In 2015, the Wisconsin Partnership Program began strategic discussions regarding how to explicitly focus on issue of health equity.

Some of the questions the Wisconsin Partnership Program sought to tackle include: 

  • How can we advance health?
  • How can we improve health at a more rapid rate for people who are disproportionately suffering poorer health outcomes?
  • How can we bring a lens of health equity to the decisions we make?

In September 2016, the Partnership Program hosted the Advancing Health Equity Conference. The day-long event was a first step in the Wisconsin Partnership Program’s journey in moving forward with efforts to further incorporate health equity as a crucial component of its vision and framework for future investments.

The Wisconsin Partnership Program has compiled a group of health equity resources in addition to videos from the Advancing Health Equity conference, which can be found below.

The resources listed below were those mentioned by the speakers, moderators and panelists during the Health Equity Conference on Sept. 7, 2016. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of resources with regard to health equity work. We intend to expand this list of resources as our work in this area evolves.

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Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH)

The MATCH group focuses on assessing population health and working with communities to help them a) identify opportunities for improving community health and b) find and implement evidence-based programs and policies to address these issues. We provide a variety of tools and resources to assist communities in Wisconsin.

County Health Rankings

The County Health Rankings allow you to access a snapshot of health in a specific county anywhere in the United States as well as a summary of evidence-based interventions for improving health and well-being.

What Works for Health

What Works for Health is an online resource designed to accompany the County Healthy Rankings and Roadmaps. It provides guidance on what works in communities with examples of evidence-based interventions to improve various factors that impact health.

The United Community Center

Located in the southside of Milwaukee, the United Community Center provides a wide range of health and human services to the Hispanic community, including education, arts, and recreation rooted in a celebration of heritage.

United Way ALICE report

The United Way ALICE Project provides a framework, language, and tools to measure and understand the struggles of the growing number of households in our communities who do not earn enough to afford basic necessities, a population called ALICE. This research initiative partners with state United Way organizations to deliver research-based data that can stimulate meaningful discussion, attract new partners, and ultimately inform strategies that affect positive change.

Collaborative Center for Health Equity

The Collaborative Center for Health Equity, supported by the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and located within the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, connects partners from the state’s rural, urban, and tribal communities with university faculty, staff, and students to advance long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships in teaching, research, and service initiatives to improve health equity in underserved communities of Wisconsin.

Institute for Research on Poverty webinars

The Institute for Research on Poverty is a center for interdisciplinary research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States. It is nonprofit and nonpartisan. It is based at UW-Madison. As one of three National Poverty Research Centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it has a particular interest in poverty and family welfare in Wisconsin as well as the nation.

Evaluating Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

From the article abstract, co-authored by Dr. David Williams: “The opportunities for healthy choices in homes, neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces can have decisive impacts on health. We review scientific evidence from promising interventions focused on the social determinants of health and discuss how such interventions can improve population health and reduce health disparities. We found sufficient evidence of successful outcomes to support disparity-reducing policy interventions targeted at education and early childhood; urban planning and community development; housing; income enhancements and supplements; and employment. Cost-effectiveness evaluations show that these interventions lead to long-term societal savings, but the interventions require more routine attention to cost considerations. We discuss challenges to implementation, including the need for long-term financing to scale up effective interventions for implementation at the local, state, and national levels.”

Health Leads

Health Leads is a social enterprise that envisions a healthcare system that addresses all patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of quality care. For 20 years, Health Leads has worked with leading healthcare organizations to tackle social co-morbidities by connecting patients to the community-based resources they need to be healthy – from food to transportation to healthcare benefits. Health Leads is committed to leveraging its tools, expertise and direct services to change what “counts” as healthcare – and accelerate the leadership, best practices, incentives and research required to improve the health and well-being of patients.

Moving to Opportunity for Fair Housing

Moving to Opportunity for Fair Housing is a 10-year research demonstration that combines tenant-based rental assistance with housing counseling to help very low-income families move from poverty-stricken urban areas to low-poverty neighborhoods.

Purpose Built Communities

The vision of Purpose Built Communities guides neighborhood revitalization by creating pathways out of poverty for the lowest-income residents, and building strong, economically diverse communities.

Commission to Build a Healthier America

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation formed the Commission to Build a Healthier America to investigate why Americans aren’t as healthy as they could be and to look outside the health care system for ways to improve health for all. In December 2009, the commission issued 10 recommendations to dramatically improve health for all Americans. Although the official work of the Commission came to a close in December 2009, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is committed to carrying on the legacy of the Commission and its recommendations by integrating the work and findings of the Commission into all of its programming addressing the social determinants of health.

Creating the Medical School of the Future

The American Medical Association is collaborating to accelerate change in medical education by creating a system that trains physicians to meet the needs of today's patients and to anticipate future changes. Find more information about Creating the Medical School of the Future's efforts to change medical education, the schools participating, and the outcomes demonstrated by the medical schools of the future.

Principles of Community Engagement

Available in both English and Spanish, Principles of Community Engagement distills critical messages from the growing body of information and commentary on community engagement and provides detailed practical information about the application of the principles. It also responds to changes in the larger social context, including the increasing use of “virtual communities” and the growing interest in community-engaged health research.

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services is a curriculum for developing culturally and linguistically appropriate services and providing quality healthcare. Developed by the UC Davis Health System.