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State council to tackle health equity

Wednesday, March 20, 2019  
Posted by: Wisconsin Health News
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State council to tackle health equity

A new state council will tackle health equity in Wisconsin under an executive order signed by Gov. Tony Evers Tuesday. 

The Governor's Health Equity Council will develop a plan to eliminate health disparities throughout Wisconsin by 2030.

The council will address disparities due to race, economic status, education, history of incarceration and geographic location. 

"We need to have some fresh eyes on this issue," Evers told reporters at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Midtown Clinic in Milwaukee. "It's an important issue for the state of Wisconsin." 

The council, staffed by the Department of Health Services, will consist of Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Department of Children Families Secretary-designee Emilie Amundson or their representatives. It'll also include others appointed by Evers.

The order cites the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute's 2016 Wisconsin Report Card, which gave the state an overall grade of D on addressing health disparities.

Evers attributed the disparities to issues around race and access to services. Providing more resources will be critical, he said.

He expects fast action, with the report being finished early next year.

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