Health Equity and Partnerships

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Welcome letter from the Director, Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH

Dr. Willis featured in a video vignette:

Dr. Earnestine Willis Video

The Health Equity and Partnerships Division was established in July 2010 and is one of the essential components of the Medical College of Wisconsin's (MCW) Institute for Health and Society. The Health Equity Division supports health promotion for underserved populations through:

  • enhancing affiliations with other health systems

  • forging partnerships with federally qualified health centers (FQHCs)

  • developing models that uniquely establish a Partners in Health Model

  • fostering partnerships with community based groups/organizations, policy makers, and individuals within the private sector

Building Bridges
Toward Health Equity

The faculty and staff in the Health Equity and Partnerships Division are committed to working with the community to move from health disparities to health equity opportunities for all. Please read about the latest highlights and news that help advance our goals.

Featured News

The Importance of Genomic Medicine for African Americans
by Dr. Earnestine Willis and Clarene Mitchell

Cancer Prevention and Survivorship Leaders Mobilized for Biennial Symposium
by Dr. Earnestine Willis and Clarene Mitchell

Health Equity Act Now

Racial Health Disparities

Milwaukee continues to rank as one of the most segregated urban cities in the United States. This distinction, along with other social determinants of health, creates an environment that fosters inequitable health for vulnerable populations.

Faculty and staff in the Health Equity and Partnerships Division coordinate with local, state, and national agencies to support research and programming that will lead to the elimination of health disparities. To learn more about the devastating toll of racial health disparities, please view these racial health disparity reports.

Stay updated with health disparities data and research with the following:

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Health Equity and Partnerships
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“It is time to refocus, reinforce, and repeat the message that health disparities exist and that health equity benefits everyone.”
–Kathleen G. Sebelius, Secretary, U.S. Health & Human Services
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