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Racial Health Disparities Reports



2012 National Healthcare Disparities Report
The National Healthcare Quality Report tracks the health care system through quality measures, such as the percentage of heart attack patients who received recommended care when they reached the hospital or the percentage of children who received recommended vaccinations. The National Healthcare Disparities Report summarizes health care quality and access among various racial, ethnic, and income groups and other priority populations, such as residents of rural areas and people with disabilities.

A Community Response to Latino Disparities in Health
(Binational Health Week, 2011)
As part of Binational Health Week in 2011, this paper was released to show the growing population of Latinos in the U.S. and the growing unmet health needs.

A Roadmap and Best Practices for Organizations to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care
(Chin MH, Clarke AR, Nocon RS, Casey AA, Goddu AP, Keesecker NM and Cook SC, Journal of Internal Medicine, 2012)
In 2005, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation began a national program, Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change, to identify promising interventions to reduce disparities in health care. This article, written by staff of the national program office at the University of Chicago, describes the work of the program to conduct systematic reviews of the literature, evaluate promising practices, provide technical assistance to health care organizations, and disseminate their findings.

Amazing Facts about Health (Unnatural Causes, California Newsreel, National Minority Consortia of Public Television, 2008)
Unnatural Causes is a four-hour documentary series exploring our socio-economic and racial inequities in health.

Awareness of Racial And Ethnic Health Disparities Has Improved Only Modestly Over A Decade
(Benz, J.K., et al., American Journal of Medical Quality 2012)
Policy makers must increase the availability and quality of data on racial and ethnic health disparities and create multisectoral partnerships to develop targeted educational campaigns to increase awareness of health disparities.

Center for Disease Control Social Determinants of Health Reports
The Public Health Reports focuses on data systems and their use in addressing social determinants of health.

Health Disparities and Inequalities Report 2013 (Centers for Disease Control, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Update, 2013)
The report provides analysis and reporting of the recent trends and ongoing variations in health disparities and inequalities in selected social and health indicators, both of which are important steps in encouraging actions and facilitating accountability to reduce modifiable disparities by using interventions that are effective and scalable. 

Healthier Lives, Stronger Families, Safer Communities: How Increasing Funding for Alternatives to Prison Will Save Lives and Money in Wisconsin (November 2012)
Human Impact Partners, in collaboration with WISDOM, conducted a Health Impact Assessment from October 2011 – October 2012 of the predicted results of increasing funding for state Treatment Alternative Diversion (TAD) programs. These programs include drug and alcohol treatment courts, day reporting centers, mental health treatment courts and other initiatives, all based on the principle that public health issues, such as substance abuse and mental health problems, are at the root of many crimes. Considering the substantial numbers of people affected by the criminal justice system, a shift by Wisconsin funding priorities to problem solving courts instead of incarceration could benefit thousands of people statewide and help address the massive social inequities inherent in Wisconsin’s prison system.

Healthiest Wisconsin 2020
Wisconsin State Health Plan, Healthiest Wisconsin 2020: Everyone Living Better, Longer represents the third decade of statewide community health improvement planning designed to benefit the health of everyone in Wisconsin and the communities in which we live, play, work, and learn.

Healthy People 2020
From the Department of Health & Human Services, Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2013 (United States Census Bureau)
This report presents data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the United States based on information collected in the 2012 and earlier Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Milwaukee Health Report 2012: Health Disparities in Milwaukee by Socioeconomic Status (Center for Urban Population Health, 2012)
Many researchers have found that there is a relationship between people's socioeconomic status (SES, commonly measured as a combination of income and education) and their health. This has been documented in studies in the United States as well as in countries around the world. The relationship between SES and health has also been found to exist in the City of Milwaukee. The Center for Urban Population Health and the City of Milwaukee Health Department have prepared the Milwaukee Health Report by analyzing local data in order to update what we already know about the relationship between health and socioeconomic status. The goal of this report is to provide policy makers and community organizations with meaningful information that can be used in addressing Milwaukee's health issues.

National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity
The National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity provides a common set of goals and objectives for public and private sector initiatives and partnerships to help racial and ethnic minorities, and other underserved groups, reach their full health potential.

Reducing Poverty in Wisconsin: Analysis of the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute Policy Package (Giannarelli, L., Lippold, K., Martinez-Schiferl, M. Urban Institute, June 2012)
This report describes an analysis of a package of proposals to reduce poverty developed by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Ten Things to Know About Health (Unnatural Causes, California Newsreel, National Minority Consortia of Public Television, 2008)
Unnatural Causes is a four-hour documentary series exploring our socio-economic and racial inequities in health.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
The HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities outlines goals and actions HHS will take to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities.

Why Place & Race Matter (Bell, Judith & Lee, Mary. PolicyLink, 2011)
PolicyLink and The California Endowment have long recognized that place and race matter. Despite the fanciful talk in the media about a “post racial” society following President Barack Obama’s election, most neighborhoods are segregated along racial lines.

Place Matters for Health in Cook County: Ensuring Opportunities for Good Health for All (The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Cook County 2012)
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Cook County, IL, PLACE MATTERS team are very pleased to add to the existing knowledge base with this report. The report, supported by a grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health, provides a comprehensive analysis of the range of social, economic, and environmental conditions in Cook County and documents their relationship to the health status of the county’s residents.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Births and Infant Deaths
This report presents information about births that occurred in 2010 to Wisconsin residents. Information from previous years is also presented to show changes over time. Information is included on the number and rate of live births; demographic characteristics of the mother, such as age, race/ethnicity, marital status, education and number of previous births; characteristics of the pregnancy and delivery, including the trimester that prenatal care began, number of visits, and whether the mother smoked during pregnancy; and characteristics of the newborn. Also included is information about infants who died before their first birthday, and fetuses of more than 20 weeks of gestation who were stillborn.
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