Reducing Health Disparities
Examination of health disparities is conducted by analyzing large databases, e.g. examining the National Survey of Children’s Health, in birth outcomes adjusting for age, race/ethnicity, education attainment, households’ income levels, marital status, access to primary care physicians, neighborhood factors etc.; health care for children in foster care, unmet needs for children in dental and mental health; preventive services such as bicycle helmets, oral health, infant mortality prevention and literacy promotion.
To help Milwaukee communities address significant health inequities, projects will (1) increase understanding of health equity in Milwaukee neighborhoods, (2) build community civic capacity, and (3) effect policy change.
Other Community-Academic Partnerships (MCW Healthier WI Partnership Program) initiatives are 3-year grants for asthma control (Dr. Meurer); nutrition and physical activity (Dr. Meurer); auto safety (Dr. Brixey); health insurance enrollment (Dr. Willis); 1-year grant for city health policy (Dr. Meurer) and pregnancy prevention (D. Ehrmann) with the majority of funds shared with community partners.