Minority Health Mini-Grants Focus on Several Healthy Wisconsin Priorities

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MADISON – Five community organizations working to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations will receive Minority Health Program mini-grants that focus on several Healthy Wisconsin priorities, including drug and alcohol use, suicide prevention, and nutrition and physical activity, Wisconsin Department of Health Services officials announced today.

The grants are awarded annually to organizations statewide that work to address barriers and improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations in Wisconsin.

“We know that to close the gap in health care outcomes for minority populations, targeted efforts like these can get us closer to “everyone living better, longer” in Wisconsin,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown.

Meta House, Inc.’s Reaching Out for Recovery campaign will use its $33,600 grant to launch an information campaign targeting Black/African American women struggling with substance abuse.

Each of the following organizations will receive $25,000:

  • Wisconsin Health Literacy: Let’s Talk About Pain Medicines: To increase health literacy about pain medications among ethnic minorities.
  • Clinica Latina: Strengthening Latino Families by Increasing Social Support and Resiliency: Culturally and linguistically specific treatment that provides education about depression to Hispanic/Latino families.
  • Today Not Tomorrow: Family Resource Center Family Support Programming: To raise awareness about how healthy nutrition and physical activity can improve positive birth outcomes and lower Wisconsin’s Black infant mortality rate.
  • Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency: Adolescent Health will work to increase communication between parents and teens on how to make wise choices and avoid risky behaviors.

Healthy Wisconsin is an initiative that includes a state health assessment and improvement plan to help communities identify strategies to make Wisconsin healthier. As part of this initiative, a statewide steering committee selected five priority health issues: alcohol, nutrition and physical activity, opioids, suicide and tobacco, along with the concept of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and resilience, and how they can affect health.

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