Increasing the diversity of Wisconsin's public health workforce
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Wisconsin's public health workforce is facing a crisis: significant health disparities, ever-increasing health care expenses and the consequent need to focus on prevention, as well as the increased recognition of the impact of the social and economic determinants of health and an impending decrease in the capacity of the public health workforce to foster healthy communities.
The Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) indicates that a diverse health care workforce can help address disparities. Wisconsin has large health disparities and does not have a diverse public health workforce. To move forward toward a goal of reducing disparities, promoting prevention, and addressing the social determinants of health, Wisconsin's public health workforce must reflect the demographics of the community, be sufficient, and be competent in providing the essential public health services.
Through this award, project partners aim to begin addressing the challenge of increasing African-American and Hispanic involvement in the public health workforce through the identification of and use of evidence-based social marketing tactics.
Additional community partner:
Wisconsin Division of Public Health
Additional MCW academic partners:
Kim Contardi, Emergency Medicine; Jenny Her, Emergency Medicine
8701 W Watertown Plank Road,
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509
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