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Wisconsin Department of Health Services' Minority Health Program


Wisconsin Department of Health Services' Minority Health Program
Madison, WI 53707

Amount: $150,000

The Wisconsin Minority Health Program was created in 1999 to provide a persistent and continuing focus on the elimination of health disparities and build effective partnerships to improve the health of disadvantaged and vulnerable communities in the state. The program provides leadership and expertise in addressing health equity; technical assistance regarding cultural, linguistic and literacy needs; and linkages to racial and ethnic communities.

Project Abstract

The Minority Health Program’s project will target racial and ethnic minorities in Wisconsin. It aims to address health inequities by promoting the adoption of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (The National CLAS Standards) through existing channels of communication, meetings, activities and grant-funding opportunities. The Minority Health Program will also develop technical assistance and training modules.
Expected outcomes include a 10 percent increase each grant year in the Department of Health Services internal partners’ adoption and implementation of the National CLAS Standards and a 10 percent increase in external partners’/targeted communities’ adoption and implementation of the National CLAS Standards.
Performance measures include:

  • Development of a pledge card to commit to adopting and implementing the National CLAS Standards
  • Development of “template wording” to explain the National CLAS Standards
  • Development of a list of activities, training and competencies for implementing the plan
  • Increased inclusion of the National CLAS Standards by programs and partners in their service delivery and/or guidance, policies, contracting or other activities

The grantee will collect data using organizational self-assessments, training modules, training needs assessments, document reviews, surveys, interviews and tracking documents. The grantee will use a secure Microsoft SharePoint platform as the repository for collected data, forms and tracking documents; Wisconsin TRAIN to track staff training; Adobe Connect to record meetings and trainings and conduct staff surveys; and an automated Microsoft Word reporting form based on the PDS.  
Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health and other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)

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