Health equity means achieving the highest level of health for all people. It ensures everyone has an equal opportunity for optimal health, regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, preferred language, or other factors.
We invest in learning to help us understand and confront bias. We work to explore topics of diversity and create inclusive and supportive environments. We believe each of us can contribute to realizing more inclusive and collaborative workplaces.
Differences in health and health care between groups that stem from broader inequities are known as health and health care disparities. These disparities are often viewed through the lens of race and ethnicity, but they occur across a broad range of dimensions.
The National CLAS Standards help advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by establishing a blueprint for health and health care organizations that includes:
If one of our members requires language assistance, you can use our telephone Language Line free of charge. This line is intended for providers who do not have access to interpretation services and need to interact with our members who have limited English language proficiency.
If you have phone interpreting equipment for in-person calls, use one handset to call into the Language Line. Once connected, give the second handset to the member.
If you wish to provide feedback on your Language Line experience, email Provider Network Services. Along with your feedback, include your name, company/organization name, date/time of your call, interpreter’s name and ID number, and the member’s ID number.
The Wisconsin Center for Public Health (WICPHET) is a consortium of community and academic based partners who convene for the purpose of partners who periodically meet. They assess the professional development needs of those currently serving the public health functions of Wisconsin communities. Based on their assessment, they work to address the development needs of this workforce.
The following modules introducing health equity are geared for people already working in public health, as well as students seeking a master of public health degree.
The diversity of our communities calls for increased cultural awareness on the part of public health professionals. This series provides a basic foundation of the philosophy, values, and conceptional frameworks of cultural competence and humility. Using a culturally-aware and self-reflective lens, public health professionals can help to eliminate the health disparities.