In order to improve health, we must understand how healthy we are today. This in turn will guide in choosing priorities, implementing evidence-based strategies, evaluating existing policies and programs, and engaging partners across all sectors. The Making Wisconsin the Healthiest State project seeks to help us understand and improve health across Wisconsin — where are we doing well? Where do we need to improve? Where should we focus? What works to improve health?
This project is supported by the Wisconsin Partnership Program, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and has three primary aims:
- Aim 1: Measure, Assess and Report on Wisconsin’s Health and Health Disparities
Aim 2: Support Local Efforts in Health Improvement
- NEW: What Works for Health in Wisconsin? Social and Economic Strategies to Improve Health and Equity
- Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation
- What Works for Health – a database of policies and programs that can improve health, including summaries of research on what does and does not work
- What Works? Strategies to Improve Rural Health (July 2015): Key steps toward building healthy communities – rural, urban, and in between – along with many policies and programs that have been tested or implemented in rural areas.
- Report: What Works? Policies and Programs to Improve Wisconsin’s Health (Updated September 2012)
- Database: Policies and Programs to Improve Wisconsin’s Health
- Find the Bright Spots: Profiles of four Wisconsin communities and their health improvement efforts
- Small Businesses and Workplace Wellness – Profiles of four Wisconsin companies who have adopted workplace wellness to promote employee health as well as engagement.
- County Health Rankings & Roadmaps: Provides data and support for mobilizing local communities, national partners and leaders across all sectors to improve health.
Aim 3: Support Statewide Impact on Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes for Health
- Analyze common priorities in community health improvement plans across the state and share findings to connect communities working on common objectives.
- Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin: a website dedicated to sharing information about hospitals’ and local health departments’ shared priorities for health, along with snapshots of their planned implementation strategies.
- Engage business leaders to identify health improvement priorities and develop targeted materials to drive action by business to improve health.
- Explore opportunities to support infrastructure investments for health by convening representatives of federal and local financial institutions with leaders in community health improvement.
Project Leader: Sheri Johnson