Health Equity Initiatives

What is health equity?

Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthy. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.

For the purposes of measurement, health equity means reducing and ultimately eliminating disparities in health and its determinants that adversely affect excluded or marginalized groups.

Health Equity Initiatives

More information on Thrive WI

Mission of Thrive WI
Together, we advance understanding, alignment and action around health equity principles and practices to ensure all Wisconsinites have the opportunity to attain their highest possible level of health and human potential.

Vision for the Network
Public health professionals, community development specialists, community organizers, academics, funders, and community health advocates in Wisconsin who co-learn, share best practices, and engage in collective action to affect the social, economic and environmental determinants of health

History of the Network
With the support of the Wisconsin Partnership Program and the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health, Thrive WI was launched in 2012 as a hub for training, resource and knowledge sharing, strategy development, state meetings, planned action and alignment to advance health equity. Since then, Thrive WI has trained hundreds of Wisconsinites, held multiple statewide convenings, and promoted shared action around obesity, mass incarceration, substance use, transportation, and a variety of other issues.

Examples of current initiatives and activities

  • Coordination and facilitation of community of practice monthly calls.
  • Shared leadership for Prevention Conference/Making WI the Healthiest State Summit.
  • Facilitation of collaboration between planners and public health, for example Pan4Health.
  • Development of and ongoing support for local and regional cross-sector collaborations, such as Fox Valley Thrives’ partnership between planning, public health, and community organizers.
  • Shared leadership for From Punishment to Restoration Project, which promotes action at the intersection of mass incarceration and health equity.
  • Collaboration with UW Applied Population Lab to pilot a health equity data profile for use in Community Health Improvement Planning processes.

More information on Health Equity Capacity Building

Examples of Presentations

  • Health Equity 101, Public Health 101, Organizing 101, Power Building and Health Equity

Examples of trainings and technical assistance

  • Root cause analysis, Community engagement and health equity, Power mapping, Health equity narrative and framing, Organizing for public health, PSE change, Health equity policy analysis, Strategic campaigns.