Original Healthiest State Project Aims

The objective of this four-year project is to identify the most effective investments for and to monitor Wisconsin's progress towards becoming the nation's healthiest state with less health disparity. This is a research and translation effort funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Fund for a Healthy Future (Blue Cross Program) to

  1. assess Wisconsin's population health in a way that can be periodically compared with the population health of other US states (using existing secondary data), and
  2. develop recommendations so that we can efficiently achieve and maintain the goal of being the healthiest state.

    Assessment and Planning Aims:

  1. Characterize the population health of Wisconsin and Wisconsin communities. This will involve identifying and assessing multiple measures of health outcomes (such as mortality, morbidity, and health-related quality of life) and their distribution and disparity across the State.
  2. Compare the population health of Wisconsin with that of other U.S. states and other states' communities, as well as relative trends across states for the multiple health measures chosen in Aim 1.
  3. In order to guide policy and investment for Wisconsin improvement:
    • Examine relationships between health determinants and outcomes across states and
    • Identify programs and policies that may be effective in altering determinants that yield intended outcomes. (Wherever possible, the relative cost effectiveness of different approaches will be identified.)
    This aim will be addressed by systematic reviews of relevant literature and supplemented with additional secondary ecologic data analyses.
  4. Translation Aims:

  5. Using the information gained from the pursuit of Aims 1-3, develop evidence-based practice recommendations for Wisconsin-specific policies and interventions that would feasibly and efficiently lead to Wisconsin becoming the "healthiest state."
  6. Distribute the findings of Aims 1-4 using effective "knowledge transfer" techniques such as outreach education (workshops, forums, etc.) and publications (e.g., issue briefs) and monitor the use and application of these findings.

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