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We are neighbors and community leaders, employers, healthcare providers, experts and advocates from across Wisconsin, working together to improve the health and well-being of our nearly 6 million Wisconsin residents.
Health is everywhere—in our homes and relationships, where we work and play, and in our community organizations, institutions and policies. That’s why Healthy Wisconsin incorporates people and ideas from all walks of life. Because together, we can make Wisconsin healthier.
In 2010, Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 laid out an exciting plan for the future of Wisconsin’s health. Designed with input from more than 1,500 people to “benefit the health of everyone in Wisconsin and the communities in which we live, play, work and learn,” the vision of the ten-year state health plan was simple: to help everyone in our state live better, longer.
Two goals complement this vision. The first is to improve people’s health throughout their life, by encouraging healthy practices when they’re young to help them avoid chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes later in life. The second goal is to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity in Wisconsin, ensuring that everyone has a chance to live a healthy life.
With 2020 in sight, Healthy Wisconsin conducted a health assessment process that would lead to Wisconsin’s comprehensive state health improvement plan.
Led by a steering committee representing Wisconsin communities and leaders, we considered nearly two dozen health concerns before identifying five key health priorities for our state: alcohol, nutrition and physical activity, opioids, suicide and tobacco. We also recognized the need to build awareness around the effect ACEs can have on our health.
These priorities were reviewed by subject matter experts, the steering committee and the public at large before receiving Secretary Rhoades’ approval in May 2016.
Next, Healthy Wisconsin outlined a series of objectives for each focus area and enlisted help from the public, along with insights from people working closely on these issues, to validate our goals and help us develop practical strategies for success. Priority Action Teams were formed to track each plan’s success and to report our progress to the Public Health Council in December 2019.
Filled with actionable goals, transparent data and evidence-based strategies for giving everyone the opportunity to live a healthier life, the Healthy Wisconsin site serves the public as a comprehensive, community-focused resource for understanding Wisconsin’s health.
Now let’s see what we can accomplish together.