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Wisconsin Making Progress on Health, but Disparities Persist

Monday, December 22, 2014  
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Wisconsin Making Progress on Health, but Disparities Persist

December 17, Wisconsin Health News

While Wisconsin is making overall progress on cutting smoking, excessive drinking, teen births and the rate of premature death, significant differences in health between geographic regions, racial and ethnic groups and educational level continue.

For instance, smoking rates are remaining steady for African-Americans, and Wisconsin adults with a high school diploma are more than twice as likely to smoke as those with a college degree, according to a report on Wisconsin health trends released Tuesday by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

"We think of Wisconsin as a healthy place to live, work and raise a family, but these opportunities are not shared by all in our state," Karen Timberlake, UW Population Health Institute director, said in a statement. "We have a lot of work to do to ensure that everyone in Wisconsin has a chance to make healthy choices and lead a long and healthy life."

The report presents a way to assess whether Wisconsin is improving health throughout life and achieving health equity, two goals of the Wisconsin State Health Plan: Healthiest Wisconsin 2020. It used data from a variety of sources, with most data coming from 2012.

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