Track IV: Building Health Equity in Wisconsin

November 12-13, 2020

A healthy citizenry will increase economic capacity and drastically improve quality of life in Wisconsin. But how do we help all residents of Wisconsin attain their highest level of health?  The simplistic answer is to ensure accessible, affordable health care for all. However, we know that upstream social determinants play an enormous role in determining health outcomes. Health inequities are created when barriers prevent individuals and communities from reaching their full health potential. One way to measure progress is to examine health disparities, defined as “differences in health status between people related to social or demographic factors such as race, gender, income or geographic region.” This track will seek concrete solutions to overcoming health disparities that lead to health inequity.

Session Schedule


*Date *Time Start *Time End   *Session Title Description  Speakers 
Thursday, November 12 10:30 AM 11:30 AM 37 Education and Health Equity: How Systems Can Work Together to Ensure Success of Native American Students from K12 and Beyond TBA TBA
Thursday, November 12 10:30 AM 11:30 AM 38 Being Intentional about Equity in Practice: Saving you and your Organization/Group from Headache and Heartache Taking the time to develop process and the formulation of processes can be the step in an organization/group working on equity that is daunting. This presentation aims to break down, from another organization’s perspective, how that process can look when members are heard and there is intention to the agreements that are put in place. This presentation will also address the difficulties that have arisen while working on this process and what the impact of working through the tensions and conflicts can lead to in the future. This presentation will demonstrate why a process was intentional and what that means when working on equity. Participants will be able to see where they are in the process of working on equity. Decision-making tools and insights on consensus as a process will be shared. Susan Garcia Franz, Winnebago County Health Department, Well Woman Program Coordinator; Heidi Keating, Outagamie County Health Department, Community Health Educator 
Thursday, November 12 10:30 AM 11:30 AM 39 Health Promotion Activities for Latino Youth in a Faith-Based Community Perceptions of family health and well-being, available resources, and decision-making impact health promoting behaviors. Faith-based organizations can effectively support health promotion programs in at risk communities. This session has two purposes: to present a childhood obesity intervention in a faith setting for Latino families; and to report well-being and patterns of decision-making within the family unit related to dietary intake, physical activity, and environmental resources. Discussion of barriers and future opportunities in faith-based community health work will be shared among participants in a way which fosters inclusivity and mutual learning. This presentation is an opportunity to start the conversation and synthesize the collective knowledge and experience among the attendees. The aim of this workshop is not to bring about end goals, but to help refine the community based participatory research process in faith-based settings. Martin Mikell, PhD, RN, CEN, Medical College of Wisconsin, Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Family and Community Medicine;  Mary Bullis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing, Doctoral Student; Pam Treisman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing, Doctoral Candidate   Cynthia Gonzalez, MSN, RN, OCNS-C, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing, Doctoral Student
Thursday, November 12 1:45 PM 2:45 PM 40 Nicotine Addiction and the Teen Brain: The Perfect Storm for a Public Health Disaster  The vaping epidemic is here and posing a challenge to providers, schools, parents, and public health. Teens are especially vulnerable to the on-line availability, unlicensed sales, glitzy marketing, and colorful and concealable nicotine delivery devices. Brain maturation and development is not complete so teens are more likely to seek exhilaration, novelty without having the prefrontal brain development that acts as a brake on risky behavior. Teens want to fit in and be accepted so they may give in to peer pressure and try vaping. Currently providers are seeing more nicotine product use and signs of nicotine addiction by teens (athletes, high GPA, college bound or at college, etc.) who would not previously have thought about smoking a cigarette. They do not believe they will get addicted or that it is dangerous. Nicotine is addicting another generation. Through shared knowledge and working together with providers, schools, families, public health and our lawmakers we can turn around this concerning trend.  We can help them! James A Meyer MD, Marshfield Clinic , Adolescent Medicine Specialist
Thursday, November 12 1:45 PM 2:45 PM 41 Black Communication: Supporting Healthy Black Families Interpersonal communication between patients and service providers is of key importance to the delivery of equitable, high quality care.  Service providers have to utilize multi-cultural dialects, behaviors and strategies to build trust and rapport with clients and research links this is to higher client satisfaction and increased access to quality care. This session will discuss black communications: verbal and non-verbal and cultural influences that impact care. Jalateefa Joe-Meyers APSW. MSSW, LISW, Sankofa Educational Leadership United, Founder;  Jocelyn Joe, Sankofa Educational Leadership United, Early Childhood Educator; Isaiha Meyers, Sankofa Educational Leadership United, COO
Thursday, November 12 1:45 PM 2:45 PM 42 Road to Livelihood: Supporting Refugee Culture and the Transition to Living in the US  How might Green Bay create a welcoming environment for refugees and immigrant families in the community? It takes a village to support refugees in language and literacy, education, employment, and other challenges that arise in their transition to life in Green Bay, WI, USA, while at the same time promoting cultural safety.  This session will feature a variety of perspectives through a moderated discussion format.  Moderator: Emily Askri, Forward Service Corporation, Assistant Program Coordinator;  Speakers: Robyn Hallet, Literacy Green Bay, Executive Director: Tami McLaughlin, World Relief Fox Valley, Director: Kevin Warych, Green Bay Police Department, Operators Commander: Pending Brown County Health Department; Pending Community Services Agency (COMSA)
Friday, November 13 10:45 AM 11:45 AM 43 From Roots to Results: A Qualitative Case Study of the Evolution of a Public Health Leadership Institute Building Capacity in Collaborating for Equity and Justice Focusing on power as a root cause of health and health equity requires changes in contemporary public health practice. The Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute (HWLI) was created to support coalitions to utilize community-driven approaches to improve health. Over the past 12 years, HWLI has shifted from using a more traditional public health core competency-based curriculum to one that supports participants in power-building partnerships with those most impacted by inequities to influence decision-making structures. Presenters will provide both theory and concrete examples of how their work has contributed to building health equity in Wisconsin since 2006. This session intends to elicit discussion of how other communities may begin to implement strategies that are shared to build and advance health equity. Lesley Wolf, UW Population Health Institute, Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) Group, Community Training Manager; Raymond Neal, UW Population Health Institute, Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) Group, Community Coach;  Alan Talaga, UW Population Health Institute, Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) Group, Community Coach  
Friday, November 13 10:45 AM 11:45 AM 44 An Approach to Health Equity at a Local Healthcare Organization Dr. Michelle Minikel, a family medicine physician at Bellin's Clinica Hispana, along with the colleagues will discuss the work that Bellin, a health care organization serving approximately 172,000 people in Northeastern Wisconsin, has taken to address health equity. Attendees will learn about Bellin's health outcome data collection and the inequities that were uncovered in the system, what initiatives have been launched by the health equity committee to date, the challenges and successes that have occurred, and future plans to improve health equity in Northeast Wisconsin. Participants will receive concrete steps that can be taken at their health care organizations to help improve equity. The importance of working together as a team will be a unifying theme.  Michelle Minikel, BSN, BS, MD, Bellin's Clinica Hispana, Family Physician;  Maggie Koch, BSN, BS, RN, Bellin's Clinica Hispana, Equity Team Leader;    Iraidy Ramos, Bellin's Clinica Hispana, Clinic Director
Friday, November 13 10:45 AM 11:45 AM 45 Trauma Informed Court Room Practices: Dismantling the Child Welfare to Juvenile Delinquency to Adult Prison Pipeline This session is designed to describe the child welfare to juvenile delinquency to adult prison pipeline in juvenile justice within Wisconsin. The pipeline passes traumatized children from one system to the next without addressing the deeply held trauma and mental health needs of young people and their families, thereby ultimately leaving them without the emotional and intellectual skills necessary to live a happy and productive adult life. Disparities are greatly manifested within these systems. Attendees will gain insight into the health needs of children within the juvenile justice system explained by a judge who has the primary responsibility of ensuring overall well being of the children. Attendees will also learn and see how untreated trauma and mental health creates a crisis in the lives of families. Honorable/Reverend Everett Mitchell, M.Div., Th.M., J.D., Dane County Circuit Court Judge; Senior Pastor, Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church; Adjunct Professor University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School
Friday, November 13 12:45 PM 1:45 PM 46 A Plan for Reducing Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin Despite long competing economic structures and political forces that have encouraged mass incarceration, a prison abolition movement is gaining traction in Wisconsin. This presentation sets a baseline for understanding causes of today’s prison epidemic (incarceration as punishment; discrimination in arrests, convictions and sentencing; dysfunctional probation system; etc.) towards an actionable plan to significantly reduce the prison population. Alternative courts; sentence guideline reforms; work release programs; probation reform; new approaches to policing; and the closing of some existing prisons are part of the solution. A panel of criminal justice professionals and prison exonerees share perspectives and recommendations based on lived experience. Attendees will come away from the presentation will a deeper understanding of the causes and consequences of Wisconsin’s incarceration epidemic. They will also learn basic facts about our criminal justice system and how it prejudices arrests, convictions and incarceration of black men (among others). Attendees will also gain information about the prison abolition movement—its origins, its effects, and how to engage with the movement to effect change. John A. Birdsall, Birdsall Obear & Associates SC, Attorney; Keith Findley, University of Wisconsin Madison Law School, Professor, Co-Director of The Innocence Project; Jarrett Adams, Attorney, Exoneree; Michael O'Hear, Marquette Law School, Professor; Joel Brennan, Wisconsin Department of the Administration, Secretary 
Friday, November 13 12:45 PM 1:45 PM 47 TBA    
Friday, November 13 12:45 PM 1:45 PM 48 The Intersection of Health Equity and Kindergarten Readiness  How can a community address equity issues with preparing the foundation of our workforce (a.k.a. kindergartners)? Learn how one local health department is incorporating health equity into their developmental screenings and kindergarten readiness work. Through the leadership of the early childhood coalition guidelines and measurements of readiness to learn have been developed. Now we are preparing to get parent, stakeholder and community buy-in for next steps and sustainability. Hear lessons learned and successes from a fledgling effort.  Liz Nelson, Kenosha County Division of Health, Health Services Coordinator;  Becky Miller, Kenosha County Division of Health, Public Health Nurse