Piloting the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW)
Project Community Advisory Board: Partners in Dissemination
The community-academic partnership involved in this pilot project will share a core interest in improving population health outcomes and addressing significant health disparities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a state, Wisconsin is relatively healthy; it ranked 12th in the United Health Foundation's 2009 American Health Rankings (United Health Foundation, 2009). Milwaukee County, however, presents a starkly different picture in terms of health determinants, ranking as one of the state's least healthy counties: 71st out of the state's 72 counties (County Health Rankings, 2010). Given that Milwaukee is the state's most vital urban area and has the largest county population, the reasons for this ranking have a major impact on the state as a whole (Vila, 2007).
The need for rigorous, scientific population-based health data and better understanding of factors contributing to the complexity of poor health outcomes in Milwaukee is readily apparent. To be effective in enhancing the health of Wisconsin's population, SHOW (Survey of the Health of Wisconsin) findings must reach and influence the lay public. Elimination of health disparities for African Americans requires that representatives from the affected communities be actively involved in all phases of the research, particularly in planning dissemination strategies. (SHOW is an infrastructure for annual health surveys designed to examine the health of the population and communities within Wisconsin).
To implement a community-academic partnership to actively involve the lay African American community in Milwaukee in the interpretation, dissemination and translation phases of the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW). Additionally, the project will:
The Wisconsin Partnership Program
Ella Dunbar (Community Partner)
Loren Galvao (Academic Partner)
The Social Development Commission
Center for Urban Population Health
UW School of Medicine & Public Health
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