The Primary purpose of this walk is to garner city-wide support for the Wisconsin African American Eliminating Health Disparities Institute. This Institute was established by the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin, who has a long-standing, proven history of improving the health status of African Americans in the state of Wisconsin. The Institute will focus on the elimination of health disparities for African American in Wisconsin through data warehousing, research and policy development. This Institute will also allow the African American community to have control regarding development, analysis, and dissemination of health information, and will ensure that the overall well-being is improved.

Another very important reason for the walk is to engage the community in a healthy meaningful activity. The promotion of good health is key to the reduction of health disparities. This walk will go a long way in sending the message that African Americans do care about their health.







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Wisconsin Black Health Disparities Facts

  • Homicide is the leading cause of death among Black males and females aged 15 to 24 years old.
  • The death rate in Wisconsin due to diabetes for Blacks (53 per 100,000) was more than 2 times greater than the rate for Whites (22 per 100,000).
  • 65% of Black adults are overweight.
  • The disparity in the proportion of low birth weight births between Blacks and other racial/ethnic groups in Wisconsin has not declined in the past 20 years.
  • In 2008, teen births represented 8% of births overall. By race/ethnicity, teen births represented 6% of births to Whites and 22% of births to Blacks.
  • Blacks in Wisconsin have a HIV infection rate of 52 per 100,000 compared to 4 per 100,000 for Whites.
  • 10% of Blacks in Wisconsin were uninsured for an entire year compared to 4% of Whites in 2008.




Thank you to everyone who made the 10th Annual Walk for Quality Health a success! Join us next year for the 11th Annual Walk for Quality Health June 7, 2014!



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