Race to Equity Session: Wed, Aug. 6, 7:30-8:30am

Please join us on Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 7:30-8:30am.The authors of the Race to Equity report will present a talk at the Primary Care Conference In Bay 6 at St. Mary’s Hospital:

  • “No state worse than Wisconsin for black children, says new national study.” - The Capital Times, April 1, 2014
  • “Rural or urban, north or south, across the United States, Dane County is ‘rock bottom’ when it comes to racial disparities… ‘It’s really jarring.’” - Wisconsin State Journal, October 2, 2013.

Two recent reports by the Wisconsin Council on Families and Children and the Annie E. Casey Foundation show that Wisconsin and Dane County, in particular, have some of the worst racial disparities in the entire nation. As we are changing our name from the Department of Family Medicine to the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, it is imperative that we engage with the shocking disparities in our own backyard. 

This lecture starts a faculty and resident development series called “The 2020 Initiative” that seeks to have us engage with the implications of the rapidly changing communities around us. This particular session will help frame a larger discussion as we strategize on how to develop an intentional departmental plan embracing issues of disparities, diversity and inclusion as clinicians, teachers, researchers, and informed and engaged participants in our own community.

We look forward to seeing you all at this important session.  We will be videotaping the session so you may access it if you are unable to join us.

Jennifer Edgoose, Jennifer.Edgoose@fammed.wisc.edu

Below is information about the talk and more details may be found in the attached flyer.

Race to Equity: A Project to Reduce Racial Disparities in Dane County

Dane County repeatedly ranks near the bottom in national studies on the extent of racial disparities in health, education, justice and child welfare systems. Racial disparities compromise the life chances of many children and families and thwart our common interest that every child grows up healthy, safe and successful. The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families aspires to make a greater contribution to narrowing and ultimately eliminating racial disparities in Wisconsin. The primary mission of its Race To Equity is to build a fairer, more just and competitive community by narrowing the gaps in the opportunities and outcomes between families of color and larger community. Addressing racial disparities is critical, not only as a matter of simple fairness, but also for our county’s collective well-being. 

Presented by Erica Nelson, Project Director for the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families’ Race to Equity Project and Torry Winn, consultant for strategic partnerships and engagement for Race to Equity.

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