In Milwaukee County, we are taking an all-hands approach to realizing our vision that by achieving racial equity, Milwaukee is the healthiest county in Wisconsin. Together we will dismantle institutional racism in our organization and build up policies, practices and a culture that ensures race no longer predicts health outcomes, and outcomes for everyone improve.
We enhance the quality of life in Milwaukee County through great public service.
By achieving racial equity, Milwaukee is the healthiest county in Wisconsin.
Inclusion: We actively seek diverse perspectives when making decisions.
Influence: We collectively use our power to positively impact our community.
Integrity: We do the right thing even when no one is looking.
By Achieving Racial Equity, Milwaukee Will Be the Healthiest County in Wisconsin
Milwaukee County acknowledges that explicitly and implicitly racist policies and practices at the local, state and federal government levels have worked to the advantage of white people and to the disadvantage of people of color. While these discriminatory policies and practices may not appear to have any correlation with health outcomes, the impact along racial lines is indisputable. Race is a leading predictor of both quality and length of life. In Milwaukee County a white person will live on average 14 years longer than a black person, according to data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
If health impacts are the effect, it is on local government to change the cause.
To affect change, Milwaukee County's strategic direction will examine how policy, budget and operational decisions made by each department impact residents.
While it will be a long, difficult, sometimes challenging path, Milwaukee County is committed to achieving real, and lasting change. Racial equity is larger than ensuring that race will no longer be a predictor of a resident’s health. When racial equity is achieved, outcomes for everyone will improve.
Racial equity is not a project at Milwaukee County—it is the way forward.
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Racial Equity in Milwaukee County
Recognizing that institutional racism is a critical issue to the inequities experienced across Milwaukee County, the graphics below show some of the most significant racial disparities plaguing our community.
Three Strategic Focus Areas
No Wrong Door
To advance the County’s strategic plan and No Wrong Door, we are integrating the Departments of Health and Human Services, the Department of Aging and the Department of Veteran Services. By doing so, we will provide improved services to residents of all ages across their lifespan.
We have created a Frequently Asked Questions document to address questions that have been raised about this integration. For additional questions, contact the Milwaukee County Executive using this form. We will update the FAQ as additional questions arise.