Partnering to Support Funding of Healthy Women, Healthy Babies Budget

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Partnering to Support Funding of Healthy Women, Healthy Babies Budget

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African American babies born in Dane County are nearly twice as likely to be born at a low birth weight; and three times likely to die within their first year of life. UnityPoint Health – Meriter, together with our Dane County Health Council partners, is focused on eliminating inequities in birth outcomes of African American families. We know engaging with multiple stakeholders and addressing a variety of social determinants of health is an important step forward and, advocating at the policy and systems levels is critical.

To that end, members of The Dane County Health Council recently endorsed a letter of support to Wisconsin state legislators expressing our support of the Healthy Women, Healthy Babies budget proposal which would allocate $28 million to address inequities. UnityPoint Health – Meriter, through our 2019-2021 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) work, has prioritized Maternal and Child Health and is developing shared community health implementation strategies with our UW Health partners to improve African American birth outcomes. 

Read a copy of the letter to Wisconsin State Legislators here.

In addition, as part of the Healthy Dane Collaborative we recently helped complete the CHNA, which is updated on a triennial basis to determine the health needs of the community. To do this in Dane County, we partnered with SSM Health/St. Mary's Hospital, UW Health, Stoughton Hospital, Group Health Cooperative of South-Central Wisconsin, and Public Health Madison and Dane County to create the assessment. This collaborative demonstrates the core belief of all our organizations – that the health of our community is paramount. Nothing is greater than helping our neighbors stay and be well. 

Visit our community giving page to learn more about this partnership and view a copy of the 2019-2021 assessment.