The Development of Every Woman Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Healthiest Women Initiative (known today as Every Woman Wisconsin) is a statewide system-level collaboration to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities and improve overall birth outcomes in Wisconsin. Below is a timeline of events that shows the initial statewide shift toward a preconception health model which began in the 1980s and how it has expanded in recent decades.
The purpose of Every Woman Wisconsin is to identify and implement evidence-based strategies that will improve the health of Wisconsin women and men of reproductive age and reduce the racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes. The goals below were agreed upon by the initiative's partners to encourage alignment and collaboration with a statewide systems approach to preconception health to support women and children.
Goal 1: Build and strengthen community capacity
Increase community capacity and awareness to better ensure that women, families, consumers, communities, health care providers, and leaders understand the causes and determinants of health during childbearing years and its link to healthy birth outcomes.
Goal 2: Expand access to and affordability of high quality services
Expand access to and affordability of effective and appropriate health care interventions as well as psychosocial and socioeconomic supports for men and women of childbearing age.
Goal 3: Improve accountability: identify and monitor relevant information
Identify and monitor relevant information regarding the health of men and women of childbearing age in order to close the gap in birth outcomes by means of effective programs and interventions.
Review the events below in list, flipbook, or 'timeline' format to get a sense of how Every Woman Wisconsin came to be!