Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) Releases 2019 Health Disparities Report

Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) recently released 2019 Wisconsin Health Disparities Report. The report identifies where disparities in health outcomes and care exist in rural and urban areas in Wisconsin. WCHQ used a unique categorization system developed by investigators at the University of Wisconsin Health Innovation Program (HIP) to provide data that will inform and accelerate the work statewide aimed at eliminating health disparities. 

The results show:

  • People living in rural underserved areas are experiencing substantial disparities in colorectal cancer screening and are much less likely to be tobacco-free if they have heart disease;
  • Rural areas classified as advantaged have a much lower HPV vaccination rate;
  • There were substantial disparities in the urban underserved population in two areas: childhood vaccinations and optimal control of heart disease, which includes blood pressure control, use of statin and daily aspirin, and no tobacco use; and,  
  • Those who are categorized as urban advantaged were screened for depression significantly less often than the highest performing group. 

Learn more about the data collection and methodology here.

Access the report: https://www.wchq.org/pdfs/Disparities_Report_2019_9-20_FINAL.pdf

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