Wisconsin Gov. Appoints 33 To Health Equity Council

MADISON, WI — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday appointed 33 health professionals, politicians and nonprofit directors to his Health Equity Council.

The council aims to bolster overall public health in Wisconsin and and create more equitable health outcomes for all Wisconsinites, according to a release.

“We didn’t need the COVID-19 pandemic to tell us that your health is closely linked to your zip code, race, and other socioeconomic factors,” Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said in a statement. “Through this robust public-private collaboration we can target the social determinants of health that drive these health disparities and make real progress towards ensuring that every Wisconsinite has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.”

According to the release, Wisconsin in 2016 was given a “D” in a University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute report.

The council is made up of:

  • Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes
  • DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm
  • Michelle Robinson, Research, Evaluation, & Program Integrity Advisor, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF)
  • Gina Green-Harris, Director of Center for Community Engagement and Health Partnerships, UW School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Paula Tran Inzeo, Group Director, UW Population Health Institute, Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health
  • Lilliann Paine, Chief of Staff, Milwaukee City Health Department
  • Micaela Berry-Smith, Executive Director, Harambee Village
  • Tia Murray, Owner, Co-Founder, and President, Harambee Village
  • Jasmine Zapata, Assistant Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Maria Barker, Director of Latinx Programs and Initiatives, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
  • Janel Hines, Senior Director of Grant Programs and Strategic Initiatives, Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • Lisa Peyton-Caire, Founder and President, The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness
  • Andrea Werner, Senior Vice President, Bellin Health Hospital Center
  • Ellen Sexton, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Wisconsin
  • William Parke-Sutherland, Health Policy Engagement Coordinator, Kids Forward
  • Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, UW Health
  • Sandra Brekke, Senior Consultant, Office of Population Health, Gundersen Health System
  • Tito Izard, President and CEO, Milwaukee Health Services, Inc.
  • Jerry Waukau, Tribal Health Director, Menominee Nation
  • Guy (Anahkwet) Reiter, Executive Director, Menikanaehkem, Inc.
  • Mary Thao, Marshfield Clinic
  • Sarah Ferber, Associate Director, Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing
  • Amy DeLong, Family Physician and Medical Director, Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Wanda Montgomery, Community Partnerships Director, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Stacy Clark, Intersectionality Among Men Program Coordinator, Diverse & Resilient
  • Elizabeth Valitchka, Strategic Advisor, DCF
  • Joya Headley, Public Health Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Cristal Tinajero Rodríguez, Student, Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Gale Johnson, Director of Wisconsin Well Woman Program, DHS
  • Isaak Mohamed, Somali Liaison & Community Health Worker, Barron County
  • Diane Erickson, Clinic Administrator, Red Cliff Community Health Center
  • Patricia Metropulos, President and CEO, Kathy’s House
  • Julie Mitchell, Commercial Medical Director, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin

The council is set to meet for the first time on Wednesday.

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