State creates office to combat structural racism in health care

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 5:06 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has created an Office of Health Equity looking to combat structural racism and unequal access to wealth, housing, food and health care.

The goal is to improve the health of people who have been historically underrepresented.

DHS secretary-designee Karen Timberlake joined us on Action 2 News at 4:30 to discuss the new office and what DHS hopes to accomplish.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated vast differences in COVID-19 risk and outcomes, particularly for people of color. We have to change the circumstances that create gaps in opportunity to be healthy and in health outcomes,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “Our Office of Health Equity will help us continue to address health disparities and promote a culture of inclusion where Wisconsinites from all racial and ethnic identities, ages, nationalities, social and economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religious, political and ideological perspectives, and physical and mental abilities are able to thrive and be engaged in their communities.”

DHS is looking for a Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to lead the office.

“The Office of Health Equity will need a strong, talented, entrepreneurial leader who will help us put our commitment to reducing health disparities into action,” says Secretary-designee Timberlake. “We are seeking candidates from all backgrounds with a variety of lived experiences to apply for this role. Our future leader will shape the future of our agency’s diversity, equity, and inclusion work both within the internal workforce culture and for the externally facing work of DHS.”

CLICK HERE to apply for the position.

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