Addressing Health Inequities in Fond du Lac County

Health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by populations that have been historically disadvantaged by their social or economic status, geographic location, and environment. 

Communities can prevent health disparities when community and faith-based organizations, employers, healthcare systems and providers, public health agencies, and policymakers work together to develop policies, programs, and systems based on a health equity framework and community needs.

FoodWIse is currently coordinating funding that aims to address health inequities in Fond du Lac County. This funding is through a program called Community Connects through United HealthCare. FoodWIse is partnering with the Fond du Lac Public Health Department to distribute the funding to address access to healthcare and breastfeeding. The Fond du Lac County Health Department provides various health services in the community, but transportation remains a barrier for many, especially underserved communities. This funding will support gas gift cards to immunization clinics, dental visits, and prenatal appointments. The WIC office encourages healthy eating and nutrition during pregnancy and early childhood. The funding will also support breastfeeding supplies, such as breast pump spare parts, breastfeeding covers and clothing, and breastmilk storage bags.

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