There is more to health than health care, thus the team has decided to take on a new challenge and focus. Decades of research and volumes of scholarly articles have documented that people’s health and chances of becoming sick and dying early are greatly influenced by powerful social factors such as education, income, nutrition, housing and neighborhoods. Yet, according to author Dennis Raphael, this important work has had little penetration into, and less impact upon, public health activities in the United States.
We will create venues to transfer this knowledge in order to motivate and activate the citizens of Milwaukee. Empowered with information, we will identify means to influence policies that address the political and economic forces that shape the health of our community.