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Series: Disparities In Wisconsin

Since the turn of the century, Wisconsin's population has steadily grown more diverse, but there has also been growing understanding that the state has some of the worst racial disparities in the United States. Particularly stark indicators come in the form of health, education and housing struggles of racial minorities. These problems have deep roots in Wisconsin, from the establishment of Native American reservations to the treatment of the state's first Latin-American and African-American residents to the segregation of neighborhoods in Milwaukee. A growing body of research across disciplines ranging from public health to economics is revealing the far-reaching impacts of structural racism, and in the process outlines the challenges policymakers, educators and health care providers will need to address to make Wisconsin an equitable place for all people.
 
Wisconsin continues to have some of the worst racial achievement gaps in education, including the largest disparity in eighth-grade reading scores between black and white students.
While poverty has long been thought of as an economic problem, officials in Milwaukee are starting to examine the issue through the lens of public health, and refocusing on the health and societal outcomes poverty can have.
When it comes to receiving treatment for cervical cancer, many minority women are receiving poorer care than their white counterparts.
Health officials in Milwaukee are shifting their strategy for reducing infant mortality in the city.
A state website where people can register and find out more about organ donation had only been in English, but is now also in Spanish
When it comes to disparities between black and white communities, Wisconsin is considered one of the worst states in the nation for racial inequality, according to a report released in January 2017 by the Center on Wisconsin Strategy.
A new health report shows a lot of room for improvement in Wisconsin, especially for American minority groups and people without a college education.
A report released Friday by the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum showed enrollment in southeastern Wisconsin's school districts dropped by more than 3,500 students in the 2015-16 academic year.
A new report shows wages of Hispanic women in Wisconsin declined 20.8 percent during the last decade.
A report released this month from the University of Wisconsin-Madison found race is a key factor in understanding evictions in Dane County.