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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.
 
Policies based on eugenics — the notion that humanity can essentially speed up its own evolution by weeding out people with "undesirable" traits — were once widespread in the United States.
Wisconsin's infant mortality rate has held steady over the past few years, in line with and sometimes below the national average. In fact, the rate of infants dying in the state between 2013-15 is slightly lower than it was a decade earlier.
Pretty Soon Runs Out is a 1968 documentary about the effects of urban renewal in the inner core of Milwaukee. Its creation is detailed in the new book Wisconsin on the Air: 100 Years of Public Broadcasting in the State That Invented It .
StoryWalk in Crawford County
This summer, parents in Crawford County who want to help their children increase their physical outdoor activity can take them on literary walking tours — and help their communities achieve better health outcomes.
Matthew Desmond
Evictions not only put poor families out on the streets, but simultaneously set off a cascade of consequences for both the people and neighborhoods affected.