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Join us during Health Equity Week

The Wauwatosa Health Department highlights health equity and what you can do to support it
Post Date:12/03/2018 2:00 PM

Each day this week, we will be highlighting the topic of health equity – what it is, what it looks like in our community, and what each of us can do.  City Hall will also be lit up at night as a visual reminder about what this week means.

What is health equity?

We believe that everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life, no matter who we are, where we live, or how much money we make.  This is health equity.  Personal responsibility plays a key role in health, but the choices we make depend on the choices we have available to us.  Health equity acknowledges that it is hard to be healthy without access to good jobs, home and schools.  It requires a concerted effort to increase opportunities to be healthier for everyone – especially those whose obstacles are the greatest.

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Join the conversation!

  • Follow the Wauwatosa Health Department on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Be sure to use #Tosa4HealthEquity when you post!
  • Read about health equity on our website.
  • Post about health equity on the “Tower of Health” located in the Library’s second floor atrium.
  • Visit the Library’s second floor Student Commons to check out that day’s equity highlights on the chalkboard. 
  • Pick up your Health Equity Awareness Week bookmark available at the Library’s checkout stations.
  • Learn more about health equity on flyers posted throughout City Hall, as well as on table tents in the employee break room.

Our Programs that Support Health Equity

We strive to offer a variety of health services to all those that encounter Wauwatosa on a daily basis to make the community a healthier and safer place for all. To meet this goal we offer:

  • Growth & Development Screenings, Home Safety Visits, and Newborn Weight Checks to all families of newborns in Wauwatosa.
  • Adult Health Clinics 4 times a month in 3 locations for all adults over 18 years of age.
  • Public Health Nurse follow-up for all reported cases of elevated blood lead levels greater than 5 mcg/dl of Wauwatosa children.
  • Free water testing for all Wauwatosa families with children under the age of 5, or families with a pregnant mother, one time every 5 years (beginning January 1, 2018)
  • Free Medical Sharps collection for individuals that work or live in Wauwatosa
  • Fire and fall prevention program offering free home visits to all residents, regardless of income (joint program with our Fire Department)
  • Free communication card program to assist interactions between police officers, emergency personnel and those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (joint program with our Police Department)
  • Project Lifesaver program to protect and quickly locate individuals with cognitive conditions (joint program with our Police Department)

Help us in our goal of achieving Health Equity in the Wauwatosa Community by joining the conversation and letting us know what Health Equity means to you and how we can work together to improve the lives of those in Wauwatosa.

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