Health disparities reduction or elimination. 250.20(1)(a)
“African American" means a person whose ancestors originated in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
“American Indian" means a person who is enrolled as a member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band or who possesses documentation of at least one-fourth American Indian ancestry or documentation of tribal recognition as an American Indian.
“Asian" means a person whose ancestors originated in Asia south and southeast of the Himalayas and west of Wallace's Line in the Malay Archipelago.
“Economically disadvantaged" means having an income that is at or below 125 percent of the poverty line.
“Hispanic" means a person of any race whose ancestors originated in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Central America or South America or whose culture or origin is Spanish.
“Inter-tribal organization" means an organization or association of tribes or tribal agencies.
“Minority group member" means any of the following:
“Nonprofit corporation" means a nonstock corporation organized under ch. 181
that is a nonprofit corporation, as defined in s. 181.0103 (17)
“Other agencies and organizations" means agencies of local, state and federal governments and private organizations that are not inter-tribal organizations or tribal agencies.
“Poverty line" means the nonfarm federal poverty line for the continental United States, as defined in 42 USC 9902
“Tribal agency" means an agency created by a tribe.
“Tribe" means a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state.
(2) Departmental duties; minority health.
The department shall do all of the following:
Identify the barriers to health care that prevent economically disadvantaged minority group members in this state from participating fully and equally in all aspects of life.
Conduct statewide hearings on issues of concern to the health interests of economically disadvantaged minority group members.
Review, monitor and advise all state agencies with respect to the impact on the health of economically disadvantaged minority group members of current and emerging state policies, procedures, practices, statutes and rules.
Work closely with all state agencies, including the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System and the technical college system board, with the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority, with the private sector and with groups concerned with issues of the health of economically disadvantaged minority group members to develop long-term solutions to health problems of minority group members.
Disseminate information on the status of the health of economically disadvantaged minority group members in this state.
Encourage economically disadvantaged minority group members who are students to enter career health care professions, by developing materials that are culturally sensitive and appropriate and that promote health care professions as careers, for use by the University of Wisconsin System, the technical college system and the Medical College of Wisconsin in recruiting the students.
Submit a biennial report on the activities of the department under this section that includes recommendations on program policies, procedures, practices and services affecting the health status of economically disadvantaged minority group members, to the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172 (3)
and to the governor.
From the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (1) (cr)
, the department shall annually award grants for activities to improve the health status of economically disadvantaged minority group members. A person may apply, in the manner specified by the department, for a grant of up to $50,000 in each fiscal year to conduct these activities. An awardee of a grant under this subsection shall provide, for at least 50 percent of the grant amount, matching funds that may consist of funding or an in-kind contribution. An applicant that is not a federally qualified health center, as defined under 42 CFR 405.2401
(b) shall receive priority for grants awarded under this subsection.
From the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (1) (cr)
, the department shall award a grant of up to $50,000 in each fiscal year to a private nonprofit corporation that applies, in the manner specified by the department, to conduct a public information campaign on minority health.
(5) American Indian health project grants.
From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (1) (ke)
, the department shall award grants for American Indian health projects in order to address specific problem areas in the field of American Indian health. A tribe, tribal agency, or inter-tribal organization may apply, in the manner specified by the department, for a grant of up to $10,000 to conduct an American Indian health project that is designed to do any of the following:
Develop, test or demonstrate solutions for specific American Indian health problems which, if proven effective, may be applied by other tribes, tribal agencies, inter-tribal organizations or other agencies or organizations.
Fund start-up costs of programs to deliver health care services to American Indians.
Conduct health care needs assessments and studies related to health care issues of concern to American Indians.
Provide innovative community-based health care services to American Indians.
(6) American Indian diabetes prevention and control.
From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (1) (kf)
, the department shall fund activities to prevent and control diabetes among American Indians.
Workplace wellness program grants. 250.21(1)(a)
“Health risk assessment" means a computer-based health-promotion tool consisting of a questionnaire; a biometric health screening to measure vital health statistics, including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, weight, and height; a formula for estimating health risks; an advice database; and a means to generate reports.
“Small business" means a business that has 50 or fewer employees.
“Workplace wellness program" means a health or fitness program that includes health risk assessments and one or more of the following programs or services:
(2) Workplace wellness program grants.
Subject to the limitations provided under sub. (3)
and after the department's approval of the application, from the appropriation account under s. 20.435 (1) (bn)
, the department shall award a grant to each applicant who provides a workplace wellness program to any of the applicant's employees who are employed at a small business in this state in an amount not to exceed 30 percent of the amount that the applicant paid during the year to provide such a program, not including any amount paid to acquire, construct, rehabilitate, remodel, or repair real property.
The maximum amount of the grants that may be awarded to all applicants in any fiscal year is $3,000,000. No applicant may be awarded a grant under this section for a workplace wellness program in existence before March 15, 2014. No applicant may be awarded more than one grant under this section. No grants may be awarded under this section after December 31, 2018.
A person wishing to receive a grant under this section shall apply for a grant in the manner prescribed by the department. An applicant shall include with the application an itemized list of the applicant's expenditures for providing a workplace wellness program. The department shall promulgate rules to administer this section.
History: 2013 a. 137