On Wednesday, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes spoke at the Governor's Health Equity Council meeting to address health issues that were left out of the budget. Lt. Gov. Barnes highlighted several priorities that the council will continue to work on including social determinants of health - housing, nutrition, transportation - as well as promoting community based health equity initiatives, and improving women's health and birth outcomes. "This council is going to be a key driver to making sure that we improve the health and lives of communities of color all across Wisconsin." As outlined on the Department of Health Services website, "the purpose of the council is to address the various factors that exacerbate health disparities by creating a comprehensive plan to achieve long-lasting and equitable health outcomes for all Wisconsinites. The plan will address health disparities based on race, economic status, education level, history of incarceration, and geographic location."

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