University of Wisconsin–Madison

The Burden of Poor Health

Health disparities are differences in the burden of disease and other health conditions that exist among specific population groups in the United States. Poor, unemployed, and uneducated population groups experience more illness or worse outcomes than the rest of the population. These groups often lack doctors, health insurance, and medical access, and have a disparate burden of the major diseases afflicting Americans: cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.
Join Dr. Theresa Duello for a discussion on how social and biological causes combine to create health disparities in our state and how we can hope to address these disparities. Dr. Duello will explore how this is happening and why, for example, factors that impact people living in the inner city of Milwaukee are similar to the factors that impact people in rural Wisconsin.
Free to the public with advance registration, this talk is presented by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters with program support from the Murco Foundation. Additional support provided through our partners: the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, and the Medical College of Wisconsin–Central Wisconsin.