Wisconsin, known as "America's Dairyland," is a leader in the production of milk, cheese and other dairy products. The state also has a strong manufacturing sector. Wisconsin is in the Great Lakes region, bordered on the north by Lake Superior and on the east by Lake Michigan. Wisconsin covers 54,310 square miles, with a 2015 estimated population of 5,771,337 people – 1,500,907 living in rural Wisconsin (USDA-ERS). Madison, the capital, is located in the southern region of the state. The state’s largest cities are Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 87.6% of the state’s population is white, 6.6% is African American/Black, 2.8% is Asian, 1.1% is American Indian & Alaska Native, and 6.6% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (U.S. Census, 2015).
Wisconsin Rural Healthcare Facilities
There are 129 hospitals in Wisconsin (Kaiser, 2014). The state has 58 hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 10/2016). There are 76 Rural Health Clinics in Wisconsin (CMS, 2016), and 17 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 101 sites in the state (NACHC, 2015).
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Wisconsin
Most Wisconsinites have some form of health insurance coverage, although 7% of the state's residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2014). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Wisconsinites in 2014 was $44,186, although rural per-capita income lagged at $39,613. The ERS reports, based on 2010-2014 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Wisconsin is 12.9%, compared with 13.4% in urban areas of the state. 10.3% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 8.9% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2010-2014 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Wisconsin is at 5.1%, while in urban Wisconsin it is at 4.4% (USDA-ERS, 2015).United States.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Rural Health Clinic List; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; National Association of Community Health Centers: Key Health Center Data By State; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets
Phone: 800.385.0005 or 608.261.1883
Works to improve the quality of health for rural and underserved communities in Wisconsin. Collaborates with health care organizations and systems, community based providers and individuals, and educational organizations to develop programs and provide resources designed to enhance life in rural communities.
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Last Reviewed: 8/1/2014