On February 21, 2019, Governor Tony Evers announced that his upcoming budget proposal will include a nearly $28 million investment in “Healthy Women, Healthy Babies” initiatives aimed at improving women’s access to preventative care such as cancer screenings, health exams, and STI testing, supporting healthier pregnancies and births, and addressing racial disparities in maternal and child health. The announcement took place at the Milwaukee Health Services, Inc.’s MLK Heritage Health Center, 2555 N. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Dr.
The governor’s proposal will expand the Well Woman Program and bring Planned Parenthood back into the fold as a trusted provider of healthcare services through an increase to the Women’s Health Block Grant and changes to Title V and X eligibility.
“We can’t have healthy communities without healthy women and babies,” said Gov. Evers. “That is why my budget will connect the dots and increase access and coverage, as well as create innovative programs to ensure quality health care for women, and healthy beginnings for our children.”
Pictured at the event are (from left) MHSI board member Carmen Murguia; MHSI President and CEO Dr. Tito Izard; Gov. Tony Evers; Wisconsin Alzheimer Institute Director Gina Green-Harris; MHSI Chief Medical Officer Aronica Williams, MD.