Dr. Michelle Robinson named first director of WI DHS Office of Health Equity

Exciting news from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) – Dr. Michelle Robinson has been hired as the inaugural Director of the newly formed Office of Health Equity!

The Director of the Office of Health Equity is responsible for providing strategic and programmatic leadership for health initiatives, including breaking down barriers and infusing equity into DHS programs and outreach efforts. This new office also includes the Minority Health Program, providing statewide leadership for policy measures that aim to improve the health of historically marginalized populations in Wisconsin and assures coordination of efforts intended to reduce health disparities.

Dr. Robinson currently serves as the Director of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Equity and Systems Change Research and Policy Officer (ESCRPO) at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF). As Director of the OIG, she leads an internal review team providing independent, objective assurance and consulting services to the agency, and as the ESCRPO she provides strategic leadership and direction on internal and external equity and health equity initiatives.

In addition to her work with DCF, Dr. Robinson brings a wealth of expertise in the field of health equity and systems changes including from her work as Vice-Chair for the Governor’s Health Equity Council (GHEC) and as a member of the Race to Equity Project at Kids Forward. She will begin her new role with the Office of Health Equity on October 25.

Our congratulations to Dr. Robinson! We look forward to future collaborations to produce meaningful, actionable change in Dane County and Wisconsin!