WCLAH was formed at the request of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS), in response to DHFS's desire to address health disparities and improve health outcomes for minorities.
WCLAH began with an informational meeting convened by the Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) system in September, 2003. By the end of 2003, the coalition was formed, had articulated its mission and vision, and established three work groups. In fall 2004, the work groups evolved into four action committees: Website Development, Medical Interpreter Skills Assessment, Provider and Staff Training, and Continuing Education for Medical Interpreters. The full coalition met quarterly, and the action committees met as needed. The coalition is no longer active.