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Nominations Sought for Partnership Oversight and Advisory Committee

The Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is seeking nominations to fill a public member vacancy in the category of statewide health advocate on the Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC).


This nine-member board plays a key role in advancing community-level and population health by funding community-academic partnerships that address critical public health issues in Wisconsin. Since 2004, the OAC has provided over $54 million in awards to organizations throughout the state.


The Oversight and Advisory Committee supports the WPP’s mission to serve the public health needs of Wisconsin and reduce health disparities, and funds initiatives aimed at making Wisconsin a healthier state for all. Additionally, the OAC provides strategic advice and direction to the WPP and, in coordination with the Partnership Education and Research Committee, aligns activities with the Wisconsin Partnership Program 2014-2019 Five-Year Plan.


Key components of the OAC’s efforts to implement the Five-Year Plan include dissemination of evidence-based and successful interventions, sustaining change through systems integration, environmental or policy approaches, and connecting and convening communities and funders across the state to address critical health issues.


The Wisconsin Partnership Program strives to achieve a diverse membership on the OAC, which is representative of the state’s gender, racial, cultural, geographic and ethnic diversity. Please see the WPP’s diversity policy for more information. Special consideration is given to ensuring that the OAC collectively comprises a broad spectrum of experience.


Nominations Due August 1, 2014


Organizations may submit nominations by emailing a letter along with the candidate’s CV or resume to Eileen Smith, WPP Assistant Dean and Director at Self-nominations are welcome and must include a letter of organizational support.


A nominating committee will screen applications and identify candidates to be interviewed by the committee. A slate of nominees will be presented to the UW System Board of Regents, which is responsible for the appointment.




OAC members serve four-year terms and can be reappointed by the UW Board of Regents. Members receive no compensation; however, travel expenses associated with attending meetings are reimbursed.


Overview of Role and Responsibilities

  • Serve as liaison with the community, keeping all OAC members informed on public health issues, and bringing a community and statewide public/community health perspective to OAC deliberations.
  • Help to build WPP’s statewide presence by clearly articulating the WPP's mission, goals and accomplishments to the public.
  • Advance stewardship role by prioritizing, planning and strategically allocating resources.
  • Understand the governing documents including the Insurance Commissioner’s Order, the OAC’s Bylaws and the WPP’s Five-Year Plan, and comply with University rules and regulations as they apply to the activities of OAC.
  • Serve on OAC subcommittees and working groups, and participate in other activities or projects as requested by the OAC Chair or WPP Director.
  • Keep abreast of the activities of the Partnership Education and Research Committee (PERC) and advise and comment on its efforts through the OAC’s two representatives on PERC.
  • Review quarterly financial reports on the status of the endowment.
  • Respond to the results of the program and financial audit to be conducted at least every five years.
  • Adhere to the conflict of interest policy.

Specific Qualifications

  • Experience as a board member, with demonstrated executive level thinking and leadership attributes.
  • Experience with community-university relationships and an appreciation of community-academic partnerships and research collaborations.
  • Expertise, education or experience in one or more of the following areas: public and community health or health care; philanthropic or public administration; health education; public relations; setting public policy on statewide health needs and resources.
  • Ability to contribute in the following areas: health promotion in underserved communities; health equity; health care quality and evaluation, organizational development and strategic thinking.
  • Ability to understand and appreciate the stewardship role and the need to balance various constituency interests.
  • Able to devote the time necessary to fulfill board responsibilities, including attending OAC and other relevant meetings.

Date Published: 07/01/2014

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