Six Communities to Participate in Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute
Madison, Wisconsin - Six teams from across Wisconsin will become the eighth class to participate in a year-long leadership training program that helps prepare local residents to address their communities’ most pressing health concerns.
Participants in the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute’s 2013-2014 Community Teams Program will develop initiatives to improve mental health, increase access to preventive services, enhance continuity of care for older adults, and promote physical activity and improved nutrition.
Teams receive training and technical assistance in building stronger community partnerships, implementing sustainable change strategies and measuring their own success.
The program offers workshops in central locations, distance learning and on-site technical assistance to participating communities.
This year’s teams - from Dane, Eau Claire, Langlade, Polk, Portage and Winnebago counties – represent multiple public and private sectors and community members, including health care and human service providers, school district representatives, local business people, community residents, public health agency representatives, academics, and public officials.
“These communities are great examples of civic engagement. Even in a context of limited resources, they are coming together to take on the root causes of illness so that all community members have the chance to be healthy,” said Dr. Robert Golden, dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. “The outstanding training and support their teams receive from the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute will improve their ability to create sustainable change in their communities.”
The UW School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH) is partnering with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in its support of the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute.
“The projects selected represent some of the most pressing health issues facing Wisconsin residents today,” Dr. Joseph E. Kerschner, dean of the medical school and executive vice president of MCW, said. “By leveraging training and resources to work within their communities, there is potential for impactful change.”
The 2013-2014 Community Teams are:
- Lifestyle Initiative for Fitness Empowerment Team: Addressing adult and childhood obesity and related chronic medical diseases in Cross Plains
Eau Claire County
- Healthy Communities Council/Mental Health Action Team: Improving access to mental health services by making it easier for both consumers and professionals to navigate the mental health services system
- Langlade County Health Coalition Team:Addressing obesity, improving wellness and prevention services and the affordability of medical care
- Polk United – Healthier Together: Coalitions collaborating together to unite resources so Polk County will be a healthier place to live, work and play
- Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Committee of Portage County Team:Improving mental health outcomes in Portage County through education, policy change, and community collaboration
- Care Transitions Coalition Team: Maintaining and improving health by ensuring continuity of care of chronic diseases among older adults
The Community Teams Program is one component of the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute, a joint program of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and Medical College of Wisconsin. The program is funded through the Wisconsin Partnership Program and Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin. The Institute is co-led by Dr. Peter Layde of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Karen Timberlake of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
Date Published: 10/17/2013