Meet Our Grantees
Read stories about Wisconsin Partnership Program grant award recipients who are improving Wisconsin's health through innovative projects in education and research and community partnerships.
Advancing Health Equity Within Wisconsin Health Systems
Although Wisconsin ranks high in overall quality of health care nationally, the state performs poorly with respect to disparities in quality of care — measuring worse than the U.S. average on most reported metrics. A new strategic grant with a health equity focus funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program will measure these disparities in an effort to improve health care and patient outcomes for Wisconsin’s most vulnerable citizens. Measuring and Addressing Disparities in the Quality of Care among Wisconsin Health Systems, led by Dr. Maureen Smith, will measure and publicly report disparities in the quality of care for many health systems in Wisconsin.
Preventing Opioid Misuse after Traumatic Injury
Addiction to and overdose from opioids such as morphine, oxycodone and heroin have reached epidemic proportions in the United States — and Wisconsin. Victims of traumatic injury are at greater risk for misusing opioids than the general population. Therefore, appropriate assessment, prevention and intervention are needed for this high-risk group. Screening in Trauma for Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOMP), a project led by Dr. Randall Brown, associate professor of family medicine and community health, aims to address this need.
Jonathan Temte: Improving Influenza Detection and Response in Long-Term Care Facilities
Influenza is a devastating infection that disproportionately affects residents of long-term care facilities. A multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Dr. Jonathan Temte, professor of family medicine and community health, aims to develop an innovative infection control approach for this highly vulnerable population.
Christine Seroogy: Improving Health Care for Amish Infants
Dr. Christine Seroogy and her team of investigators and collaborators are using their award from the Wisconsin Partnership Program to improve access to approachable, culturally appropriate, high-quality affordable health care for all Wisconsin Amish and Old Order Mennonite children. To achieve this, the project aims to expand newborn screening tests to all Amish infants in a high-risk area of southwestern Wisconsin, and assure appropriate communication and follow-up care.
Madison Metropolitan School District: Advancing School-Based Mental Health
A project funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health aims to improve well-being and school-functioning of students with mental health concerns. Advancing School-Based Mental Health in Dane County is a five-year $1 million Community Impact Grant award to the Madison Metropolitan School District that will develop an innovative model of school-based mental health care.
Jane Busch: Creating a Healthier Hometown
Jane Busch, a life-long resident of Cross Plains, Wisconsin, has teamed up with the LIFE (Lifestyle Initiative for Fitness Empowerment) Foundation, a grassroots nonprofit organization in Cross Plains, and academic partner Daniel Jarzemsky, MD, clinical associate professor, Department of Family Medicine and physician at the UW Health Cross Plains Clinic, to improve nutrition, decrease obesity and increase physical activity for members of their rural community.
Cultivate Health Initiative: Nathan Larson and Sam Dennis
The Cultivate Health Initiative, funded by a Community Impact Grant, is a joint project of Community GroundWorks and the UW Environmental Design Lab. The initiative has launched the Wisconsin School Garden Network to help grow and sustain the garden-based education movement throughout the state.
Yao Liu: Improving Eye Health in Rural Wisconsin
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in working-age Wisconsin adults. Early diagnosis and treatment decrease the risk of severe vision loss by 90 percent, but less than 70,000 Wisconsinites with diabetes receive yearly eye screening. Dr. Yao Liu hopes to change this, and is using a 2015 New Investigator Program award for a research project aimed at increasing access to screening and improving eye screening rates in underserved, rural Wisconsin communities.
Michael Pulia: Taking Aim at Antibiotic Resistance
Dr. Michael Pulia, recipient of a 2015 New Investigator Program award, is examining how improving antibiotic stewardship in the emergency department can help lessen the threat of antibiotic resistance here in Wisconsin as well as reduce related health risks for residents in long-term care facilities.