The Health Innovation Program (HIP) supports innovation in health care practice by providing data and health care intervention resources that support high-quality research and evidence-based decision making.


The mission of the Health Innovation Program is to improve health care delivery and population health across the state and nation through health systems research that partners University of Wisconsin faculty with health care and community organizations.


Our vision is to be the leading organization in the nation that integrates health systems research with clinical practice and community programs. This vision comprises:

  • A community of investigators, staff and trainees committed to conducting partnered research to improve health and health equity
  • Partnerships with health care and community organizations dedicated to achieving a common vision of improved service delivery through innovative interventions and rigorous evaluation
  • A model of research with partnering organizations that ensures that high-priority questions are asked and answered in a useful way and that the learnings are shared to support organizational change efforts
  • Extensive and easily-available data resources that support both high-quality research and evidence-based decision making for health
  • An outstanding virtual environment that supports collaboration with colleagues across the nation

Project Opportunity

Through a grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program and the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, HIP is working to understand where health disparities exist in Wisconsin and build capacity to address them through statewide partnerships. Partners on this grant include the Medical College of Wisconsin, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, and the Wisconsin Health Information Organization. As part of this grant, HIP and its partners will be reporting on populations with the greatest disparities in access to care, quality of care, healthcare use, and health outcomes in Wisconsin over time; building and evaluating capacity to implement best practices that reduce disparities; and facilitating partnerships to amplify research to target disparities that lack evidence-based interventions.

For more information on the types of projects students can participate in, email Lauren Bednarz at