The Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative is a member-owned network of 40 local rural health care systems. 

The cooperative is one of the earliest and most successful models for collaboration among health providers in the country. Incorporated in 1979, the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative provides a wide range of programs and services to members and non-members alike, including:

  • Advocacy
  • education
  • Professional roundtables
  • Financial consulting
  • Legal services
  • Coding consultation
  • Quality programs
  • Workforce development
  • Electronic medical records
  • Health information technology
  • Various clinical services

Increasingly, the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative looks for opportunities to address the multiple determinants of health beyond medical care.

Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative's executive director, Tim Size, serves as a preceptor for the MPH Program. He has been an honorary associate of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health's Department of Population Health Sciences since 1990. He continues as an original member of four advisory boards or committees within the School of Medicine and Public Health: the Population Health Institute, the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute, the MPH Program and the Roadmap to Health Prize. Having participated for three years in the Kellogg National Fellowship Program, he has extensive experience what makes for a mutually rewarding preceptor process.

Note: Travel to Sauk City not required; preceptorship meetings in Madison can be easily arranged.

Project opportunities

The Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative is open to design a mutually beneficial experience working directly with the cooperative's executive director. There are opportunities to work with the executive director as he collaborates with other statewide organizations in multiple areas, including promoting community wellness and public health workforce development. Additional Opportunities include:

  • Investigation of policies that encouraged collaboration to improve population health in rural communities
  • Evaluation of workplace wellness resources available to small employers
  • Improving childhood immunization rates and improving breast feeding rates