Robert N. Golden, MD, dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, presented the Wisconsin Partnership Program Annual and Outcomes reports to the UW System Board of Regents on Dec. 7, 2017. The 2016 Annual Report (pdf) covers activities and expenditures from Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016.

An additional report for the period of Jan. 1 to Jan. 30, 2017 (pdf) was provided to cover the Partnership Program’s transition from reporting on a calendar year basis to an academic year basis.

During the 18-month period, the Partnership Program’s two governance committees awarded 26 grants totaling $14.1 million to improve the health of individuals, families and communities in Wisconsin. To date the Program has awarded 450 grants totaling $205.8 million and supported projects in every one of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.

During his presentation, Golden highlighted several Partnership grant projects including a new research study that seeks to improve treatment for women living with triple-negative breast cancer, a deadly and devastating form of breast cancer. This study is the first of its kind to use diet to prime triple-negative breast cancer cells to respond to a targeted cancer drug, and if successful, will move to a multicenter trial. Ultimately, the findings have the potential to improve the treatment and quality of life of women living with triple-negative breast cancer.

He also highlighted a community grant that is working to ensure that Wisconsin’s rapidly growing population of seniors living in assisted living communities has access to high quality care. The project is a joint effort of state programs, assisted living facilities and academic partners to identify and implement approaches to improve health outcomes in assisted living communities.

Golden also noted the remarkable success Partnership Program grantees have achieved in leveraging their initial support. To date, the Wisconsin Partnership Program has provided over $205 million in awards. These grantees have leveraged those initial investments into $487 million in awards from external sources, which allow them to sustain, replicate or expand the scope of their grants.

In addition to the Annual Reports, Golden shared outcomes reports for Wisconsin Partnership Program grants that concluded during this 18-month period.

About the Wisconsin Partnership Program

The Wisconsin Partnership Program represents a far-reaching commitment by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health to improve health and well-being of Wisconsin residents through investments in research, education and community partnerships.