The Wisconsin Partnership Program represents a far-reaching commitment by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to greatly improve the health and well-being of people in Wisconsin now and for years to come. In alignment with the Wisconsin Idea, the Wisconsin Partnership Program reaches beyond the campus to improve the health of Wisconsinites through innovative research and education programs and community partnerships.

Learn how the Wisconsin Partnership Program supports researchers, educators and community organizations across Wisconsin to improve our state’s health and well-being.

Our three-pillar approach

The work of the Wisconsin Partnership Program aligns with the mission and vision of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Our investments in research, education and community-engaged initiatives provide a complementary approach to improving health.

Explore our grant programs

The Wisconsin Partnership Program administers competitive grant programs for both community organizations and UW faculty, each with a unique approach toward improving health and advancing health equity in Wisconsin.

Making an impact

From funding research projects that address a diverse range of health and health care issues to supporting public health initiatives and education and training programs that are preparing the next generation of health care providers, our investments are making a difference throughout Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Partnership Program continues to work with faculty and communities across the state to address many of Wisconsin’s most compelling and complex health problems. Over the past 18 months, the Wisconsin Partnership Program supported a broad range of initiatives, which are outlined in Annual and Outcomes reports.

Committed to improving health for everyone

Many factors influence health. The Wisconsin Partnership Program understands we must identify and address health disparities to positively affect health in Wisconsin. Watch a video series to learn how some of our community partners are addressing this critical health issue.

Get to know us

The Wisconsin Partnership Program extends the mission of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to advance health. See how we embody the Wisconsin Idea.

Who we are

Our investments in research and education initiatives and community partnerships focus on improving health, well-being and health care in Wisconsin.


Latest COVID-19 Response Grants target mental health, ongoing pandemic health effects
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has announced 14 awards totaling $2.7 million to community organizations and researchers to address the ongoing health consequences and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Statewide Partnership Awarded $3 Million to Address Health Disparities in Wisconsin
Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment and Wisconsin Partnership Program partner to support new collaboration to measure, monitor, and reduce health disparities.
Wisconsin Partnership Program invites applications for New Investigator Program grants
The Wisconsin Partnership Program invites eligible faculty to submit a preliminary application for a New Investigator Program grant. Awards are up to $150,000 over two years.
Wisconsin Partnership Program accepting applications for 2021 Community Impact Grant Program
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has released its 2021 Community Impact Grants Program Request for Partnerships. 
Wisconsin Partnership Program to provide up to $2 million in grant funding for efforts to improve health of Black mothers and infants
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has announced a new funding opportunity: Strengthening Community Solutions to Improve Black Maternal and Infant Health.
Grant program to focus on COVID-19 impact on adolescent social and emotional health
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has announced an additional $1.6 million in COVID-19 Response grant funding to help address the toll the pandemic is taking on the social and emotional health of our ...
Metabolic switch may regenerate heart muscle following heart attack
New research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison finds that a new therapeutic approach for heart failure could help restore cardiac function by regenerating heart muscle.
COVID-19 prevention study expands enrollment to essential workers
All essential workers who cannot perform work duties remotely are now eligible to take part in a prevention research study at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The study is investigating whether commonly used oral a...
Wisconsin Partnership Program announces grant program for UW–Madison researchers addressing COVID-19 impacts
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has announced an additional $1.2 million in COVID-19 Response grant funding through the COVID-19 Response Research and Education Grant Program.
A year of COVID-19: How the UW School of Medicine and Public Health responded to the challenge
On Jan. 27, 2021, a group of experts in virology, infection control, global health, clinical testing, vaccine development, and health system responses took part in a virtual panel organized by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health titled ...
Viral sequencing catches mutations, guides effective public health response
Thousands of daily cases. Hundreds of thousands of deaths. Hundreds of millions of vaccine doses. As the tallies of COVID-19’s effects in the United States have mounted to a dizzying scale, a team of University of Wisconsin–Madison scientist...
Campus partnership to support community vaccination efforts
Vaccination efforts across the state will get a boost thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and a partnership with the UW–Madison School of Nursing and four UW System nursing s...
UW researchers develop tool to equitably distribute limited vaccines
The demand for COVID-19 vaccines continues to outpace supply, forcing public health officials to decide who should be first in line for a shot, even among those in the same pool of eligible vaccine recipients.
New statewide data show evidence of four-fold increase in recent COVID-19 infections
Preliminary results from the second wave of a UW–Madison study estimated 6.8% of Wisconsin residents have evidence of recent infection of COVID-19.
Wisconsin Partnership Program announces $6 million in Community Impact Grant awards to health equity initiatives
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has announced its 2020 Community Impact Grant awards for initiatives that aim to advance health equity and improve health and well-being througho...

Meet our partners

Through projects and initiatives across the state, Wisconsin Partnership Program grantees and partners work to advance health and health equity for all.

Barbershop health initiative

Aaron Perry and the Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association (RLWA) kicked off their new Community Collaboration Grant: Black Men’s Wellness Sustainable Initiative, a four-year strategy that aims to reduce health disparities that adversely affect black men and boys in Dane County. The initiative builds upon the success of RLWA’s Men’s Health and Education Center, an innovative model that strives to improve health and reduce barriers to health care for black men.

Caring for Wisconsin's Amish infants

As a population, the Amish and Old Order Mennonite, collectively called Plain communities, have an increased frequency of inherited genetic diseases, many of which are screened for in newborns. But not all Plain newborns undergo screenings, so Christine Seroogy, MD, and her team of collaborators are using Wisconsin Partnership Program funding to improve access to approachable, culturally appropriate, high-quality affordable health care for all Wisconsin Plain community children.

Improving flu detection

Influenza is a devastating infection that disproportionately affects residents of long-term care facilities, resulting in high attack rates, as well as high hospitalizations and related deaths. A multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Jonathan Temte, MD, PhD, professor of family medicine and community health at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, aims to develop an innovative infection control approach for highly vulnerable populations living in long-term care facilities.

Partners in research and health initiatives across the state

Learn how other Partnership Program grantees are helping make Wisconsin a healthier place for everyone.
Subscribe to the Wisconsin Partnership Program e-newsletter to learn about the latest funding opportunities, read stories about grantees and discover how the Partnership is working to make Wisconsin a healthier state for all.