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.

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 Partnership Program administers three competitive community grant programs as well as competitive faculty grant programs, each with a unique approach toward improving the health of the people of 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.


Wisconsin Partnership grant recipient among Time magazine's 50 most influential people in health care
Aaron Perry, a Madison-area community leader and Wisconsin Partnership Program grantee, has been selected as one of TIME magazine's 50 Most Influential People in Health Care for 2018.
Wisconsin Partnership Program Awards $4 million to health equity initiatives
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has announced $4 million in awards to initiatives working to improve health and health equity across Wisconsin.
Inaugural Wisconsin Healthy Communities Named
Thirty-one Wisconsin communities have been recognized for their work to improve health in their communities.
Amy Kind elected new chair of Wisconsin Partnership Program Oversight and Advisory Committee
The Wisconsin Partnership Program is pleased to announce that Amy Kind, MD, PhD has been elected as chair of the Oversight and Advisory Committee. Recommended by Dean Robert N. Golden, MD, Dr. Kind began her new role in July 2018, and follows...
Wisconsin Partnership Program awards boost community-driven projects
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has awarded nearly $400,000 to eight community-driven projects with innovative ideas to improve health equity in Wisconsin. The grants were award...
2018 Catalyst Grant applications open
The Wisconsin Partnership Program is seeking applicants for its 2018 Community Catalyst Grant Program. Now in its second year, the Community Catalyst Grant Program provides funding to support creative health equity approaches designed to actively ...
Tool links health care organizations, public to improve the health of Wisconsinites
Wisconsin residents can now consult an online tool to learn exactly what their local communities are doing to improve health.
Wisconsin’s obesity map: The ZIP codes weigh in
Health researchers have compiled a searchable map of obesity in America’s Dairyland by ZIP code, and the picture is alarming.
Wisconsin Partnership Program Seeks New Investigator Program Grant Applicants
The Wisconsin Partnership Program invites eligible faculty to submit a preliminary application for a New Investigator Program grant. Awards are now up to $150,000 over two years.
Dr. Amy Kind joins Wisconsin Partnership Program committee
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is pleased to announce that Amy Kind, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Medicine, has been appointed to the Partnership’s Oversight and Advisory...
UW-Madison creates new health sciences teaching program in correctional settings
A broad range of University of Wisconsin-Madison health professions and medical residents will have the opportunity to help address a pressing public health issue most don’t even consider – the health of prison populations.
Wisconsin Partnership Program seeks Collaborative Health Sciences grant applications
The Wisconsin Partnership Program invites eligible faculty and staff to submit a preliminary application for a Collaborative Health Sciences Program grant.
New awards from Wisconsin Partnership Program strengthen community organizations through funding and training
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health announces the recipients of its Community Collaboration Grants program, a new grant program designed specifically to strengthen community organiz...
Wisconsin School Garden Network featured on Big Ten Network
The Wisconsin School Garden Network, supported by the Wisconsin Partnership Program since 2008, was recently featured on "Forward Motion," a news magazine airing on the Big Ten Network that highlights the inspiration behind some of UW-Madi...
Wisconsin Partnership Program seeks to advance health equity through latest round of Community Impact Grants
The Wisconsin Partnership Program is currently seeking applicants for the 2018 Community Impact Grants program. The overarching goal of the Community Impact Grants program is to advance health equity in Wisconsin communities through support for la...

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.