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 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.


A message to our partners and faculty: Wisconsin Partnership Program's response to COVID-19
To our community partners and to our university faculty, staff and stakeholders,
Funding opportunity: 2020 Community Impact Grant request for partnerships now available
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is seeking applicants for its 2020 Community Impact Grants Program.
Wisconsin Partnership Program to host Advancing Health Equity 2020 conference
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health will host Advancing Health Equity 2020 on April 15.
Wisconsin Partnership Program welcomes new Oversight and Advisory Committee members
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is pleased to welcome three new members to the Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC).
Healthy Communities Designation celebrates and encourages local health improvement efforts
The Healthy Communities Designation program seeks to recognize communities throughout the state for their efforts to improve the health of their residents.
21st century medicine helps Amish deal with rare, inherited illnesses
LA FARGE, Wisconsin – There is no car in the driveway, neither phone nor electricity in the house. Handmade clothes dry on the line.
Wisconsin Partnership Program announces new research awards through Collaborative Health Sciences Program
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has announced awards to three interdisciplinary research projects to address significant and diverse health and healthcare issues through its Collaborative Health Sci...
Wisconsin Partnership Program Announces $2.4 Million in Community Collaboration Grant Awards
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has announced its 2019 Community Collaboration Grant awards. The awards will provide training and technical assistance and funding to strengthen community organizatio...
Wisconsin Partnership Program announces awards to health equity initiatives
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has announced its 2019 Community Impact Grant awards for initiatives working to improve health and health equity across Wisconsin. The grants sup...
After heart attack, former Badgers wide receiver J.C. Dawkins focuses on spreading healthy habits
Wisconsin Badger, Rose Bowl champion, football coach, husband, father, mentor, friend — and heart attack survivor. J.C. Dawkins has held many titles throughout his football career and life, but the one he least expected — heart attack survivor — i...
Comments sought on Wisconsin Partnership Program 2018-19 Annual Report
The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has released its draft July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 Annual Report for public comment.
Disparities between racial, ethnic mortality rates expand in U.S. for certain age groups
After years of improving mortality rates in the United States, rates have increased, and between certain racial and ethnic groups the gap is widening depending on age.
Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality Health Disparities Report details gaps
A new landmark study released September 19, 2019 by the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) and supported by the Wisconsin Partnership Program, provides a unique set of data, not available elsewhere, that sheds light on how ...
Wisconsin Partnership Program welcomes Jennifer Stegall to the Oversight and Advisory Committee
The Wisconsin Partnership Program is pleased to announce that the Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance, Mark Afable, has appointed Jennifer Stegall to the Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC).
Media advisory: equity in correctional health care
People who are incarcerated have unique and often complex healthcare needs. In an event hosted by Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, attendees will hear from experts about their careers and experiences within the correctional health...

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.