The Wisconsin Partnership Program supports strategic education initiatives as well as investments in public health and leadership training and workforce development. Institutional support and funding from the Wisconsin Partnership Program catalyzed the transformation of the UW School of Medicine into the nation’s first school of medicine and public health.
With significant support from the Wisconsin Partnership Program, the School of Medicine and Public Health has established itself as a leader and serves as a national model for its comprehensive educational approach as a fully integrated school of medicine and public health and graduates are now better prepared to play a substantial role in promoting health for patients and populations.
The Wisconsin Partnership Program has funded more than 30 grants for more than $26 million toward education and workforce initiatives. These projects address the state’s public health and critical workforce needs. Among their many accomplishments, Partnership-funded projects help communities advance local health improvements, have changed medical education to infuse public health in clinical work, and have helped increase the number of physicians practicing in rural area.
Transforming Medical Education
Transforming Medical Education, a strategic initiative funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program, has resulted in a fully integrated school of medicine and public health. Transforming Medical Education supported the development of the ForWard curriculum, which infuses public health principles and practices - including community engagement and advocacy - into the School of Medicine and Public Health medical curriculum. The result is graduates who are better prepared think beyond the exam room and consider how social, economic and policy issues influence the health of the patients and populations they serve.
Wisconsin Population Health Services Fellowship Program
Wisconsin Population Health Services Fellowship Program trains community leaders and emphasizes the importance of partnerships between physicians and communities in promoting and preventing illness. The fellowship program pairs up to four to six fellows with community-based organizations and health departments to address the need for a more highly skilled public health workforce.
Master of Public Health Program
Originally established in 2004 with a grant from the Partnership Program, the Master of Public Health Program trains students and practitioners in public health concepts and methods. Graduates are prepared to participate in community-based clinical health services and population-focused research. The Master of Public Health Program's strengths include an interdisciplinary approach to public health, practice and evidence-based teaching, a focus on meeting the students' learning needs, and an emphasis on field experience.
Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM)
Funding from the Wisconsin Partnership Program was instrumental in establishing the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM), an innovative educational program to address the critical need for physicians in rural Wisconsin. WARM is a rural education program within the SMPH Doctor of Medicine Program curriculum that teaches medical students the skills necessary to practice in a rural setting, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of rural Wisconsin communities.
Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute
The Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute provides continuing education, training and technical assistance for community leaders as they work to advance local health improvement agendas. The institute provides assistance to a diverse mix of public and private sector professionals and community residents, encompassing more than 20,000 hours of program delivery. Participants report increased engagement of community leadership; initiation of system, policy and environmental change; expansion of preventive services; increased media coverage; strengthened community coalitions; and increased grant funding.
Preventive Medicine Residency Program
The Preventive Medicine Residency Program supports the training of UW School of Medicine and Public Health preventive medicine residents as public health and population medicine leaders, skilled at within the field of public health and healthcare systems.