The Wisconsin Partnership Program extends our sincere gratitude to Cynthia Haq, MD, professor in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Department of Population Health Science, as she departs for her new position as the chair of the University of California-Irvine Department of Family Medicine.

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Cynthia Haq

Dr. Haq has shared her expertise and insight with the Partnership Program, serving on the Oversight and Advisory Committee since 2010 and prior to that, on the Partnership Education and Research Committee.  We are deeply grateful for her service to the Partnership Program and her dedication to community health, education and health equity —principles that have helped guide our work and grantmaking decisions. She will be greatly missed by our staff and committees.

Serving on the Wisconsin Partnership Program’s leadership committees is just one of the many roles Dr. Haq has held. Her legacy extends not only across campus, but throughout Wisconsin and the world as well. She helped launch family medicine residency programs in Pakistan, Uganda and Ethiopia and was the founding director of the UW-Madison Global Health Institute. She also started the school’s Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) program to address the physician shortage in medically underserved urban populations. 

Dr. Haq reflects on her role at the Partnership Program, and how it has influenced her work. “I’m very proud of the work of the Wisconsin Partnership Program. Over the years, I have witnessed the amazing synergy of true partnerships. I have seen the results of our success in bringing the best scholarship and scientific evidence to the on-the-ground community level— to improve health for both patients and populations.”

She adds, “I will carry this legacy forward with me to California. Simply put, I can no longer think of being a family doctor without thinking about populations and communities — the lens must be focused on both the patient and the population—it’s not an either-or.” She adds, “What I’ve learned at the Partnership Program is now part of my identity as a family doctor ­– and part of my mandate as leader.”

We wish you the very best, Dr. Haq.