Grantees of the Wisconsin Partnership Program represent the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health's commitment, in action, to improving the health of people throughout our state. Though the researchers, educators and community members featured here represent just a fraction of the 450 grantees the Partnership Program has funded since 2004, they embody many of the school's priorities in elevating health and advancing health equity across all corners of Wisconsin.

Partnering to deliver culturally relevant health information during the COVID-19 pandemic

A team of community influencers, including representatives from Wisconsin’s African American and Latinx communities and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, are collaborating with researchers at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health to meet this important health and communications need.

Helping women fight symptoms from pelvic floor disorders

Heidi Brown, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is using Wisconsin Partnership Program grant to prevent or treat incontinence in older women through community-based workshops.

Enhancing dementia detection

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Professors Art Walaszek, MD, and Cynthia Carlsson, MD, MS, are using a Wisconsin Partnership Program grant to spearhead a new project to improve the dementia care in the state. The project will help train future healthcare professionals to detect and treat dementia.

Expanding research on PTSD treatment among inmates

Michael Koenigs, PhD, professor of psychiatry at UW School of Medicine and Public Health, is leading a study that will offer group cognitive processing therapy (CPT) to Wisconsin inmates with PTSD.

Advancing our understanding of stem cell aging

Darcie Moore, PhD, assistant professor of neuroscience at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, is focusing her research on understanding how stem cells segregate damaged proteins and how that changes with age.

Helping emergency departments identify and prepare for future waves of COVID-19

A team of collaborators from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, UW Health and the Marshfield Clinical Research Institute is using predictive analytics to develop and test an expanded surveillance system to identify future waves of the COVID-19.

Promoting healthy birth outcomes during COVID-19

The African American Breastfeeding Network is using a COVID-19 Response Grant to support Black Birth Workers, promote healthy birth outcomes and prevent the spread of COVID-19 among Black families.

Investigating the link between 'COVID toes' and COVID-19

Project leaders Lisa Arkin, MD, assistant professor of dermatology and pediatrics, and Anne Marie Singh, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, are investigating how a critical immune response involved in COVID toes may protect against severe manifestations of COVID-19.

Protecting access to fresh food, supporting farmers amid COVID-19 pandemic

Wello and its partners, Casa ALBA Melanie - Hispanic Resource Center and four local farmers markets, have created a multi-faceted approach to protect access to fresh foods and support the area’s farming community.

Increasing colorectal cancer screening across Wisconsin

Jennifer Weiss was awarded a research grant from the Wisconsin Partnership to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in the state by identifying and leveraging the strategies of high-performing clinics — clinics with screening rates above 80 percent.

Reducing health disparities across Wisconsin health systems

The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality's Health Disparities Report identifies where gaps in health outcomes and care exist in Wisconsin. The data was submitted to WCHQ by 25 health systems and medical clinics and it represents the most complete and recent (2018) data available for this work.

Preparing future public health leaders

The Population Health Service Fellowship Program is a cornerstone of the Partnership’s educational investments and continues to successfully achieve its goals of both public health workforce development and service contributions to rural and urban communities.

Improving health by addressing housing instability

A grant to Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, Milwaukee’s largest federally qualified health center, supports the organization’s work to build a strong foundation of community health by addressing housing instability in its community.

Exploring the role of gut bacteria in development of Alzheimer's

Previous studies conducted at UW-Madison show that people with dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease have differences in their gut microbiome—the community of microbes, including bacteria, which reside in the gut— compared to people without dementia. A team of multidisciplinary researchers at UW is exploring the role of gut bacteria in the development and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Tackling Wisconsin's opioid problem (pdf)

A pair of Wisconsin Partnership Program grants to the Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program and WisconsinEye Public Affairs Network are helping to raise awareness of opioid addition and laying a groundwork for community-based treatment and recovery programs.

Improving health outcomes for black women

The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness is using a Community Collaboration Grant to support its mission to improve black women’s health and push for systemic changes in Dane County. The group is using its grant to establish a team of health workers in high need neighborhoods, as well as to develop a community health improvement model that will address the disparities that are contributing to poor health outcomes.

Advancing burn treatment

Twenty years ago, a Madison bus fire inspired Dr. Angela Gibson, then a UW Health burn nurse, to become a surgeon and scientist. Now she’s using a New Investigator Grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program to improve the wound healing process for burn victims.

Reaching veterans with mental health services

Dryhootch, an organization consisting of coffee shops designed to support combat veterans, is using a Community Catalyst grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program to enhance the services it provides to our state’s veterans. The organization is developing a prototype smartphone app designed to connect vets from across the state and beyond to its services.

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.

Focusing on correctional health

A new course from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health will give UW nursing, medical, physician assistant and pharmacy students the opportunity to address a challenging health issue – the health and health care of inmates in Wisconsin’s growing, and aging, prison population.

Combating infectious disease

A project funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program brought together campus basic scientists and clinical infectious disease and population health faculty to focus on translating new discoveries into clinical advances aimed at reducing the threat of infectious disease. The project created the Wisconsin Center for Infectious Disease (WisCID) to investigate microbiological areas of public health importance and translate the research findings into new treatments and preventive measures in response to the alarming rise of drug-resistant infections.

Exploring new treatments for breast cancer

Metabolic Priming Triple-Negative Breast Cancer to Proapoptotic Therapy is exploring metabolic priming, a novel model for cancer therapy that uses dietary manipulations to make cancer cells more vulnerable to a targeted new drug that kills tumor cells, but not normal cells. The study is the first of its kind to use diet to prime triple-negative breast cancer cells to respond to a targeted cancer drug.

Beyond the exam room: making community connections

With support from the Partnership Program, the School of Medicine and Public Health has redesigned its medical curriculum into a model that fully integrates basic, public health and clinical sciences throughout the medical student’s education. Students learn to work in the exam room, and within communities and complex health systems—to understand how to care for both patients and populations.

Improving care for Wisconsin seniors

The Improving Assisted Living through Collaborative Systems Change project is expanding and enhancing access to the Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living, or WCCEAL, an established and test quality improvement infrastructure.

Grassroots efforts to improve community health

Through a grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Jane Busch and the LIFE (Lifestyle Initiative for Fitness Empowerment) Foundation, are working to improve nutrition, decrease obesity and increase physical activity for members of their rural community.

Advancing School-Based Mental Health Care

Advancing School-Based Mental Health in Dane County is a five-year $1 million Community Impact Grant award to the Madison Metropolitan School District that will develop an innovative model to provide care that's easily accessible to students.

Improving antibiotic usage

Michael Pulia, MD, MS, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is examining how improving antibiotic stewardship in the emergency department can help lessen the threat of antibiotic resistance here in Wisconsin as well as reduce related health risks for residents in long-term care facilities.

Enhancing flu detection

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.

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.

Increasing vision screening to reduce blindness

In an effort to mitigate vision loss among diabetic populations, Yao Liu, a recipient of a 2015 New Investigator Program award from the Wisconsin Partnership Program, has embarked on a research project aimed at increasing access to vision screening and improving eye screening rates in underserved, rural Wisconsin communities.

Cultivate Health Initiative

With a growing body of evidence showing that educational garden programs improve the health and well-being of children and the dietary choices they make, the joint project of Community GroundWorks and the UW Environmental Design Lab will provide direct technical assistance to 200 educational garden program sites in Wisconsin.

Screening in Trauma for Opioid Misuse Prevention

Victims of traumatic injury are at greater risk for misusing opioids than the general population. Screening in Trauma for Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOMP), a project led by Randall Brown, MD, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, is using Wisconsin Partnership Program funding to develop a screening tool to predict risk for opioid misuse and related complications after traumatic injury.