To advance the shared mission of improving the health of the people of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Partnership Program relies on strong and sustainable collaboration between the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, its campus partners and communities throughout the state.

The work and progress of these partnerships is reflected in a several annual reports and the Partnership Program's strategic goals are outlined in a five-year plan.

2019-2024 five-year plan

The 2019-2024 Five-Year Plan is the fourth since the inception of the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. This five-year plan is designed to provide a broad overview of the next five years and highlights new concepts and approaches to the Wisconsin Partnership Program’s work.

The plan and strategic framework are the result of many months of planning and input from a broad and diverse group of stakeholders as well as input and approval from the Partnership Program’s two governing committees, the Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC) and Partnership Education and Research Committee (PERC). The plan was approved by the UW System Board of Regents in December 2018.

Guided by the framework provided in this plan, over the next five years the Wisconsin Partnership Program will employ a diverse set of strategies to advance health equity and achieve lasting improvements in health and well-being in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Partnership Program annual reports

The Partnership Program publishes an annual report to provide an account of the year’s grantmaking, program activities and financial overview. Stories in the report highlight the work of various grantees as they seek to improve health for the people of Wisconsin. The impact of the Partnership Program and learning gained through concluded projects are also highlighted in the report.

Outcomes reports

Each year, the Partnership Program reviews outcomes from concluding grants to learn from and improve further grantmaking, as well as to encourage dissemination and other forms of sustainability. This work is published in an annual outcomes report.

View selections from the 2018 fiscal year Outcomes Report.

View entire outcomes reports using the timeline.

2014-19 five-year plan

Published in late 2013, the 2014-19 five-year plan is the culmination of 18 months of strategic discussions within the Oversight and Advisory Committee and Partnership Education and Research Committee. It is the third five-year plan since the Partnership Program was created in 2004.

As the committees developed this plan, they gave consideration to sustaining successful programs and determining which health issues required greater attention. The committees assessed current grant programs, debated new initiatives, measured and evaluated impact, and sought public comment. There was affirmation of the overarching strategies of the plan - stewardship, balance and collaboration - and of the goal to achieve lasting impact on the health of the people of Wisconsin.

What our partners are saying

The Wisconsin Partnership Program’s mission is to bring about lasting improvements in health and wellbeing and advance health equity through investments in community partnerships, education and research. To date, our funding has supported work in every county of our state.

UW Population Health Institute project: Making Wisconsin the Healthiest State

Improving health requires understanding how healthy we are today, choosing priorities, implementing evidence-based strategies, evaluating existing policies and programs and engaging partners across all sectors. Supported by the Partnership Program, the Making Wisconsin the Healthiest State project seeks to help us understand and improve health across Wisconsin: Where are we doing well? Where do we need to improve? Where should we focus? What works to improve health?

Legislative Audit Bureau program and financial audits

The Legislative Audit Bureau completed comprehensive program and financial audits of the Wisconsin Partnership Program covering 2009 through 2013.

The final reports of both audits are posted below, as well as the Wisconsin Partnership Program's formal response.

Program audit

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health was pleased with the audit's findings. Among them were:

  • All 20 grantees interviewed expressed satisfaction with their experiences interacting with the Partnership Program staff.
  • Grantees generally complied with program requirements.
  • There were no findings of supplanting.

Financial audit

The financial audit of the Partnership Program was completed in August 2015 by the Legislative Audit Bureau and Grant Thornton, looking at the Partnership Program and the UW Foundation, respectively. These audits resulted in an unqualified positive opinion.

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