Through investments in strategic initiatives, the Wisconsin Partnership Program supports infrastructure vital to research and education, as well as initiatives that aim to improve population health, healthcare delivery and target some of the state’s most challenging public health issues.

Strategic education and research initiatives

Through our Strategic Education and Research Grants, the Wisconsin Partnership Program provides significant levels of funding to selected investigators and teams to establish new initiatives aimed at improving health. These initiatives have helped build capacity within and beyond the school for innovative research and education.

Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

The Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR), funded by the Partnership Education and Research Committee since 2006, is a research infrastructure that strengthens and expands biomedical and health sciences research at the University of Wisconsin and Marshfield Clinic. The goal is to transform health-related research into a continuum, extending from investigation through discovery to translation into clinical practice, linking research to real and measurable improvements in human health.

Health Innovation Program

The goal of the Health Innovation Program is to improve health care delivery and population health across Wisconsin and the nation through conducting and disseminating health services research that partners UW faculty with Wisconsin health care organizations.

Survey of the Health of Wisconsin

Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) is a one-of-a-kind statewide population health infrastructure for tracking trends in priority health indicators. With data on more than 6,000 participants, SHOW provides a comprehensive picture of the health of Wisconsin residents and supports academic and community-based research.

Evidence-Based Health Policy Project

This project connects lawmakers, researcher and others in the public and private sector to advance Wisconsin’s health through two goals: provide policymakers in both public and private sector, with timely, nonpartisan information for evidence-based decision-making and increase the involvement of UW faculty research and teach activities in topical issues of state policy.

Transforming Medical Education

Transforming Medical Education (TME) is a strategic education initiative that has helped create a fully integrated school of medicine and public health. TME has supported the development of a curriculum that infuses public health principles and practices into the medical curriculum, preparing the next generation of physicians to care for both patients and populations.
Joint strategic initiatives
The Wisconsin Partnership Program's current strategic initiatives, funded jointly by the Oversight and Advisory and Education and Research committees, tackle two of Wisconsin’s most challenging health problems — obesity and birth outcome disparities.