The Wisconsin Partnership Program represents a far-reaching commitment by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to greatly improve the health of people in Wisconsin for years to come. In alignment with the Wisconsin Idea, the Partnership Program reaches beyond the campus to improve the health of Wisconsinites through community-academic partnerships, innovative research and educational programs and community engagement.

Our mission

The mission of the Partnership Program is to improve the public health needs of Wisconsin and reduce health disparities through initiatives in research, education and community partnerships.

Our vision

Through investments in research, education and community partnerships, the Partnership Program works toward its vision to make Wisconsin a healthier state for all.

Our guiding principles

The Partnership Program was established in 2004 through a generous and visionary endowment gift from Blue Cross and Blue Shield United of Wisconsin’s conversion to a stock insurance corporation.

Since its inception, the Partnership Program has employed strategies of stewardship, balance and collaboration to advance its mission to serve the public health needs of Wisconsin and reduce health disparities through initiatives in research, education and community partnerships —ultimately to achieve its vision of making Wisconsin a healthier state for all. Its strategy and framework for grant making are detailed in the program’s five-year plan (pdf).

The Partnership Program administers five competitive grant programs, each with a unique approach toward improving the health of the people of Wisconsin, supporting both factulty research and community partnerships. It also makes strategic infrastructure investments in programs that address the mission of improving the health and well-being of Wisconsin residents through investments in research, education, prevention practices and interventions, and policy development. The UW School of Medicine and Public Health and its widely recognized strengths in research and education are crucial to the success of many of its programs and initiatives.

As its name implies, the success of the Partnership Program resides in the connections it creates among people and communities across the state. Whether in the laboratory, classroom or community, together the Partnership Program and its collaborators are working to achieve the shared vision of making Wisconsin a healthier state for all.

Our history

The Partnership Program was established at the School of Medicine and Public Health in 2004 through a generous and visionary endowment gift from Blue Cross and Blue Shield United of Wisconsin’s conversion to a stock insurance corporation.

The proceeds of the sale were distributed to Wisconsin’s two medical schools — the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin — to improve the health of the people of Wisconsin. Today the resources continue to provide the Partnership Program and School of Medicine and Public Health with an extraordinary opportunity to work in collaboration with faculty and communities across the state to address some of Wisconsin’s most compelling and complex health problems.