Background and Mission of the Institute
The Institute has existed in various organizational forms since 1984, adopting its current name
and structure as the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in 2005. The
Institute’s work is led by a team of experts well-recognized in their fields and is guided
by an active Advisory Board of state-level policy and practice leaders and an Executive Committee
The mission of the Institute is Translating Research for Policy and Practice. The UW Population
Health Institute advances health and well-being for all by developing and evaluating interventions
and promoting evidence-based approaches to policy and practice at the local, state, and national
levels. The Institute works across the full spectrum of factors that contribute to health.
A focal point for health and health care dialogue within the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a
convener of stakeholders, the Institute promotes an exchange of expertise between those within the
university and those in the policy and practice arena.
Our goals are to:
- Address a broad range of real-world, health-related problems of topical interest and stakeholder relevance;
- Promote partnerships between researchers and users of research, encouraging collaboration between the academic community and those engaged in practice and policy within both the public and private sectors;
- Evaluate programs and policies to support quality improvement, promote accountability, and seek evidenced-based solutions;
- Build the knowledge base of effective programs and policies;
- Provide learning opportunities for practitioners and students; and
- Contribute to policy decisions and program implementations that improve health and well-being for all.
Research Informs Practice; Practice Informs Research
Partners and Stakeholders: Public health departments, business leaders, educators, philanthropy and
investors, advocates, government (tribal, state, local), health care providers, purchasers, and
payers, and the general public.
Products: Original research, community engaged programming and training, reports, searchable databases,
issue briefs, program evaluations, webinars, briefings and conferences.
Major Programs and Products
The Evaluation Research group works in partnership with community, tribal, university, and governmental
organizations through the development, implementation, and evaluation stages of their programs. Our
projects focus on substance abuse prevention and treatment; maternal and child health; school-based health;
correctional health; and related areas. We use a broad range of methods, from qualitative and descriptive
techniques to complex experimental and quasi-experimental trials. We also engage in rigorous intervention
research design and evaluation.
The Health Policy group connects with Wisconsin’s leading public- and private-sector policymakers in
the health services arena. Programs focus on access, cost, financing, quality, and outcomes.
Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health
The MATCH group focuses on helping communities identify and implement solutions that make it easier for people
to be healthy in their homes, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods.