University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Research. Evaluation. Education. Dialogue.

Health Policy

Donna Friedsam, Programs Director

Faculty and Staff


Set firmly in the Wisconsin Idea, the Health Policy program fosters an exchange of knowledge and expertise among Wisconsin’s leading public and private sector policy- and decision-leaders and research scholars at UW-Madison and other research institutions.

Research and analysis projects focus on health care access, cost, financing, health system performance, quality — in short: What works? Who benefits? Who pays?

Legislative and public briefings address health in all policies, with a multiple-determinants-of-health perspective.

Specific program areas include the following:

  • Evaluate mechanisms for expanding health coverage, financing health care, and reforming payment, benefit, and delivery system design;
  • Assess potential and current state health reforms and the impact of federal policies on the state of Wisconsin;
  • Engage with private health care providers, purchasers, and advocates to assess and improve quality and reduce the cost of health care;
  • Analyze the potential of current and emerging data, particularly claims-based and other administrative data, to contribute to improved value and health outcomes;
  • Conduct pilot research in the arena of health care delivery and health care financing;
  • Produce briefings and forums for legislators, executive branch officials and public and private sector decision-leaders on topical matters of health policy and practice; and
  • Produce practice-oriented reports, issue briefs, and peer-reviewed publications to advance the body of evidence in the field.

Collaborating Institutes and Centers: