Set firmly in the tradition of 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:
- UW Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
- UW Survey Research Center
- UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
- UW Health Innovation Program (HIP)
- UW ICTR-Community-Academic Partnerships
- La Follette School of Public Affairs
- UW Extension
- School of Human Ecology
- UW Centers for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA)