The Wisconsin Chronic Disease Quality Improvement Project is a joint partnership that highlights an extraordinary level of cooperation among diverse, competitive health systems to improve chronic disease care in Wisconsin. Members include the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the Department of Health Services Division of Health Care Access and Accountability (Medicaid Program), and health systems serving Wisconsin. The Project was established in 1998 as a forum to evaluate and implement the Wisconsin Diabetes Mellitus Essential Care Guidelines, share resources, population-based strategies and best practices, and improve diabetes care through collaborative quality improvement initiatives. In 2013, the project expanded to focus on the best evidence-based methods for prevention and control of a variety of chronic conditions. Collaboration is key to this project’s success. This collaborative model may serve as the springboard for the expansion to other statewide quality improvement initiatives. Evaluation Staff: Busarow
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Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Evaluation Staff: Moberg, Scholl, Suryanarayanan, Sayavedra
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Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program
The overarching goal of the Coordinating Center of the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program is to support transdisciplinary scientific research to enhance our understanding of environmental and genetic factors underlying breast cancer risk throughout the lifespan, with particular focus on the influence of environmental exposures during specific time windows of susceptibility. The BCERP Coordinating Center integrates efforts across the network of individual Windows of Susceptibility research projects with NIH program staff members, breast cancer advocates, community partners, and external stakeholders to facilitate transdisciplinary research through collaboration, coordination, and communication. Evaluation Staff: Lindberg
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Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute
The Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute (HWLI) is a resource for the entire state, providing continuing education, training, and technical assistance to community leaders working to address local health priorities. The curriculum emphasizes collaborative leadership, helping communities build partnerships to address the complex factors that affect population health and health equity. An important part of HWLI is the Community Teams Program, an intensive, year-long program that uses a community-based approach to develop collaborative leadership and public health knowledge and skills. Community Teams choose specific projects to address community health priorities and apply what they have learned. The UW PHI Evaluation Research Group conducts the Community Teams Program evaluation, using a mixed-methods approach to determine how HWLI is progressing in its efforts to build leadership capacity and improve the health of Wisconsin communities. Evaluation Staff: Busarow
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Population Health Service Fellowship
The Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellowship aims to improve the public health workforce through service learning. It is designed to develop the next generation of public health leaders skilled in planning, implementing, and evaluating public health programs. Through service to community organizations, the program strives to contribute to efforts to address Wisconsin’s most pressing public health challenges and improve the health and wellbeing of its citizens. Fellows are deployed to work in various settings throughout Wisconsin, with practical training assignments designed to benefit the communities in which they are placed. Fellows complete performance requirements representing core skills necessary to provide leadership and management in public health programs. The UW PHI Evaluation Research Group conducts the Fellowship Program evaluation to ascertain whether it is achieving desired outcomes and to inform program improvement efforts. Evaluation Staff: Busarow
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Oral Health Workforce Evaluation
UWPHI, working with staff in the Office of Health Informatics, Bureau of Public Health, Department of Health Services, to develop and implement new data analysis reports and studies using population, administrative and clinical health data to support grants that address prescription drug/opioid overdose related deaths and adverse events. Evaluation Staff: Lecoanet, Smith