Healthier WI Partnership Program

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Collaborative Response to the Growing Wisconsin Health Workforce Crisis

Project Overview

5th Funding Cycle Impact Award
     Project Start Date: 7/1/2009
     Project End Date: 6/30/2012

Project Goal Statement: This project addresses the health workforce shortage threatening our most vulnerable communities by providing the data collection and forecasting critically needed for workforce planning.

Award Amount: $300,000

Community Partner(s):
Primary Community Partner: Tim Size, Wisconsin Health Workforce Data Collaborative
Additional community partner organization names:

  • Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
  • Wisconsin Medical Society, Inc.

Academic Partner(s):
Primary Academic Partner: Peter Layde, MD, MSc, Department of Population Health
Additional Academic Partner: Jenny Her, Department of Population Health

Project Progress Summary Reports:
     Project Progress Report Summary 7/1/2009 - 12/31/2009
     Project Progress Report Summary 1/1/2010 - 6/30/2010
     Project Progress Report Summary 7/1/2010 - 12/31/2010
     Project Progress Report Summary 1/1/2011 - 6/30/2011
     Project Progress Report Summary 7/1/2011 - 12/31/2011
     Project Final Report Summary    

Affiliated Web Pages:
     Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
     Wisconsin Health Workforce Data Collaborative
     Wisconsin Medical Society, Inc.

Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)

  • Articles
    • Article in the Eye on Health Newsletter – Size T. Wisconsin Organizes to Get Workforce Data. Eye on Health Newsletter, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative. August/September 2008.
    • Press release from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development – Four State Organizations Awarded $300,000 by Medical College of Wisconsin to Address Health Care Workforce Shortages. Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. June 11, 2009.
    • Article in the Eye on Health Newsletter - Workforce Collaborative Faces Forecast Gap. Eye on Health Newsletter, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative. July 2009.
    • Consensus statement developed by the Wisconsin Health Workforce Data Collaborative - Wisconsin’s Urgent Need for Collaborative Health Workforce Planning. Wisconsin Health Workforce Data Collaborative. June 21, 2009.
    • Article in Nursing Matters - Wisconsin RN Workforce Survey: The Opportunity to Chart the Future of Nursing. Nursing Matters. November 10, 2009.
    • Article in the Eye on Health Newsletter – Health Workforce Forecast Model Launched. Eye on Health Newsletter, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative. November 2011.
  • Outreach Materials / Events
    • Distributed Wisconsin’s Health Care Workforce 2009 Report from the Wisconsin Hospital Association
    • Developed the “2010 Nursing Workforce Survey Frequently Asked Questions” and distributed through the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing.
    • Published “Health Statistics Quick Facts” in At a Glance: Wisconsin Clinical Laboratory Workforce Survey, 2010.
      • Published on Wisconsin Department of Health Services (Available at: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/Health/workforce/index.htm.) and Health Workforce Information Center.
      • Disseminated to the Wisconsin Health Workforce Data Collaborative, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, various academic institutions, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Local Health Departments and Boards, and Wisconsin Public Health Association
      • Distributed to conference participants at the WCN Conference. Wisconsin Dells, WI. May 2011.
    • Distributed the Wisconsin 2010 RN Survey Results At-a-Glance Brochure at WCN Conference – The IOM Report: Building the Future of Nursing in WI. Wisconsin Dells, WI. May 2011.
  • Papers
    • Published in Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice – Acord L, Dennik-Champion G, Lundeen S, and Schuler S. Vision, Grit and Collaboration: How the Wisconsin Center for Nursing Achieved both Sustainable Funding and Established itself as a State Health Care Workforce Leader. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice.
  • Presentations
    • Presentation at the Wisconsin Health Association Rural Health Conference – Preston J. The Wisconsin RN Workforce Survey, Collaboration at Work. Wisconsin Health Association Rural Health Conference. June 24, 2010.
    • Presentation at the Breakthroughs in Health-care Workforce Development Conference – Schuler SG. Wisconsin Nursing Workforce Development Initiatives. Breakthroughs in Health-care Workforce Development Conference. Milwaukee, WI. February 18, 2010.
    • Presentation at Alumni Day, University of Wisconsin School of Nursing – Schuler SG. Wisconsin Center for Nursing: Overview and Update. Alumni Day, University of Wisconsin School of Nursing. Madison, WI. April 17, 2010.
    • Presented a breakout session at the 14th Annual Public Health Nursing Conference – Hansen J and McKenney N. Wisconsin Public Health and Community Health Registered Nurse Workforce Report Reflection Panel. 14th Annual Public Health Nursing Conference: Public Health Nurses Lead the Way. Stevens Point, WI. August 16, 2011.
    • Presented the “Wisconsin 2010 RN Survey results at a Glance Brochure” at
      • The annual LEAP Conference. Madison, WI. January 2011.
      • The Forum of State Nursing Centers Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. January 2011.
      • Participants of the Aurora Healthcare IOM Future of Nursing Forum. January 2011.
    • PowerPoint presentation – Hansen JM. Your Wisconsin Center for Nursing: Leading Today for the Workforce Tomorrow. Presented to
      • Members of the Lakeshore District Nurses Association of WNA. Cleveland, WI. (April 2011.
      • Participants of breakout session at the annual Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives (WONE). Wisconsin Dells, WI. April 2011.
      • Poster presented to participants at the Annual WPHA Conference. Appleton, WI. May 2011.
    • Presented and distributed Wisconsin 2010 RN Survey Results At-a-Glance Brochure to members of Sigma Theta Tau-Milwaukee, Eta Nu, Delta Gamma, Tau Mu, Tau Sigma chapters. Milwaukee, WI. April 2011.
    • Panel presentation at Wisconsin Public Health Nurse Conference – Public and Community Health Registered Nurse Workforce Reflection Panel. Wisconsin Public Health Nurse Conference. August 16, 2011.
    • Presentation at the Northeast Regional Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards meeting, November 10, 2011, and the Public Health Nutrition Consultants meeting, December 2, 2011 titled “Wisconsin Public Health Workforce Development ‘What’s Hot?’”
    • Presentation to the Wisconsin Health Workforce Data Collaborative – Preliminary Findings from the Public and Community Health Registered Nurse Workforce Report (November 28, 2011)
    • Presentation at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Workforce Summit – Data and Tools to Strengthen the Public Health Workforce. Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Workforce Summit. May 17 and 18, 2012.
    • Presented a live webcast – Wisconsin Clinical Laboratory Science Workforce Survey Report. September 24, 2012.
  • Website
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