The Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program is a component of the endowment fund at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The vision for the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program is to improve the health of the people of Wisconsin. The program supports community-academic partnerships that address public and community health improvement. The program supports projects that define public health inclusively, focusing on broad determinants of health in communities.
Projects funded by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program must address three key areas of emphasis:
1. HWPP Program Evaluation Model
2. Community-Academic Partnership Model
3. Health Improvement Priorities
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is dedicated to improving the health of the community through public and community health partnerships, biomedical and population health research, and medical and public health professional education. With a focus on health improvement, MCW works with communities to create mutual benefit, build community capacity and, ultimately, a healthier Wisconsin. MCW’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) endowment is the distribution of funds resulting from Blue Cross/Blue Shield United of Wisconsin’s conversion to a for-profit corporation.
The vision of MCW’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) endowment is to improve the health of the people of Wisconsin through three complementary components.
Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP) supports community-MCW partnerships that address public and community health improvement through a competitive Request for Proposal Process as well as MCW Consortium-directed non-competitive special initiatives.
Research for a Healthier Tomorrow supports basic, clinical, applied and translational research, and addresses leading causes of death and disability through the development of strong interdisciplinary programs that span MCW.
Educational Leadership for the Health of the Public supports programs that address health issues of an increasingly diverse and aged population through individualized, competency-based and flexible educational models that integrate basic and clinical sciences (patient-centered) throughout MCW while attracting and training a diverse workforce through physician training.
The vision of HWPP is to improve the health of the people of Wisconsin by funding community-MCW academic partnership projects that have measurable impact and ultimately create meaningful, transformative change through community-MCW academic partnership projects that address public and community health promotion and disease prevention initiatives.
This vision is overseen by a nine-member committee. The committee, known as the MCW Consortium on Public and Community Health (MCW Consortium), serves as the board of directors for HWPP. In addition to oversight responsibility for HWPP, the MCW Consortium also serves in an advisory capacity for endowment funds allocated to research and education at MCW.
The MCW Consortium has established a set of guiding principles to provide a foundation and framework for effective stewardship. The Principles of Stewardship serve as the evaluation framework for HWPP projects; therefore, HWPP projects should exemplify the Principles.
Projects selected to receive HWPP funding propose transformational ways to improve the health of Wisconsin’s citizens, focusing on health promotion and disease prevention while also recognizing the significant role of building capacity and strengthening systems in an effort to reach those goals.
Funding from HWPP is a competitive, unique and transformative opportunity for community organizations and MCW academicians to leverage resources, share information and capitalize on expertise as they work in partnership to address Wisconsin’s greatest health needs.