A Healthier Wisconsin

Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute (2011)

Expanding the reach and impact of the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Program to support the development of public health leaders in Wisconsin

Full Project Name:Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute (2011)Principal Investigator:Peter M. Layde, MD, MSc, Emergency MedicineCo-Investigator:Kim Contardi, MPH, Emergency MedicineAward Amount:731,467
Award Date
Project Duration:34 months

Project Description Narrative:

National and state calls have been issued for innovative approaches to addressing the nation's increasingly complex public health challenges, placing an emphasis on the need to both strengthen the governmental public health infrastructure and build broader partnerships among all sectors working to improve health. In 2005, following an assessment of public health education and training needs in Wisconsin, the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health created the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute to contribute to the development of a sufficient and competent workforce, one of the priorities of the state health plan.

Since its implementation, the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Insitute has become a model collaboration between the two medical schools, providing continuing public health education opportunities throughout Wisconsin to approximately 1,000 participants. It has been identified as one of 15 public health achievments of the past decade in Wisconsin's State Health Plan, Healthiest Wisconsin 2020. To expand on this progress, this award will support efforts to build on existing programming through expanded offerings and reach across the state.

Outcomes & Lessons Learned:

  • Continued successful Community Teams Program, recruiting and supporting new cohorts of teams across the state in their work to address critical health needs in their communities. Since 2006, the program supported 55 teams of approximately 280 individuals in a year-long applied learning experience
  • Launched COACH (Collaborating, Organizing, and Advocating for Community Health) program to create ongoing communication, development, and networking opportunities for Community Teams Program alumni. Engaged an initial five teams in the program
  • Developed a network of consultants with expertise in a variety of relevant topic areas to assist program participants and community partners in navigating resources and overcoming barriers in communities
  • Hosted regional workshops to provide tailored training and continuing education opportunities to public health practitioners across the state
  • Enhanced online offerings and resources for program participants and community partners, redesigning the HWLI website to include a Leadership Library with tools, articles, resources, and stories created by community teams
  • Built partnerships to market program to new audiences, including establishing a relationship with the Minority Health Leadership Council
  • Continued ongoing program evaluation and analysis to routinely improve the reach, quality, and scope of HWLI programming
  • Disseminated HWLI work and lessons learned at local, regional, and national conferences, including the American Public Health Association's Global Public Health Film Festival in 2015

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