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Wisconsin Organizations

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment
Offers both technical assistance and grant making investments. Supports community partnerships, and research and education programs working to improve the health of Wisconsin residents.
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Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center (gpTRAC)
One of the telehealth resource centers funded by the federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth. Assists healthcare organizations, networks, and providers in the implementation of cost-effective telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations. Includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.
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North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)
One of four regional rural development centers in the U.S. that works with extension professionals, researchers, and partners to enhance rural development outcomes. Serves a 12 state area in the North Central region which includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.
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Rural Health Initiative (RHI)
Provides free health screening services for rural farm families in Shawano, Waupaca, Outagamie, and Marathon Counties in Wisconsin.
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Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC)
Offers programs and services to healthcare organizations throughout Wisconsin. Operated by 39 rural, acute, general medical-surgical hospitals. Works to support and enhance rural health and quality of care, with an emphasis on developing integrated networks among freestanding rural hospitals.
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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Wisconsin (HUD)
Works to increase home ownership, support community development, and increase access to affordable housing. Provides information about HUD housing programs and local contacts for the state.
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University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI)
Works to advance health and well-being in policy and practice at the local-, state-, and national- level by evaluating interventions and promoting evidence-based methodologies. Provides county data and resources focused on rural health issues in Wisconsin.
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USDA Rural Development Wisconsin State Office
Works to improve the economy and quality of life in rural Wisconsin. Provides information about Rural Development programs and applications for financial assistance.
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Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM)
Consists of a rural education program within the Doctor of Medicine program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. Aims to develop the skills of medical students who wish to participate in a rural setting and improve the supply of physicians in rural Wisconsin.
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Wisconsin Area Health Education Center System (Wisconsin AHEC)
Works to improve the supply, distribution, and quality of healthcare professionals in Wisconsin. Develops community-based health professions training programs. Oversees the seven regional Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in Wisconsin, which are the Northwest, Northern Highland, Northeast, Milwaukee and Southeast, South Central, Scenic Rivers, and North Central.
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Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP)
Serves as the voluntary association of the 16 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and two special purpose agencies in Wisconsin. Promotes the development of resources that support their anti-poverty missions. Includes the Community Development Services (CDS) program, which provides education, training, and technical assistance to rural Wisconsin communities.
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Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW)
Supports the recruitment and retention of healthcare providers in Wisconsin. Works to address the future healthcare workforce needs in the state.
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Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA)
Works to improve the oral health of Wisconsin residents. Supports projects and programs that provide oral healthcare services for disadvantaged populations, including Mission of Mercy, Mentoring Program, and Donated Dental Services.
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Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)
Oversees numerous divisions, including long term care, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), substance abuse, public health, and regulation and licensing of facilities.
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Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Oversees the licensing of professionals in Wisconsin, including physicians, registered nurses, dentists, and other healthcare professionals. Formed by combining the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing and parts of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.
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Wisconsin EMS Association (WEMSA)
Represents and supports emergency medical services (EMS) throughout Wisconsin. Oversees testing, certification, and license renewals. Provides continuing education, resources, and legislative advocacy.
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Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center (WGEC)
Acts as a consortium of academic and healthcare organizations that works to develop and implement training for healthcare professionals, faculty, students, and practitioners to meet the needs of Wisconsin geriatric patients.
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Wisconsin Health Information Technology Extension Center (WHITEC)
Serves as Wisconsin's health information technology (HIT) regional extension center (REC) to assist healthcare providers with becoming meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs) by providing information and technical assistance.
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Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA)
Works to provide quality healthcare services and initiatives to Wisconsin communities. Provides education and training opportunities. Sponsors the annual Wisconsin Rural Health Conference that examines issues that impact small and rural hospitals throughout the state.
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Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed)
Membership association of medical doctors in Wisconsin. Provides advocacy, information on professionalism, and medical education resources.
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Wisconsin Office of Rural Health (WI-ORH)
Supports rural healthcare delivery in Wisconsin by providing education, resources, and services. Works closely with individual rural communities and rural hospitals.
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Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association (WPHCA)
Represents a statewide network of community and migrant health centers. Works to provide access to community-oriented primary healthcare services including patient centered medical homes, quality improvement, and healthcare quality.
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Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA)
Promotes health, wellness, and prevention from disease and injury throughout Wisconsin. Works to create a strong public health workforce. Provides legislative news and updates.
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Wisconsin Rural Partners (WRP)
Serves as a network of Wisconsin public and private sector partners. Works to promote a network for rural community support, develop strong rural leaders, and build rural community capacity.
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Wisconsin Technology Council
Provides policy guidance on broadband and technology to lawmakers, the governor, state agencies, and other institutions in Wisconsin. Networks through the Wisconsin Innovation Network (WIN), a community-based organization dedicated to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.
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Last Reviewed: 11/27/2018