We are working to ensure you have the support you need to be as healthy as possible no matter where you are, whether it‘s in our care or in the community.
We recognize the best medical treatment is not needing treatment at all. That's why we are as focused on prevention as we are to life-saving hospital care.
Health is not just driven by clinical care, but also by factors like where people live, work, play and learn. We also know that systemic racism impacts the health of communities of color and leads to disparities in outcomes. We cannot improve the health of our community without addressing systemic racism and its impact on health.
That's why we're continually assessing the needs of our community and forming partnerships to influence the many factors that contribute to health.
UW Health’s Office of Population Health has three areas of focus:
Some examples of our work:
UW Health developed an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in 2013 and is recognized among the nation's best for quality and value. Our ACO participation enables us to develop innovative programs and services designed to improve the health of our patients.
We are integrating behavioral health services into primary care to help address issues like depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.
We've expanded our nurse-led care coordination program to specifically support those with complex medical conditions through one-on-one education, goal-setting, coaching and support. Now every one of our primary care clinics has a RN Care Coordinator to offer this level of support to those who need it most.
We collaborate with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health to stay on top of best practices. The University of Wisconsin was the first in the nation to integrate its schools of medicine and public health, establishing the School of Medicine and Public Health in 2006. The UW Population Health Institute is nationally recognized for its research, including the annual County Health Rankings, policy work and other knowledge to inform practice and programming.
We’re working with community and healthcare partners to implement multiple strategies to support healthy birth outcomes in the African American community.