Current Projects

Wisconsin Public Health Practice-Based Research Network (WPHPBRN)

Wisconsin has received a $90,000 two-year award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to develop a public health practice-based research network with an initial focus on public health systems and services.  "Practice-based" means that it will involve governmental health departments as they carry out their work.  "Systems and services" research addresses the issues that underpin programming - things like how health departments are organized, staffed and funded.  Wisconsin is one of seven new states receiving awards in 2009. 

The Wisconsin PHPBRN holds great promise for bringing together researchers and state and local health department leaders from around the state to develop and then address research priorities.  Click here for a fact sheet on this project and follow the project's progress by visiting the Wisconsin PHPBRN Portal on this website.

Wisconsin's Public Health Quality Initiative (WIQI) is preparing Wisconsin's health departments for national voluntary accreditation. WIQI began on May 1, 2008 and is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) as part of its Lead States in Public Health Quality Improvement initiative, aimed at improving the nation's public health system by setting benchmarks to measure health department quality.

IWHI's partners in this effort are the Wisconsin Division of Public Health (WDPH) and the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB).  Project goals include:

1.Contribute to the development of an effective national voluntary accreditation program. (Wisconsin is one of 16 "lead states" as identified by RWJF.)

2.Engage Wisconsin communities in improving their health departments through adoption of assessment and quality improvement methods (We want the importance of public health quality to be understood by community leaders.)

3.Prepare Wisconsin's local and state health departments for national voluntary accreditation (The national voluntary accreditation program is being developed under the auspices of the Public Health Accreditation Board and is due for launch in 2011.)
This three-year project has been progressing well! As a result, key representatives from the Wisconsin Division of Public Health and 40 local and tribal health departments will have received basic training in quality improvement, and their agencies will have completed an accreditation readiness self-assessment.  To follow this project's progress visiting the WIQI Portal on this website. Download a PDF of a one page project description here.  IWHI, WALHDAB and WDPH are committed to obtaining additional support for this initiative so that all health departments interested in accreditation and quality improvement can be supported over time.