Navigating the healthcare system can be overwhelming. Our advocates are here to help.
Our students learn tools to change systems and people's lives
We're researching people's experiences to transform healthcare for the better-and for all.

Explore our Transformational Work

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Our programs combine patient advocacy, health systems, and experiential learning to prepare tomorrow’s health justice leaders.


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Students offer free advocacy and navigation services for patients entangled in health care and insurance systems – because no one should have to go it alone.

Advocacy & Navigation

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Research & Systems Change

Our research and advocacy efforts are designed for lasting systems change. We are working hard to find solutions.

Systems Change

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The Center for Patient Partnerships, works to create a more just, people-centered healthcare system in three important ways:

  1. Our advocates work closely with patients to help them navigate their own care.
  2. Our researchers study and support the patient experience.
  3. Our educators give University of Wisconsin students the tools to change systems—and people’s lives.

Our Vision: We deserve a healthcare system everyone can access, understand and afford.

Our Approach: We train health advocates, conduct research, and guide patients to make health care better for all.


  • Rural Outreach Through County Courthouses and Libraries

    With funding from WisTAF, and in partnership with LIFT WI, the Center for Patient Partnerships put together a packet of information to be sent out to rural parts of Wisconsin. The packet consisted of three …

  • Partner LIFT WI Launches Debt Reduction Tool

    LIFT (Legal Interventions for Transforming) Wisconsin, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice for low-income Wisconsin residents by removing legal barriers, announces the newest addition to its Legal Tune Up Tool  (  The …

  • Sheray Wallace Honored with Community Driven Award

      On May 17, 2024, Urban Triage held their first annual Black Brilliance Gala: A Celebration of Unsung Heros.  Sheray was one of many deserving leaders receiving awards for their tireless commitment to our community.  …

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group of students“CPP has been the most personally impactful experience of my graduate program. Through the coursework, but especially through the connections I’ve made with clients and fellow advocates, I’ve gained important understanding of healthcare from an individual to systems level.

My time at CPP has laid the foundation for a future career grounded in patient narratives.”

2020 Graduate Student
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   All are welcome here.

The Center for Patient Partnerships and the University of Wisconsin-Madison
are located on unceded, ancestral lands of the Ho-Chunk people.