Learning in teams, across disciplines, is a hallmark of the Center’s educational approach.
Below, you’ll find faculty and staff with broad academic training and deep professional experience in multiple sectors, including law, medicine, social work, education, public policy, health administration, psychology, community organizing, and business. We invite you to contact any of our staff to inquire about our work and explore ways we might work together.
We also work with a range of partners to influence change in the health and social sector systems that influence health.
Faculty and staff
Leadership & Administration
Education & Advocacy
Action Research: Qualitative and Health Experiences Research Lab
“The benefits of this work are extraordinary; the promise of partnership is powerful.”
The Center was founded on the belief that to improve healthcare quality, there must be systems and standards for meaningful patient-provider interaction. These changes must be fought for by both patients and the healthcare system itself.
Martha “Meg” Gaines, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, transformed her own experience as a cancer survivor into a model for consumer-centered patient advocacy. She quickly recognized the educational potential for this type of advocacy—a vision of patients getting help and future medical professionals providing the help they need. Working with colleagues from the schools of medicine, nursing, and public administration, Meg founded the Center for Patient Partnerships in 2000 to make this vision a reality.
In honor of Meg’s contributions to the field of patient advocacy, we’ve established an Innovation Fund, and we welcome your support.