Since our founding in 2000, interdisciplinarity is at the heart of the Center for Patient Partnerships’ model. We are excited to announce that UW Madison Division of Extension is joining the schools of Law, SMPH, Nursing and Pharmacy as a sponsoring school. This new partnership will enable us to better serve the Wisconsin Idea by connecting with colleagues working all across the state to advance health justice. In the words of Karl Martin, Dean & Director of UW–Madison Extension: “Extension truly embodies the Wisconsin Idea and delivers programming within every county across the state. Being able to boost and elevate health advocacy resources available from the UW–Madison to all of Wisconsin is a tremendous benefit …. This move will enhance the reach of campus knowledge and enhance service for counties and tribes.”
CPP now has multiple sites and strong partnerships to meet the growing demand for health advocacy:
- Our main office and Health Justice Clinic have moving into a beautiful new space at Extension, just down the hill from the Law School at 432 N Lake St (right around the corner from the University Bookstore and the food carts!
- Our Action Research team is based out of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, with office space off of South Park Street, at Alumni Hall next to St. Mary’s Hospital. At DFMCH our team is able to connect with other researchers on campus focusing on improving patient’s experiences.
- Our Community Resource Navigator Team continues to work out of the South Madison Partnership as they have since the early days of the pandemic to ensure they remain accessible to folks needing support. Resource Navigators will soon return to area clinics to work directly with patients needing help accessing community resources, but will continue to call South Madison Partnership our home base.
The Dean of the UW–Madison Law School, Dan Tokaji, celebrated the new partnership: “Extension is a great connector, and this will facilitate the Center for Patient Partnerships ability to strengthen its statewide outreach around community health and patient advocacy. It will also allow the Center to maintain and expand its existing connections to multiple schools and units at the University, advancing its teaching and service mission.”
We are excited about our growing footprint and the opportunities presented by our new partnership with Extension!