Healthy Wisconsin Launches Community Teams

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Madison/Milwaukee – Obesity, cancer, depression and health disparities, all high-priority issues in Wisconsin, will be tackled this year by participants in the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute's 2007-2008 Community Teams Program.

Four Wisconsin communities and one statewide coalition will receive training and technical assistance as they address issues their communities identified as critical to improving health.

The teams represent different sectors and disciplines and bring a wide range of experiences and skill to their work in the program. The group of teams includes health care providers, school principals, fitness directors, private business representatives, psychologists, and local public health practitioners, among others.

"The teams are taking on extremely challenging and important health issues, and have brought together the right people to make a real impact," says Dean Robert Golden, MD, of University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

"Obesity, depression and cancer are an often interrelated constellation of chronic diseases," said Michael J. Dunn, MD, executive vice president and dean of the Medical College of Wisconsin. "Efforts focused on their cause, prevention and control could significantly improve the health of many Wisconsin residents."

The teams:

  • The Activate Fox Cities Team is part of Activate America, a national initiative rallying YMCAs across the country to help children and adults discover and sustain healthier ways to live. Activate Fox Cities is helping create healthier communities in their region by reducing barriers and increasing supports for healthy living.
  • The Healthy People Coulee Region Team, with the help of their local Physical Activity Coalition, is committed to investigating the root causes of physical inactivity in order to decrease obesity. The team's goal is to develop a community-wide campaign to get people active and moving.
  • The Healthy People Washington County Team plans to implement proven nutrition and physical activity strategies to combat obesity throughout Washington County. Their main goals are to increase the number of Washington County residents who meet the goal of two fruit and three vegetable servings per day, and to increase the number meeting the recommended amount of physical activity (30 minutes per day, five days a week.)
  • The Lieutenant Governor's Task Force Team works to improve the health of all Wisconsinites and increase worker productivity by providing equal coverage for physical and mental health.
  • The Milwaukee Region Cancer Care Network Team works to improve the accessibility, quality, effectiveness and efficiency of cancer care in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

The Community Teams Program is one component of the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute, a joint program of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin.


The program is funded through the Wisconsin Partnership Program and the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program. The Institute is co-directed by Peter Layde, MD, MSc of the Medical College and Patrick Remington, MD, MPH of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Date Published: 04/24/2008

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