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What is Community Health Improvement at UW Health?

Staff in the Office of Population Health partner closely with community organizations and other healthcare partners to develop programming to address our most pressing community needs that are impacting the health of our community. This work is guided by our Community Health Needs Assessment.

Learn more about Population Health at UW Health

How do you define community?


About Community Health Needs Assessments

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) looks at the health of a community by using data and collecting community input. CHNAs examine community health from a big-picture view and consider risk factors, quality of life, mortality, morbidity, access to health care and more. They assist in establishing priorities for community health and developing and implementing community health programming.

UW Health CHNA priorities are maternal and child health, chronic conditions, substance use disorders, mental and behavioral health.

Community Health Needs Assessments

Community Health Implementation Strategy

Healthy Kids Collaborative

Helping children to be healthy

A group of children in a huddle during a sporting event
Healthy Kids Collaborative
We know that healthy behaviors start at a young age and your health at a young age is a good prediction of your health later in life. The team of staff with the Healthy Kids Collaborative work to ensure that every child in Dane County has an opportunity to be healthy. Through programming, advocacy and partnership this team works to reduce barriers to living an active and healthy lifestyle.

Our commitment to equity

We work in partnership with our colleagues in diversity, equity and inclusion and community relations on initiatives that promote health equity.

Learn about diversity, equity and inclusion at UW Health

Learn about community relations at UW Health