Wisconsin Establishes Public-Private Alliance to Advance Primary Care Initiatives

Practice Sights: State Primary Care Development Strategies

During 1993 and 1994, State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services established a statewide alliance of public and private organizations devoted to advancing primary care initiatives, including recruitment and retention efforts and technical assistance to underserved communities.

The department collaborated on the project with the Wisconsin Primary Care Consortium, a statewide alliance of public and private organizations devoted to advancing primary care initiatives.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Practice Sights: State Primary Care Development Strategies national program.

Key Results:

  • The consortium established a menu of recruitment and retention services that could be mixed and matched to meet the unique needs of urban, small-town and rural underserved areas.
  • Two pilot projects examined the most effective way for a large statewide organization to interact with underserved communities, and determined that many communities are looking for technical assistance, health planning information and community development strategies.