The University of Wisconsin Family Practice Residency was created in 1970, as one of the original 15 programs in the United States. The Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine was established in 1973, the medical student education and research sections were established in the 1980’s, the Physician’s Assistant program joined the department in 1990, and the clinical section greatly expanded with the addition of 15 Dane County private practices in 1998. The Eau Claire campus was established in 1975, Wausau in 1978, and Fox Valley in 1980. Consistently among the top ten nationally rated family medicine departments, the department has over ½ million annual patient visits, 26 statewide clinics, and most recently a budget of $100million. There are 187 faculty, 540 statewide volunteer faculty, and almost 700 employees. The department has full budget autonomy. Funding comes from the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), a State of Wisconsin budgetary line item, patient care revenue, grants, GME funding, and practice plan support. In 2015 the deparetment changed its name to the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. The mission statement of the department is “Improving the health of the people of Wisconsin and the nation through leadership in patient care, education and research.”
We propose the development and use of a clinic based Community Health Practice Profile (CHPP) located through the DFM web site as an integrating concept for community health education and care. We will draw on diverse sources of information and our historic connections to communities to empower our residency teaching practices to better understand their populations. This understanding will help develop innovative programs in collaboration with community agencies/members to impact health and well being. Our goal is to integrate population health in the daily practice of primary care.
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number D54HP233299 “Transforming to a Department of Family Medicine and Community Health” for a total award of $752,716.00 (0% funded with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, not should any endorsement be inferred by HRSA, HHS of the U.S. Government.