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July 19, 2017

The Future Landscape of Wisconsin’s Health Care Workforce

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Glacier Canyon Lodge at The Wilderness Resort

Registration Open at http://www.cvent.com/d/85qxys


At the statewide WCMEW Conference, attendees will develop an understanding of health care workforce issues as interdisciplinary and time-sensitive in Wisconsin. Participants will forge connections across stakeholder groups, developing the ability to frame workforce challenges as opportunities for collaboration and creativity. Experts will present approaches to address projected health care workforce issues, including preparing health professionals for an evolving care system, leveraging community leadership, and formulating effective public policy.


Health care executives, community leaders, health care providers, educators and trainers, and policymakers will all benefit by attending this conference.

Presented by WCMEW, a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization whose purpose is to facilitate strategies to assure an adequate supply of health care providers to meet the needs of Wisconsin citizens today and into the future.

WCMEW stakeholders include: the Medical College of Wisconsin, Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, State of Wisconsin, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants, Wisconsin Center for Nursing, Wisconsin Hospital Association, Wisconsin Medical Society and the Wisconsin Nurses Association.


July 14, 2017

MetaStar would like to announce an unique grant partnership for community pharmacies, physician clinics, Emergency Rooms and Urgent Cares across the state. 

The grant is focused on antibiotic stewardship in the community by  decreasing the use of unnecessary antibiotics hence improving the antibiotic resistance along with decreasing community acquired C-Diff.   Click here for a PDF Flyer that explains the rationale and gives some insight to the project. See also this video link which discusses the need, rationale and project actions in greater detail. For physician clinics this does count towards their QPP initiatives. This grant is free of charge to participants and requires a signed participation agreement


July 11, 2017

The August Issue of RWHC Eye On Health is now available and Includes: Health Bill 

  • Medicaid Cuts Devastating for Rural America
  • “Meth Rises in Shadow of Opioids”
  • “Patient Engagement versus Experience”
  • Priming the WI Rural Health Workforce Pump
  • Collaborating to Reduce Preventable Diseases
  • Leadership Insights: “Helping Too Much”
  • 25th Annual $2,500 Monato Essay Prize
  • Help Grow Next Generation of Rural Health Leaders
  • Upcoming RWHC Leadership Programs
  • Eye On Health Cartoons
Thanks for your ongoing interest in rural health!

July 3, 2017

RURAL WISCONSIN HEALTH COOPERATIVE AWARDED FEDERAL GRANT FOR PRIMARY CARE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT 

Sauk City, WI. (7/3/17) – Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) is grateful to announce it has received a $300,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Network Development Grant Program for a primary care quality improvement initiative intended to drive improvements in the care of patients with diabetes and hypertensive disease. The grant award is for the first year of what is anticipated to be a 3-year initiative.

The Rural Wisconsin Primary Care Outcomes Improvement Project is a collaborative effort between RWHC, the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ), the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), Physician Compass, and eleven RWHC member hospitals. These project partners will be working together to achieve their common goals of improving HbA1C and blood pressure control in the project’s patient population.

“Rural Wisconsin communities have higher than average rates of poverty, obesity, and tobacco use, three key risk factors for diabetes and hypertensive disease,” said Tim Size, RWHC’s Executive Director. “We are promoting wellness through collaborative self-management and lifestyle improvement in order to reduce these risk factors. RWHC is very excited to have received funding to do this important work.”  

For more information, contact: Louis Wenzlow, RWHC Director of HIT and Strategic Initiatives/CIO at 608-643-2343 or LWenzlow@rwhc.com



June 26, 2017

"The State of Health Care in Wisconsin – Advocacy in a Divided Country" Tim Size, RWHC Executive Director, co-presented with the Eric Borgerding, Wisconsin Hospital Association's President/CEO, at the annual Wisconsin Rural Health Conference in the Wisconsin Dells on 6/22/17.


June 15, 2017

No RWHC Eye on Health for July - Editor "Gone Fishing"


May 12, 2017

The May 2017 Issue of the Leadership Insights newsletter "Abraham Lincoln, Project Manager"  by Jo Anne Preston is now available.  Click to view newsletter


May 11, 2017

From The Tomah (Wisconsin) Journal: “Rural hospital spokesman says health legislation 'would not be a pretty picture' “


March 29, 2017

Registration is open for the Medical College of Wisconsin’s annual Community Engagement Week for sessions to facilitate education, networking, recognition and promotion of Community Engagement to strengthen community and academic collaboration around health by exploring and growing our common ground to improve the lives of Wisconsin Communities. Registration ends on April 7.


March 16, 2017

The March 2017 Issue of the Leadership Insights newsletter "Change ChallengesPART 2 of 2"  by Jo Anne Preston is now available.  Click to view newsletter

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