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September 18, 2018

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

  • Social Isolation–a Killer of Rural Elders
  • “Suicide and the Wisconsin Farmer”
  • Local Markets Drive Rural Hospital Health
  • RWHC Leadership Residency Program
  • Leadership Insights: “Leading: Life & Death”
  • RWHC “Champions of Health” Public Service Announcement Campaign
  • Upcoming RWHC Leadership Programs
  • Monato Rural Essay Prize Submissions Due June 1st
  • Eye On Health Cartoons
Thanks for your ongoing support for rural health!

September 17, 2018


Thirty-one Wisconsin communities have been recognized for their work to improve health in their communities.

The Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation is a new initiative offered by the UW Population Health Institute (UWPHI), in collaboration with diverse statewide groups. Funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program, it is designed to celebrate and encourage achievements in health improvement in Wisconsin, and to serve as a guide for communities to expand and enhance their health improvement efforts.

The designation program recognizes communities that focus efforts across the multiple factors that influence health – including health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment – with a focus on equity, multisector partnerships and sustainable solutions.

“Achieving equitable health outcomes takes years to accomplish, and this program is all about celebrating the hard work happening across Wisconsin,” said Sheri Johnson, PhD, director of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. “Our goal is to acknowledge and support ongoing efforts in local communities to improve health for everyone.”

The 31 communities received either a bronze, silver or gold designation. Four communities received a gold designation. The tiers are meant to provide a trajectory and serve as a guide for communities as they work toward comprehensive solutions for better health – the gold level representing the most difficult to achieve. However, receiving a designation, at any level, does not indicate that health or health equity has been achieved in a community; rather, the designation is meant to commend the efforts and the partnerships working to improve health.


“This initiative was developed in response to a request from rural communities across the state and gives communities of all shapes and sizes – rural and urban – an opportunity to be recognized for the great work that they are doing to improve their own health,” said Tim Size, executive director of the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, a collaborative of 42 rural hospitals and local health systems, and a founding member of the UW Population Health Institute’s advisory board.

The Healthy Community Designation lasts for three years, at which point a community may reapply. Learn more about the program and the application process.

September 17, 2018
The September 2018 Issue of Leadership Insights Newsletter, Issue 98, "Leading: A Life or Death Matter", by Jo Anne Preston, Workforce & Organizational Development Sr. Mgr., is available online: Click here.

August 15, 2018
The August 2018 Issue of Leadership Insights Newsletter, Issue 97, "Feeding the Feedback", by Jo Anne Preston, Workforce & Organizational Development Sr. Mgr., is available online: Click here.

July 26, 2018

The Rural Wisconsin Chronic Disease Toolkit was developed as part of the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) Primary Care Improvement Project, which is a HRSA Network Development Grant-funded collaboration between RWHC, participating RWHC member hospitals, the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ), and other partner organizations.

The Toolkit has been developed by WCHQ and RWHC in order to provide project participants with an up-to-date compendium of several rurally relevant best practices that have been shown to be effective in improving chronic disease outcomes. Depending on various factors—differences in size, demographics, internal processes, etc.—healthcare organizations may find some tools more useful than others. We intend to update this toolkit over time with additional resources as they become available. The RWHC toolkit page is located on our website under Resources > RWHC Toolkits.

July 9, 2018
The June 2018 Issue of Leadership Insights Newsletter, Issue 96, "It's Hard to be Humble", by Jo Anne Preston, Workforce & Organizational Development Sr. Mgr., is available online: Click here.

June 19, 2018

"The Rural 'State of the State' in Wisconsin" byTim Size, RWHC Executive Director, Wisconsin Rural Health Conference, Elkhart Lake, WI, June 28, 2018

May 9, 2018
The long awaited report just released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid: https://go.cms.gov/2Ipm6dv

April 20, 2018
The 2018 Wipfli-RWHC Cost Champion Award selections have been announced.

The selected recipients are:

  • Cost Champion – Greg Dempsey of Fort Atkinson
  • Honorable Mention – Greg Geiselman, Rick Sauer, Lynn Dederich, Jody Cotton, Holly Halberslaben and Jennifer Ekenberg of Sauk Prairie
  • Honorable Mention – Todd Lull, Platteville

April 14, 2018

Healthcare Leadership in a Divided Country, 
by Tim Size, Executive Director, RWHC

Click to view presentation

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