Program Overview

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The regional Community Teams Program is a yearlong program that facilitates sustainable community partnerships through the development of collaborative leadership and public health skills among teams working on health improvement. Program activities include three workshops, three capacity-building site visits, and ongoing technical assistance from staff and consultants. In addition, teams participate in cross-community networking visits to advance community health improvement. Leadership Institute staff work with teams to ensure that collaborative leadership and public health skill building is responsive to individual and community needs to advance health improvement efforts.  

Tools for Taking Action

Participants build skills related to the community health improvement process through the application of rigorous toolkits and resources, including: 

  • Community Engagement: Engage multisectoral partners to address the team’s priority issues.
  • Community Health Improvement: Analyze root causes, select interventions, and plan for action to address complex community health problems. 
  • Equity Analysis: Consider opportunities to lead with and take action toward equity. 
  • Issue Cutting: Break down social problems into concrete solutions. 
  • Strategic Communications: Develop skills to effectively communicate the team’s message.
  • Sustainability: Assess and grow the team’s capacity to operationalize equity for community health improvement.

A Regional Approach

To increase shared learning across communities and reduce time and distance barriers, the Community Teams program will be offered regionally: 

  • 2015 Northwestern
  • 2016 Southwestern 
  • 2017 Northeastern 
  • 2018 Southeastern

Interactive Map of HWLI Teams

Click on the icons to see more information about each team. Large red dots are current Community Teams. Small red dots are Community Teams. Blue icons are COACH Teams.

What participants are saying

"The Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute (HWLI) has been a great experience for the East Central Health in Planning Team. As a team we have gained knowledge, skills and tools that make our work more effective and efficient. The HWLI has also strengthened relationships within our multidisciplinary team which has resulted in a greater collective impact for our region. In addition to being very responsive, HWLI staff create a fun and enjoyable learning environment where we have exponentially increased our amount of health and team building knowledge. I would highly recommend this program as a way to take your work to the next level."

-Tom Baron, East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

For more information, please contact Program Lead:
Salma Abadin
(414) 520-1951
abadin@wisc.edu