Strategic Initiatives The Wisconsin Idea is founded on the principle that the university should improve people’s lives beyond the classroom. Here at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing, a key priority is to connect with the community and the greater state to improve human health through nursing science, education, and practice.

Strategic initiatives established through the School of Nursing are forging community and business partnerships to develop new ways of thinking about health promotion and patient care. Informed by the school’s education, outreach, and research missions, these efforts provide insights into community engagement, delivery of care, and care outcomes that serve individuals, families, communities, and populations across the state.

  • Center for Aging Research and Education, or CARE, focuses on critical issues regarding aging and dedicates its efforts to improving how people age. Through translation of evidence-based research and collaborations with community, industry, and government, CARE provides practical tools and resources to practicing nurses in nursing homes, hospitals, communities, and education.
  • eSchoolCare is founded on the belief that healthy children learn better. The initiative is driven by a web-based application designed to support school nurses. The aims of the project are to provide resources to school nurses so that they can be current, confident, and connected in their practice and to improve the health and educational outcomes of children so that they can be healthy in school and in learning.

  • Innovative patient/community engagement services for researchers:

    The Wisconsin Network for Research Support (WINRS) provides a suite of tailored consultation services that address a key problem for researchers–how to effectively engage patients and study participants, especially people from under-represented communities or “hard to reach” populations, in academic research programs.

    Services include:

    · Develop and deliver tailored training programs for patient/community advisory boards
    · Revise consumer-facing materials using plain language principles
    · Advise on strategies for successful recruitment and retention of study/program participants
    · Facilitate meetings with “Community Advisors on Research Design and Strategies” (CARDS)

  • Wisconsin Public Health Research Network (WPHRN) connects and encourages collaborations between public health practitioners and researchers and works to answer research questions and share findings to improve public health practice and population health.

    In addition, the WPHRN offers graduate students in nursing, public health, or related health professions the opportunity to translate evidence to practice in public health through internships at the School of Nursing