Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association accomplishes its mission through a wide range of activities and services to members, including:
- Information and public education — A monthly newsletter, issue briefs and other publications provide current information about issues vital to strengthening the health care safety net, where Community Health Centers play a vital role. These resources are part of our effort to involve health partners and community members in our campaign to achieve health care access for all.
- Government relations and legislative advocacy — Association staff educates policy makers at the state and federal levels and influences policy development to promote our vision of access to comprehensive, quality primary health care services for all residents of our state.
- Training and technical support, guidance and support opportunities — Training sessions, conferences, workshops, formal and informal networking meetings, regular conference calls and site visits support members in their effort to improve quality of care, learn new skills and enhance clinical and operational effectiveness.
Wisconsin HealthCorps is a joint AmeriCorps program between the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association and the Wisconsin Public Health Association, which places members in various community and public health settings to achieve these three goals:
Wisconsin HealthCorps receives funding from both the Corporation for National and Community Service and participating Host Sites. Wisconsin HealthCorps is a member of the Wisconsin National and Community Service Board.To learn more about the AmeriCorps program, visit AmeriCorps.gov.
WPHCA does two main functions to facilitate emergency preparedness in Wisconsin Health Centers. The first function is to provide training and technical assistance in individual and group settings to Health Center staff with emergency management responsibilities. The second function is to act as a liaison between statewide emergency preparedness efforts and health center emergency preparedness teams.
Health Information Quality (HIQ) and Health Information Technology (HIT)
The WPHCA Health Information Quality (HIQ) program assists our member Health Centers with their clinical quality improvement initiatives by providing them with these resources:
The program is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)
As a member service and as part of a contract with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services WPHCA submits Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA/P) designation applications to the Federal Office of Shortage Designation. As part of this contract WPHCA is responsible for conducting physician and psychiatrist surveys needed to complete the applications. This is a valuable member service as communities interested in starting an FQHC must be located in an MUA/P. Health Centers located in a HPSA may receive a number of federal and state benefits including loan repayment for their providers. More information about HPSAs and MUA/Ps.
Patient Centered Medical Home
WPHCA provides technical assistance to Health Centers on achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home
recognition primarily through coaching on systems-level quality improvement transformations.