Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH)

Internship Location: Remote

Organization Type: University/Academia

Policy Areas: Population and Community Health Policy

The Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) is a program within the Population Health Institute. Programs and resources deployed by MATCH support strategic community-driven efforts to ensure that all people have a fair chance to be healthy in their homes, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods. MATCH aims to change practice, focus priorities, and shift power to support health equity through training, engaged research and development, and alliances for shared action. I worked with the Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellowship. The Fellowship is a two-year service and training program designed for early career individuals in public health. Fellows are placed in community, non-profit, governmental, and/or health service organizations throughout Wisconsin. Fellowship curriculum is focused on health equity and collaborative leadership so that Fellows leave the program with a health equity lens applied to their practice. Fellows also develop tangible skills in public health programming and management. In addition to a placement site, each Fellow is also paired with a preceptor. As leaders in public health, preceptors mentor Fellows as they discover their interests, strengths, and opportunities for growth. The Fellowship partners with the University of Wisconsin Preventive Medicine Residency. The Preventive Medicine Residency trains physicians in public health and general preventive medicine while focusing on health promotion and disease prevention in communities.