Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: health policy

Recognizing interest among undergraduate students to gain skills for improving the U.S. healthcare system, as well as demand among employers, the La Follette School of Public Affairs is launching a Certificate in Health Policy.

What do broadband access, green spaces, and stable housing have in common? They all influence a person’s health. Together, they have a greater impact on health than medical care or health behaviors such as going to the gym. The La Follette School convened legislators and staff to discuss how these social, economic, and physical environment factors—often called social determinants of health—affect Wisconsin families’ health.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

New Faculty Focus: Christine Durrance

I chose to be in an interdisciplinary unit because I am interested in research that has the potential to change policy and thereby change outcomes. For me, this means asking research questions that matter to policymakers and communities. It also means collaborating with researchers in other disciplines and learning from one another to best answer the questions that matter to our state and our nation.

La Follette School Associate Professor Christine Durrance will participate on a WisPolitics panel discussion about possible post-election changes to healthcare at noon Thursday, Nov. 12.

Children in families characterized as minorities, those without health insurance, or those with low socioeconomic status experience less upward health mobility and greater downward health mobility relative to their more advantaged peers, according to research by La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher and Katie Jajtner, a postdoctoral associate at UW–Madison’s Center for Demography of Health and Aging.

Following 15 years as associate director of the Center for Patient Partnerships (CPP), Sarah Davis (MPA/JD ’02) was recently promoted to co-director. An interdisciplinary center based at UW–Madison, CPP works to ensure that patients influence healthcare reform so the system is responsive to their concerns.

What a difference a year has made – 10 exceptional faculty, 19 outstanding certificate program graduates, 350 dedicated health policy leaders, three enthusiastic staff, and so much more. Simply put, the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW–Madison is experiencing the most extensive growth in its 37-year history. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Austin harnesses Wisconsin Idea at DHS

Sam Austin (MIPA ’08) joined the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) as a senior policy advisor in December 2019.