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10th Anniversary

Celebrating Ten Years of Collaboration

Milwaukee Health Care Partnership 10-year anniversary medallion imageThe Milwaukee Health Care Partnership is a forum for collaboration; serving as a convener, catalyst, clearinghouse, broker, and advocate for improving health care for vulnerable populations. Each year, more than 100 health care leaders and providers participate in Partnership programs that are reducing fragmentation, increasing accountability and transparency — and creating a healthier future for Milwaukee.

2007:

Milwaukee health systems pool resources to create the Partnership and a Shared Community Investment Fund

2008:

Completed a Primary Care Access Study revealing a 54% gap in access to healthcare in Milwaukee’s 10 high poverty zip codes

2009:

Implemented the Emergency Department Care Coordination initiative across multiple emergency departments to connect low-income patients to primary care and reduce avoidable ED visits.

2010:

Partnered with the Public Policy Forum and other partners for the first of three community-wide studies aimed at redesigning the behavioral health care delivery system and improving access to care

2011:

Launched the Specialty Access for the Uninsured Program to create barrier-free access for uninsured patients served at Federally Qualified Health Centers and safety net clinics

2012:

Emergency Department Care Coordination study showed a 44% reduction in subsequent ED visits by patients linked to primary care medical homes

2013:

Milwaukee health systems published the first shared Community Health Needs Assessment in partnership with local health departments in Milwaukee County.

2014:

Expanded the work of the Milwaukee Enrollment Network (MKEN) – a collaboration of nearly 100 organizations working to enroll residents in Medicaid and Marketplace coverage and reduce the uninsured rate.

2015:

Community and Population Health added to the Partnership’s goals to reflect the intersection of health care with broader community concerns such as early childhood education, behavioral health and infant mortality

2016:

Recognized by the White House as the top performing metro area in the nation for Marketplace enrollment, MKEN members helped fuel a 6% increase in coverage the following enrollment period

2017:

The Shared Community Investment Fund exceeds $25 million in aligned funding toward a community-wide health improvement plan since 2007