Program Overview


The Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation is a new program offered by the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) Group at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), in collaboration with diverse statewide groups, to recognize and encourage achievements in health improvement in Wisconsin communities, and to promote cooperation across economic development and health improvement initiatives.

The health of Wisconsin has remained relatively static over the years, falling short in various health measurements with worsening health disparities and inequities. The Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation is designed to serve as a guide for communities to expand and enhance their health improvement efforts


Overarching program goals:

  1. To recognize local communities’ efforts to improve health in multiple areas such as health behaviors, clinical care, social & economic factors, and physical environment. 

  2. To encourage communities to conceptualize health improvement in this broad way, structuring their health improvement efforts accordingly.

  3. To promote cooperation across multiple sectors, including economic development and health improvement.