Wisconsin Express

In partnership with communities across the state, AHEC has coordinated the award-winning Wisconsin Express program since the mid 1990s. This program gives health professions students a unique opportunity to become immersed in Wisconsin’s diverse communities and cultures, while they explore health care delivery and public health in medically underserved areas, learning with and from students in other disciplines.

WI Express Program Syllabus

We are offering 15 WI Express program opportunities throughout winter, spring, and summer breaks during the 2020 – 21 year. Students may apply using the link we’ll post on this webpage starting on November 15, 2020.

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Program Description

A one-week cultural immersion experience designed to give health professions students an opportunity to study firsthand the diverse local and regional healthcare innovations and challenges in Wisconsin communities. Multidisciplinary groups of 6-12 students explore the region’s cultural diversity and healthcare, developing strategies for intercultural and interprofessional effectiveness in healthcare practice. Throughout the week, participants have opportunities to reflect on and evaluate their experiences.

Student Profile

This program is best suited for undergraduate and graduate students in any degree program or health profession degree program.

Core Topic Areas

This program emphasizes the following Core Topic Areas:

  • Interprofessional Education Supports a coordinated, patient-centered model of health care that involves an understanding of the contributions of multiple health care professionals (also known as interdisciplinary training).
  • Social Determinants of Health Includes the five key areas (determinants) of economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care, and neighborhood and built environment, and their impact on health.
  • Cultural Competency Seeks to improve individual health and build healthy communities by training health care providers to recognize and address the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities.


Statewide Coordinator, Brittany Thompson