University of Wisconsin–Madison
Area Health Education Centers
Area Health Education Centers

Health Service Areas

Wisconsin Health Service Areas – Maps

Wisconsin AHEC has recently completed a project to map health service areas in Wisconsin. The primary objective for developing this service area geography is to facilitate local health workforce analysis. The service areas also provide a useful framework for monitoring local program outcomes related to health workforce development and population health status.

Each of the 135 service areas consists of a hub city and neighboring municipalities. With some exceptions (in northern Wisconsin and border communities) each service area has a population of at least 10,000, with most of the service area population within 30 minutes travel time of the hub city. Service areas are further identified by urban or rural type using 2010 U.S. Census data on urban density.