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 undergraduate and graduate 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.

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.

“I participated in one of the week-long programs in Wood and Clark Counties with the Amish and Mennonite communities and it was amazing! I still refer to what I learned in this program all the time. I highly recommend this program!” –Past WI Express Participant

Winter 2022 Virtual WI Express
January 10-14, 2022

Take a virtual tour around the state of Wisconsin and explore the unique cultures and communities of each of our seven regions. Connect with community leaders and fellow health professions students from around Wisconsin in an engaging live virtual format.

Topics in the Winter 2022 Virtual Program include:

  • Cultural Safety
  • Indigenous Culture and Health
  • Homelessness
  • Hmong Culture and Health Practices
  • Incarceration
  • Behavioral Health and African Americans
  • Hispanic/Immigrant Populations

Program fee: $25 (fee is waived for AHEC Scholars)

Program times: The program will run 9:00am-3:30pm January 10-14, 2022.

Applications have closed for Winter 2022

Credit Option
January 10-30, 2022
New this year is the option to incorporate the WI Express program into a one-credit course offered through UW-Madison. In addition to the core program, the course includes a number of assignments designed to reflect and expand on your experience.

Additional information:

  • Taking this credit is required for UW-Madison Global Health students to count WI Express as their field experience
  • Junior or Senior standing or graduate-level required to take the course for credit
  • Accepted students will be given permission to enroll in the course
  • Credit counts toward spring semester 2022 course load
  • UW-Madison spring 2022 tuition rates apply
  • Students at universities outside of UW-Madison have the responsibility of determining how to transfer credit back to their home institution
  • All coursework is administered through Canvas, an online digital learning environment
  • The course includes the core WI Express program from Jan 10-14 and an additional two weeks of asynchronous work with assignment deadlines through January 30th (live attendance is required Jan 10-14, but there will be no additional live instruction Jan 15-30)

Spring Break 2022 Virtual WI Express

Latinx Community | Virtual
March 14-17, 2022

Participants gain opportunities to explore health disparities locally and globally while learning about health care programs and services available. Focusing on the Latinx community; unearthing barriers this population faces in rural and urban areas and gaining a deeper understanding of the Latinx culture, history and traditions. Available spots: 25

Gerontology | Virtual
March 14-16, 2022

Northwest Wisconsin is aging at rates faster than most of the country and the state of Wisconsin due to ‘Brain Drain’ and retirees moving to the region. This site will explore gerontology, dementia care and their careers and services associated with this demographic. Available spots: 20

Aging, Veterans, and Chronic Illness | Virtual
March 20-23, 2022

This session will focus on caring for an elderly population, many of whom are veterans, have mental health disorders, or have chronic diseases. Students will interact with hospitals/clinics, public health departments, aging and disability resource centers, nursing homes, and mental health/rehabilitation facilities. Students will also learn about the impact of an aging health care workforce and the ever-growing need for health care professionals in rural and underserved areas. Available spots: 30

Participation fee is $25 (fee is waived for AHEC Scholars)

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION
Applications will close at 11:59pm CT January 26, 2022

Credit Option
March 7-April 17

We are offering a one-credit online course open to all students participating in this program. The course will be administered through UW-Madison. Additional assignments will be given in addition to the regular WI Express programming to meet the 45-hour requirement for a credit.

Additional information:

  • Taking this credit is required for UW-Madison Global Health students to count WI Express as their field experience
  • Junior or Senior standing or graduate-level required to take the course for credit
  • Accepted students will be given permission to enroll in the course
  • Credit counts toward spring semester 2022 course load
  • UW-Madison spring 2022 tuition rates apply
  • Students at universities outside of UW-Madison need to apply to be a UW-Madison special student and have the responsibility of determining how to transfer credit back to their home institution
  • All coursework is administered through Canvas, an online digital learning environment
  • The course includes the core WI Express program (March 13-17, March 14-16, or March 20-23) and an additional five asynchronous weeks with assignment deadlines through April 17th

More information to come! Applications for Summer 2022 WI Express will open February 2022.

CONTACT

AHEC Program Manager, Katie Freeman
kmfreeman2@wisc.edu