UW Health offers patients a special kind of care; one that builds on collaborations between the care providers at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics and the physician-scientists at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Whether you wish to support programs and services for patients and their families, or shape the future by supporting the ongoing research that seeks to unravel the science behind disease, your gift can make a significant difference in the lives of many.
Models of Patient Care
In 2001, in an effort to improve access to quality dementia diagnostic services, Dr. Mark Sager led the WAI to develop a program to train physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals on the standardized assessment and care of persons with memory complaints. These efforts led to the gradual development of a statewide network of 35 WAI Dementia Diagnostic Clinics serving older adults in rural, underserved areas as well as in African American and Latino communities in Milwaukee. Each WAI Dementia Diagnostic Clinic has a core multidisciplinary team and follows a standardized approach to dementia diagnosis. These diverse clinics provide quality care to more than 1,600 new patients annually and function within a wide variety of healthcare systems. This network also provides invaluable data on patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The data and feedback from these partner clinics enables us to create replicable models of care that can be implemented through the state and beyond to ensure patients are receiving the best level of care regardless of where they reside while simultaneously growing a well-equipped clinical workforce trained to work with patients with dementia.
In order to achieve our goals, the UW is looking to identify philanthropic support to do the following:
- Increase the dementia clinics by two per year and improve clinical capacity of these clinics in order to increase access to quality care for patients and families effected by dementia
- Develop research infrastructure to launch a successful health services research program
- Support advanced fellowship training for clinicians in dementia clinic research and externships for medical students to gain early exposure and training in optimal care of those with dementia
- Provide professional education conferences biannually to healthcare providers with the goal of administering the best dementia care wherever they reside
- Train, develop, and conduct early research for junior faculty and fellows in models of care
- Fund innovative studies involving the effects of social and environmental factors on risk and resilience of developing Alzheimer’s disease
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