Two DFMCH programs received grants from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to support education. The DFMCH Rural Health Equity Track (RHET) and the Addiction Medicine Fellowship were among the recipients deemed programs that “embody the Wisconsin Idea” by Governor Tony Evers. “They are excellent models of promoting academic rigor and intellectual activities while working closely with forward-thinking community partners,” said Evers.
DFMCH Rural Health Equity Track
This award was a continuation of grant support for RHET which is based at the Belleville Clinic. Two residents in each class are on the track, and the grant will expand the number of residents in Belleville—funding one resident starting in 2020-2021 and two residents starting in 2021-2022 through the end of their training. Launched in 2018 with an initial grant award from DHS, the RHET program offers residents additional rural experiences as part of their training. They also participate in a leadership curriculum and quarterly workshop series. Past topics included farm safety, rural advocacy, and rural emergency care. In addition, residents attend national/regional rural health conferences twice during their three years in RHET and are active participants in the RHET Steering Committee and Advisory Board where they network with community partners and learn curriculum development.
DFMCH Addiction Medicine Fellowship
The Addiction Medicine Fellowship, established in 2010, will use the award to support primary care physicians in rural Wisconsin via Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Care Outcomes). The project offers free, monthly video conferences to help providers—especially those in primary care and who prescribe medication-assisted therapy—reduce the risk of opioid-related complications. The grant will also support clinical experiences for fellows at Rogers Behavioral Health in Oconomowoc and will allow the program to pursue expansion of its rural rotation to the Marshfield Clinic.
Published: November 2019