Atrium Partners

To learn more, contact:
Ashley Green
Quality Consultant
1-800-362-2320 or 1-608-274-1940, ext. 8246

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

The mission of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. We are a voluntary health organization and charged with an aggressive strategic goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20% by the year 2020.

A primary focus of our mission is research, and nationwide we have invested over $3.4 billion since we began in 1949. Our quality improvement programs help ensure heart disease and stroke patients are treated according to proven guidelines, and each year AHA trains over 13 million people in CPR, first aid, AED (defibrillator) use and advanced life support. Our public policy team focuses on a wide array of issues, from prevention to strengthening systems of care. We have three cause platforms focused on delivering health messages and public education to the masses, including MyHeart. MyLife, Go Red For Women®, Together to End Stroke.

Key resources for health care providers
The Guideline Advantage: The Guideline Advantage transforms outpatient practice data into actionable data to improve the quality of patient care. For a fee, it supports quality preventive care and disease management by aligning with the Million Hearts initiative performance measures and Uniform Data System (UDS) adult quality measure:

  • Working with data already in practices’ Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
  • Providing on-demand access to quality improvement data via a web-based platformli>
  • Offering system, practice and physician-level measure reportingli>
  • Benchmarking performance internally and externally at state and national levelsli>
  • Recognizing practices for participation and quality improvement achievement

CPR training: We offer CPR training for health care providers.
Public Policy Advocacy: Public policy advocacy on both the prevention and systems side of heart disease and stroke issues.

Key resources for patients
MyHeart. MyLife.: Healthy living platform for adults and children driving educational and awareness opportunities.

Go Red for Women: Public awareness and education to help women recognize their risk for cardiovascular disease.

Go Red Por Tu Corazon: Public education and prevention initiative targeting Latina women to engage them about their disproportionate risks for heart disease and stroke.

Hypertension Program: A public health program that engages community partners and faith organizations to provide blood pressure screening, health education and coaching/mentoring to assist participants in reaching their healthy blood pressure goals.

Power Sundays: Community outreach initiative that engages the African American faith community and community service organizations to raise awareness of the community’s and individual risks for stroke.

Public Policy Advocacy: Public policy advocacy on both the prevention and systems side of heart disease and stroke issues.

Key resources for organizations
Public Policy Advocacy: Public policy advocacy on both the prevention and systems side of heart disease and stroke issues.

Community Action Grants: These small, mini-grants, up to $5,000, are available to local nonprofits to fund community based projects that advance our health priorities.

For more information, contact:
Nicole Hudzinski, Advocacy and Government Relations Director

Katie Watkins, Director of Quality and Systems Improvements

Azure’De Williams, Health Equity Director

Katie Connolly, Community CPR Manager

Jay Matz, Director of Communications – SE Wisconsin

Lindsay Scheidell, Director of Communications – Outstate


MetaStar, Inc

MetaStar is a nonprofit quality improvement organization dedicated to ensuring the healthiest lives possible. We work with health care providers to continually improve the quality of care. We do it by being an independent, credible resource for improvement. At MetaStar, we believe health encompasses physical, mental and social well-being. We believe all health care should be patient-centered, safe, effective, timely, efficient and equitable.

MetaStar offers providers with the best, most current information in the health care field. We bring providers together to share their wisdom, collaborate and learn from one another. We offer the general public information on healthy living and how the health care system works. We are guided by the promise of how good health care can be.

Key resources for health care providers
MetaStar coordinates a Cardiac Population Health Learning and Action Network (LAN), a three-year collaborative initiative to standardize, sustain, and spread improvements in the delivery of cardiovascular health services. We support the initiative at the community level by convening a network of physician office teams and stakeholders to actively address cardiovascular risk. We offer technical assistance, education, and opportunities to share best practices.

For more information, contact:
Ashley Green
Quality Consultant, MetaStar
Desk: (608) 441-8246
Fax: (608) 274-5008

Progressive Community Health Centers

Progressive Community Health Centers (Progressive CHC) provides comprehensive, high-quality medical and dental care to underserved and uninsured populations in Milwaukee’s central city. We work to improve the health and quality of life of our community by providing complete, compassionate and coordinated care. Our services consist of family medicine, internal medicine, women’s health, and oral health. A majority of our patients are African American (75 percent) and close to 70 percent live in poverty. In 2012, we provided care to over 7,600 patients, accounting for more than 21,000 total medical visits. Ninety-three percent of those patients were either uninsured or insured through Medicaid/Medicare. No one is ever turned away from our clinics based on their ability to pay.

Key resources for patients
We are in the midst of a clinical trial related to improving hypertension control in African Americans. The community academic partnership “Health is Your Wealth: Focus on Hypertension” is funded by a grant from the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program. The overall goal of the project is to develop, implement and evaluate a portable, cost-effective hypertension control strategy in a primary care setting that is culturally appropriate and based in evidence. Oversight of the project is led by a community advisory board and a clinical research council. Participants include current patients at Progressive CHC who have been identified as having uncontrolled hypertension (˃140/90 mmHg). Patients are selected randomly to participate in cohorts of 15-20 people. The cohort meets monthly for a period of six months to discuss specific topics related to hypertension including: the basics of blood pressure, healthy diet, physical activity, smoking cessation, cholesterol, and healthy weight. Each session is led by an expert clinician, followed by group discussion and live demonstrations. Participants are also charged with creating weekly action plans to foster healthy lifestyle changes. A community health worker follows-up with each participant on a weekly basis to provide support and answer any questions the patient may have. The intervention is supplementary to any routine primary care and medication management. Incentives are also offered throughout the course of the program, including a $50 gift card for those who successfully complete five out of the six sessions.

For more information, contact:
Lisbon Avenue Health Center
3522 W. Lisbon Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53208
(414) 935-8000

Hillside Family Health Center
1452 N. 7th Street, 2nd Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53205
(414) 935-8000

Vibrant Health Family Clinics

We have been selected as one of only two clinics in the nation for measurably-better hypertension control. We work with the Million Hearts program and speak regularly on how team-based care can help clinics provide measurably better quality for their patients.

We were also selected by Robert Wood Johnson to participate in a primary care redesign project because of our work in team-based care.

We relentlessly look for new opportunities to improve the care we deliver to our patients. We believe it’s equally important to measure what we do to help heal, but also help prevent disease.

For more information, contact:
Chris Tashjian, MD
1687 East Division Street
River Falls, Wisconsin 54022

Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ)

Founded in 2003, the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) is a voluntary, non-profit (501c3) consortium of organizations committed to using the public reporting of comparative measures of performance to catalyze improvements in the quality and affordability of healthcare, as well as the health status of individuals and communities, in Wisconsin. Additionally, WCHQ designs and facilitates collaborative learning sessions to promote the active sharing of “best practices” in an effort to elevate and accelerate improvement across the state.  The WCHQ membership – including health systems, medical groups, hospitals, and clinics – collectively represents 65 percent of physicians in Wisconsin.

Key resources for health care providers
WCHQ has developed toolkits presenting evidence-based strategies and a variety of supporting resources that healthcare provider organizations can use to improve care and outcomes in three areas: colorectal cancer screening, diabetes blood sugar control, and hypertension blood pressure control.

For more information, contact:
Theresa Mees
Chief Operating Officer
PO Box 628578 / 7974 UW Health Court
Middleton, WI 53562

Wisconsin Heart Disease and Stroke Alliance

The Heart Disease and Stroke Alliance (Alliance) is an independent coalition of healthcare providers, professionals, healthcare and community organizations, industry partners and public health representatives who share a commitment to reduce heart disease and stroke in Wisconsin.

With inspiration from the Wisconsin Plan for Heart Disease and Stroke 2010-2015 (PDF, 2 MB) and the Million Hearts Initiative, Alliance members collaborate on projects to advance prevention, screening and treatment of heart disease and stroke. Meetings provide a forum to share clinical best and promising practices, learn from a diverse group of stakeholders and access tools and resources beneficial to disease prevention and management. The Alliance welcomes additional organizational partners who are interested in sharing their experience, training, passion and resources to improve cardiovascular health and healthcare.

Key resources for health care providers
Alliance meetings feature presentations on prevention and treatment of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and stroke, and implementation of medical home and chronic care models. Past topics include medication therapy management, the role of community health workers, quality improvement projects and effective use of electronic medical records.

Key resources for patients
Alliance members share patient education tools such as videos on high blood pressure, stroke, cholesterol and heart attack (DHS) and a mobile app, Heart Health Mobile (Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation), used to calculate risk factors.

Key resources for organizations
The Alliance offers electronic email alerts with information such as CDC news releases, clinical articles, professional education and grant funding opportunities.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Richard Dart, HDSA Alliance Chair and Emeritus Researcher, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation
(715) 389-4011


Wisconsin Nurses Association

The mission of the Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA) is to advance our profession to improve health for Wisconsin. We focus our efforts on Wisconsin’s Registered Nurse workforce and through the following activities: education, workforce advocacy, leadership, research, practice and quality, and advocacy.

WNA collaborates with other organizations to support policies, disseminate information and provide best-practices through clinical education offerings to the nursing community on a variety of health related topics including heart disease and stroke.

For more information, contact:
Gina Dennik-Champion
Executive Director
6117 Monona Drive, Suite 1
Monona, WI 53716