Summer 2022 WI Express

Learn about healthcare innovations and challenges in Wisconsin communities with this multi-day immersion experiences for college students! The Wisconsin Express 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. Learn more about Wisconsin Express. 

In Summer 2022, we welcome the return of our in-person WI Express program! Experience communities in Wisconsin and learn firsthand from community members and health practitioners in these multi-day, immersive excursions. Additional details below program descriptions.

Deadline: April 3rd at 11:59pm

Midwifery, Rural Communities & Native Americans | Ashland
May 15-19, 2022 (arrive evening of 15th)
See a wide variety of rural health care settings, including women’s health, midwifery, acute care, public health, tribal clinics, and others. You will also hear presentations from a diverse group of practitioners as they discuss the challenges and rewards of working in rural health in far northern Wisconsin, as well as culturally appropriate care for Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) populations. Available spots: 10

Indigenous Communities & Cultures | Northwoods
May 15-18, 2022
Become immersed in Wisconsin’s indigenous communities and cultures by exploring health care and public health care delivery in rural areas, health-related tribal policy, and social determinants of health/prosperity. During the three-day session, hear from content-expert presenters from different tribes in Wisconsin and other local community organizations, all while learning with and from fellow students in differing health professions programs. Available spots: 12

Native American, Hispanic, & Vulnerable Populations | Green Bay
May 22-27, 2022 (arrive evening of 22nd)
See health from the perspective of Native American cultures (i.e., Oneida nation), the Hispanic community, and challenges of vulnerable populations including homeless and uninsured. Small group activities include interactions with providers serving these diverse populations, as well as a service-learning opportunity. Available spots: 6

Incarceration | Lancaster
May 22-27, 2022 (arrive evening of 22nd)
Explore incarceration healthcare first-hand through visits to maximum and minimum state prisons and county jail. In addition, you will get to know rural Grant and Crawford counties and the effect of their income and geography on health and access to healthcare. Throughout the week, you will hear from community members, healthcare practitioners, and public health professionals. Available spots: 6

Rural & Underserved Communities | Monroe County
May 22-27, 2022 (arrive evening of 22nd)
Gain knowledge about the unique barriers faced by rural, underserved communities across Monroe County by engaging with organizations serving Amish, Hispanic, homeless, refugee, uninsured/underinsured, and veteran populations. Learn how social determinants of health, interprofessional collaboration, and cultural awareness impact the work of rural professionals through a public health lens. Available spots: 6

Urban Communities | Milwaukee
May 22-27, 2022 (arrive evening of 22nd)
Learn about Milwaukee’s Latino, African American, and Hmong communities as you explore health care disparities and meet providers working to address these disparities. Visit a variety of health care settings and community organizations to examine topics such as poverty, lack of access to health care, homelessness, language barriers, and AODA issues. Available spots: 12

Latinx Community | Beloit
May 23-26, 2022
Explore health disparities locally and globally while learning about health care programs and services available. Focusing on the Latinx community, we unearth barriers this population faces in rural and urban areas and gain a deeper understanding of the Latinx culture, history, and traditions. Available spots: 6

Muslim Community | Appleton
May 23-27, 2022
Learn about Muslim culture and religious requirements in health care settings, including physical, nutritional, communication, health, gender-based, and end-of-life needs. Activities include trying traditional foods, visiting a halal grocery store, attending a religious service at the Islamic Center of Wisconsin, and sharing your questions with our partners in the Muslim community. Available spots: 12

Aging, Veterans, & Chronic Illness and Clark County Amish/Mennonite Cultures | VIRTUAL
May 22-25, 2022 (begin evening of 22nd)
This three-day online cultural immersion focuses on both Aging, Veterans and Chronic Illness populations as well as the Amish/Mennonite communities of rural Clark County. Explore the unique needs of these communities, learn from health professionals and consumers alike who provide first-hand knowledge of their experiences, and take part in interdisciplinary discussions about cultural considerations and service delivery. Hear from a wide range of health professionals and researchers from aging and disability centers, health systems, veteran services, educational institutions, rural agricultural programs, public health, and alternative health services accessed by rural and underserved populations. Available spots: 25


  • The program fee is $150 for in-person session, which includes housing, most meals, and transportation between locations during the program. The program fee for the virtual session is $25.
  • Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the session’s location. Carpooling with other participants is common.
  • As we work with vulnerable populations, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all sessions of this program except for the one virtual session. Some partner sites may require you to show your vaccination card or official immunization registry record. Some partner sites may additionally require that you take a COVID-19 rapid test prior to entering the facility.

Credit Option:
May 16-June 12

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.
  • Accepted students will be given permission to enroll in NUTR SCI 421.
  • Credit counts toward Summer 2022 course load.
  • UW-Madison Summer 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 a WI Express session during the weeks of May 15th or May 22nd and an additional three asynchronous weeks with assignment deadlines through June 12th.

This post was authored by Academic Affairs on 02/25/2022.