Network Partners

Thanks to our network partners! CAARN’s network partners are responsible for selecting research projects that matter to their communities and for providing input on the research project from design to dissemination. Each network partner has both a member serving on CAARN’s Executive Committee as well as a Community Research Associate (CRA). CRAs work closely with network partners to facilitate community engagement in research and ensure that community needs are met at all stages of research.

African American Health Network (AAHN) of Dane County

A non-profit organization whose mission is to foster networking among African American health professionals and community health advocates and promote health education, healthy lifestyles, self-advocacy, empowerment, and well-being among African Americans in Dane County. The AAHN has strong ties with multiple African American faith-based and other organizations in Madison.

UW Center for Community Engagement and Health Partnerships (CCEHP)

Established in Milwaukee in 2017, CCEHP aims to ensure that UW-Madison can successfully engage African American communities in research and service opportunities to reduce health disparities. CCEHP and its Community Advisory Board (CAB) provide population relevant oversight, management, and consultation for UW projects that desire to work with Milwaukee and southeast WI communities. The Center connects investigators, faculty and staff with community partners and develops relationships with community gatekeepers and leaders. It serves as a mentor for SMPH faculty and staff, assisting them with building effective, positive and lasting relationships with the community. CCEHP collaborates with churches, senior housing complexes, and the County Office on Aging.


A non-profit healthcare quality improvement organization that works with communities, providers, and insurers to address the need for system-wide innovation and evidence-based approaches across health care settings.


A community-based nonprofit that seeks to address health disparities and improve population health by ensuring care coordination services are available to address the social and health needs of the population. UniteWI’s community health workers interface with neighborhood organizations, social service agencies, and health systems in underserved neighborhoods. They host community events and focus groups to help identify community needs and readiness to adopt health behaviors and health promotion programs and provide individualized assessments, tailored services, and evidence-based practices to clientele.

Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA)

A non-profit organization based in Madison, Wisconsin that works with community organizations throughout Wisconsin’s Aging Network. WIHA’s  mission is to improve the health and well-being of older adults in Wisconsin by administering high-level evidence-based health promotion programs and building partnerships to spread healthy aging programs that help older people live longer, and live better.