About Us

Wisconsin has long been recognized as an innovator in providing programs and services to meet the changing needs of older people. To build on that tradition, the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA) – a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – was launched in 2010 to help the state’s citizens live healthier lives through evidence-based prevention programs.


Learn more about WIHA: Healthy aging from research, to practice, to people

WIHA currently houses and administers five successful evidence-based prevention programs — Living Well, a chronic disease self-management workshop; Tomando, a Spanish-language chronic disease self-management workshop; Healthy Living with Diabetes, an adaption of Living Well specifically for people with diabetes; Stepping On, a falls prevention workshop; and Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a workshop to support people who are caring for a friend or family memberr; and Walk With Ease, a physical activity program. We maintain the existing registry of Master Trainers and Leaders for these programs, monitor classes for quality and fidelity, and collect data about program outcomes. WIHA’s core functions include:


  • Developing products and services to support healthy aging through evidence-based practices
  • Serving as a focal point for education and training on evidence-based programs
  • Marketing and promoting evidence-based practices
  • Advocating for and helping shape public policy and funding decisions related to healthy aging