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.
WIHA currently houses and administers four 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 member. 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: