The program grew from a collaboration facilitated through CAARN between the ADRC of Portage County and UW School of Pharmacy. A growing need to continue our work in addressing fall prevention through medication management programming initiated the partnership discussions. Sessions began in Portage County and were successful. With that success, a UW Baldwin grant was written and awarded, which allowed the program to spread throughout other ADRCs in Wisconsin.
|“What a great program… best, most practical, helpful health presentation I’ve been to at the center. I visit my primary care doctor tomorrow to talk to her regarding my meds.”|
MedWise consists of a 2-session community workshop (meeting once a week for 2 weeks, 2 hours each session). The curriculum is presented by 2 trained leaders (and 1 guest Pharmacist during session #2).
Stage 1: Development and pilot testing of intervention.
Funded by: Portage County and UW-Madison School of Pharmacy.
Community Partner: Aging & Disability Resource Center of Portage County
Stage 2: Gather additional data and develop and implement leader manuals and a leader training mechanism.
Funded by: UW Madison Baldwin Award
Community Partners: ADRC of Portage County;ADRC of Calumet, Outagamie and Waupaca Counties; ADRC of Adams, Green Lake, Marquette, and Waushara Counties.
Stage 3: Randomized-Control Trial through federal funding sources. Additional community partners will be involved.
Stage 4: Ready for statewide (and future nationwide) dissemination through WI Institute for Healthy Aging.
Current status: Stage 2
Jill Renken, MPH, CHES
Community Research Associate
Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging