Health Council

An estimated 32,000 Dane County residents lack health insurance coverage including roughly 4,700 children. Without preventative care, these individuals access care at hospital emergency rooms or go untreated. When one child misses school because of a treatable illness, our whole community suffers. United Way and community partners are working to create innovative solutions aimed at tackling the underlying causes of this problem, not just putting a band-aid on the symptoms.

United Way of Dane County led the formation of a Health Council, which has united Dane County health care and government partners to create a healthier community. The focus of the Health Council’s work is on increasing access to ‚Äúprimary health care homes” and improving access to behavioral health care by integrating behavioral health services into primary care.

Health Council Members and Partners:

  • Leslie Ann Howard, United Way of Dane County
  • Frank Byrne, M.D., St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Jennifer Cheatham, Madison Metropolitan School District
  • William Greer, Journey Mental Health Center
  • Jeff Grossman, M.D., UW Medical Foundation
  • Dean Groth, Pfizer Inc.
  • Kevin Hayden, Group Health Cooperative of SC-WI
  • Janel Heinrich, Public Health Madison & Dane County
  • Donna Katen-Bahensky, UW Hospital & Clinics
  • Ken Loving, M.D., Access Community Health Centers
  • Joe Parisi, County Executive, Dane County Executive Office
  • Bobby Peterson, ABC for Health, Inc.
  • Martha Rolli, M.D., Dane County Medical Society and Mendota Mental Health Institute
  • Craig Samitt, M.D., Dean Health System
  • Paul Soglin, Mayor, City County Building
  • Eric teDuits, D.D.S, Children’s Dental Center of Madison
  • Robert Turngren, M.D., Meriter Medical Group
  • Jim Woodward, Meriter Health Services

For more information about Health Council, please contact Sandy Erickson at (608) 246-4354 or