Health & Well-Being

Extension’s Health & Well-Being Institute works to catalyze positive change in Wisconsin communities to promote health and well-being. Our research-based programs are focused on food and nutrition security, chronic disease prevention, mental health promotion, substance use prevention, and access to health care. Rooted in both urban and rural communities, we’re working together to help solve the state’s most pressing well-being needs and to ensure that all Wisconsinites have the opportunity to live stronger, healthier lives.

Health & Well-Being Programs

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Behavioral Health

Working with local leaders to create healthier communities by building community skills, tools and resources to promote health

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Center for Patient Partnerships

We do and teach health advocacy to make health care work better for everyone.

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Covering Wisconsin

Connecting Wisconsin residents with health insurance and other programs that support health.

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Healthy Eating & Active Living

Helping communities provide accessible and safe physical activity spaces and food sources

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Providing nutrition education to advance healthy eating habits and active lifestyles for families with limited incomes

Did You Know

Did you know that we:

  • Help limited income residents make healthy food choices and live active lifestyles through our FoodWIse program (check your local office for available programming)
  • Support food pantries in expanding access to safe and healthy foods
  • Provide data to visualize food access and food security infrastructure in Wisconsin
  • Work with local health coalitions to access data and evidence-based resources to improve community health for all
  • Empower youth to identify and take action on community health issues



Responding to COVID-19

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Find Your Local Office

Extension experts live and work in the communities they serve. Our team offers insight and solutions based on a deep understanding of local needs and priorities.

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A Part of the Youth, Family & Health Program Area


Extension’s research and outreach improves the lives of Wisconsinites through action, education and community partnerships. We set rural and urban communities up to thrive by supporting their economic development and organizational and leadership development. We show individuals how to build financial capability and encourage them toward the most nourishing health habits.

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Amber Canto is the Director for the Extension Institute for Health & Well-Being. In her role, she provides administrative and programmatic leadership for community-based health promotion programs across multiple issue areas including healthy eating, active living and behavioral health throughout the lifespan.

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