Undergraduate Students

Resource Navigator Program

The Center offers learning opportunities to undergraduates through our Resource Navigator Program.

Students work out of Wingra Family Medical Center and Northeast Family Medical Center, partnering with patients to identify social service and legal, assist patients in connecting to needed resources, follow up with patients to be sure that the connection was made and evaluate the quality of the resources provided.


Fall 2020 applications are now closed. Applications for Spring 2021 will be posted at a later date.

All students begin the program by enrolling in Legal Studies 400 – Understanding the Impact of Social and Legal Issues on Health, a service-learning course that engages students in direct work with patients while developing a fulsome understanding of how social determinants of health affect peoples’ lives. Through a weekly seminar, students will reflect on their experiences in the clinic and further explore how social location impacts health, legal and social service delivery.

Credit: 3 credits
Placement sites: Wingra Family Medical Center(Park Street) or Northeast Family Medical Center(Dryden Drive)
In clinic hours: 6 hours per week
Weekly seminar: Mondays 3:30 – 5:00 PM.

The course fulfills the Global Health Certificate field placement requirement.

Students must complete an application for the course and, once accepted, need to complete all UW Health Volunteer requirements prior to the start of the semester. The online application can be found here

Once students complete the course they may continue in the program as a volunteer in future semesters. On average, students participate in the program for 2 additional semesters.

For questions, email Lane Hanson, lane@patientpartnerships.org

Summer 2020 Opportunity for New Resource Navigators selection process is now closed.

  • Enroll in Legal Studies 694, 3 credits
  • 30 hours a week of internship experience in the clinics
  • Must have Junior standing this summer.
  • Need to complete all UW Health Volunteer requirements prior to the end of the spring 2020 semester.
  • See the full timeline and list of criminal justice/legal studies requirements here

There is a potential for financial assistance to offset the tuition costs to enroll in this course. If you are interested in that option please email: lane@patientpartnerships.org.


Community Resource Navigator Program, Center for Patient Partnerships

The mission of the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Patient Partnerships is to engender effective partnerships among people seeking healthcare, people providing healthcare, and people making policies that guide the healthcare system. Through the Community Resource Navigator Program, UW Madison undergraduate students work as Resource Navigators in two local medical clinics. In this role students partner with patients to identify health harming social and legal needs, assist patients in connecting to social and legal community resources, follow up with patients to be sure that the connection was made and evaluate the quality of the resources provided. Throughout this experience students will: 1) learn about the important links between social/legal needs and health, 2) interact directly with patients to help them meet their needs, 3) develop direct advocacy skills. In order to participate students must complete all UW Health Volunteer requirements prior to starting in the clinics.

For questions, email Lane Hanson, lane@patientpartnerships.org



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