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Wisconsin's Trauma Care System is located in the Bureau of Communicable Diseases and Emergency Response (BCDER),  Division of Public Health, Department of Health Services. Wisconsin Statute Chapter DHS 118 (Trauma Care) (exit DHS) provides the authority for the Department of Health Services to develop and implement a statewide trauma care system. The departmental lead for the program is the State Trauma Coordinator.

In July of 2009, the Department of Health Services (DHS) restructured several program areas in an effort to improve the coordination and communication across program areas with common interests or populations. Placement of these program areas within the same bureau facilitates integrated grant funding and planning.  It is designed to promote synergy with program integration and collaboration related to the daily management of injured patients, disaster, mass casualty, and surge capacity planning.

As a result of the reorganization, the Trauma Care System, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) and Public and Hospital Preparedness programs were strategically located within the Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Public Health (DPH), in the Bureau of Communicable Diseases and Emergency Response (BCDER). 

Financial support for Trauma and EMS programming is funded from state tax revenue.  The ASPR Hospital Preparedness Program (exit DHS) provides financial support to improve the integration of disaster response capabilities in the state. The Emergency Services for Children programming is funded through the HRSA EMSC Partnership Grant (exit DHS)

For more information on the State Trauma Program, contact the State Trauma Coordinator.

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Last Revised: June 30, 2014