The Medical College of Wisconsin Awards $4.5 Million for 12 Community Health Projects

Oct. 31, 2012

The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP) will fund 12 new community health projects totaling $4.5 million.

Four impact awards will receive approximately $750,000 each over five years and eight development awards will receive approximately $200,000 each over two years. Projects are selected for funding through a rigorous process led by the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Consortium on Public and Community Health, comprised of MCW and public members.

“These twelve projects represent new and innovative methods for approaching public health improvement as well as expansion of best practices created through previous community-academic partnerships,” said Syed M. Ahmed, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.PH, F.A.A.F.P., senior associate dean for Community Engagement and director of the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program.

Impact awards aim to implement health promotion and disease prevention programs targeting a range of diverse health needs. One of this year’s impact projects provides mental health support for veterans, while another grant helps create healthy schools to reduce obesity. Of the eight development awards aimed at program planning and pilot projects, one award focuses on integrating hunger relief and health care efforts to better manage care and nutrition for diabetes patients who are uninsured or underinsured.

“The MCW Consortium on Public and Community Health endorses the new projects funded by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program as part of MCW’s commitment to improve the quality of health throughout Wisconsin,” said Cheryl A. Maurana, Ph.D., director of Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin and an MCW Consortium member.

HWPP is one of three programs within the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment created by funds generated from Blue Cross & Blue Shield United of Wisconsin’s conversion to a for-profit corporation. HWPP awards grants to partnerships between academics and community health and non-profit organizations for urban, rural and statewide health improvement projects in Wisconsin.

Since 2004, HWPP has invested $43.8 million in more than 140 community-academic health improvement projects, including $9.3 million for the Violence Prevention Initiative. For more information on individual projects, please see the list below or visit HWPP’s website:



DryHootch iPeer: A Social & Technology Support Program for Veteran Mental Health
County: Milwaukee
Goal: Improve access to trained peer mentor support for veterans at risk for mental health problems on college campuses using face-to-face and smartphone interventions.

Healthy Environments, Healthy Choices, Healthier People
County: La Crosse
Goal: Create school environments which support healthy lifestyle choices to reduce obesity risk over the lifespan through policy change, training, education and increased community understanding of obesity prevention practices.

romoting Healthy Relationships Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Youth
Goal: The goal of this project is to promote healthy relationship behaviors among LGBT youth in Wisconsin (ages 14-24) to decrease their risk of intimate partner dating violence.

Specialty Access for Uninsured Program in Milwaukee County
County: Milwaukee
Goal: Ensure timely, clinically appropriate, managed access to specialty care for low-income, uninsured adults in Milwaukee County through the structured model pairing safety net clinics and health systems.


A Social Network Approach for Health and Safety among Rural Intimate Partner Violence Survivors
Counties: Outagamie, Calumet and Winnebago
Goal: Improve health and safety among rural women who are survivors of intimate partner violence by building upon an existing social network of rural women and targeted programming designed to support wellness and self-care.

Diabetes: Working Wellness in Waukesha – Together
County: Waukesha
Goal: To develop an integrated model between community hunger relief resources and health care systems to ensure consistent quality care for uninsured or underinsured people with diabetes in Waukesha County.

Fostering Futures
Goal: Develop a plan to translate scientific evidence about adverse childhood experiences, trauma-informed care and resiliency into practice in systems of care impacting Wisconsin children and families receiving child welfare services.

Improving Access to Prenatal Oral Healthcare: Strategies and Sustainability
County: Milwaukee
Goal: Understand how improved access to dental treatment affects the oral-health knowledge and behavior of at-risk pregnant women.

One Hundred Healthy, At-Risk Families
County: Milwaukee
Goal: This initiative prepares a network of pastors, nurses, at-risk seniors and their care support workers across ten urban Milwaukee church communities to sustain the safety, health and stability of 100 at-risk parishioner families.

Impacting Positive Youth Development in Rusk County Through Prevention and Intervention
County: Rusk
Goal: This project explores the feasibility of developing: 1) a comprehensive, evidence-based prevention program, and 2) intervention strategies to address Rusk County youth behavioral health and substance use issues.

Promoting Healthy Body Weight among African-American Women through a Community Participatory Model
County: Milwaukee
Goal: This project will bring together partners from the target Lindsay Heights neighborhood, MCW, Marquette University and the Bread of Healing Clinic to promote healthy body weight among African American females through a community based participatory model.

The Sisters Project: Helping Women Exit the Violence of Prostitution
County: Milwaukee
Goal: The Sisters Project aims to prevent violence against women involved in Milwaukee's sex trade by developing an action plan that integrates local and national best practices in prostitution intervention strategies.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.

Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Wauwatosa firefighters captured on video battling car flames 04:02 PM

» German retailer VOM FASS opens at Mayfair Mall 03:00 PM

» Updated rankings of area prep boys and girls basketball teams and players 12:10 PM

» Wauwatosa man involved in fatal Dane County crash 10:29 AM

» Stone Creek Coffee looks to open Harwood Avenue location in Tosa 09:47 AM

» 10-year-old girl dies after freeway crash in Dane County 11/25

» Wauwatosa unveils convenient, affordable water online water bill payment options 11/25

» Wauwatosa East girls basketball team uses big second half to beat Wisconsin Lutheran 11/25

» Plenty of positives in Wauwatosa West girls' basketball loss to Kettle Moraine 11/25

» Wauwatosa East boys basketball team could battle for GMC title 11/25

» Wauwatosa West swimming team has bright future with talented underclassmen on the rise 11/25

» MacGillis, Barkow share Wauwatosa West boys volleyball MVP honors 11/25

» Wauwatosa West boys basketball team looks for improvement 11/25

» Sports Notes: Nov. 26, 2015 11/25

» Wauwatosa East volleyball season has solid season despite just missing another trip to state 11/25

» Wauwatosa Hurricanes return three state qualifiers — Danny Larson, Cal Hartt, Avery Weishoff 11/25

» Milwaukee County Zoo celebrates first birthday of young gorilla 11/24

» Wauwatosa stores set Thanksgiving, Black Friday hours 11/23

» Tosa's city health department earns national accreditation 11/23

» Free screening of 'Most Likely to Succeed' held Dec. 1 11/23

» Wauwatosa stores launch Small Business Saturday event 11/20

» Updated state championship game rankings of area prep football teams and players 11/19

» Wauwatosa dealership taking 'extra precautions' after four vehicles were stolen Updated:  11/19

» Wauwatosa East girls basketball team has plenty of experience returning 11/18

» Wauwatosa East's Potter earns two team cross-country awards 11/18

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss



Hidden Tosa


"Hidden Tosa" is a semi-regular feature where reporters Rory Linnane or Rachel Minske explore the closed down and closed off parts of Wauwatosa.


Local Business Directory