Wisconsin Partnership Awards $3.6 Million in Community Grants
Madison, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Partnership Program has pledged $3.65 million to 16 projects aimed at making Wisconsin communities healthier.
Efforts include projects focused on screening and referral in high schools for alcohol misuse among teens, multi-level approaches to increased physical activity in a rural county, and integrating care for women and children residing in homeless shelters.
Since the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health launched the partnership in 2004, it has awarded nearly $48 million in community grants through its Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC).
These projects combine the unique skills and practical experience of community groups, non-profit organizations with those of university faculty and staff from around the state.
At its December meeting, the Oversight and Advisory Committee approved 11 implementation grants. These new grants, ranging from $150,000 to $400,000, include projects to:
- Implement computerized screening on risky behaviors such as binge drinking and smoking at six southeastern Wisconsin high schools that do not have in-school medical clinics
- Expand wellness programming as part of Milwaukee Health Services’ Memory Clinic – serving African-American elders with dementia and developed in collaboration with the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute
- Reduce obesity in Oneida County with evidence-based practices such as worksite wellness programs, garden-based nutrition, promoting walking and other community health campaigns
- Create a bilingual program in Milwaukee to help families build physical activity into daily family routines and select healthful food without increasing the grocery budget.
The Oversight and Advisory Committee also awarded development grants to five community-academic partnerships statewide. The new development grants of up to $50,000 include pilot projects to:
- Launch and evaluate a Lifestyle Initiative for Fitness Empowerment (LIFE) program in the community of Cross Plains to improve health by improving nutrition and increasing physical activity
- Develop a coalition to use recent community needs assessments for action planning to improve accessibility to nutritious foods for all Eau Claire County residents
- Develop a model school-district policy to reduce discrimination and improve social cohesion, educational and health outcomes for transgender and gender non-conforming youth in Wisconsin public schools.
The Wisconsin Partnership Program’s endowment resulted from the conversion of Blue Cross/Blue Shield United of Wisconsin to a for-profit corporation. It is charged with improving the health of the people in Wisconsin.
Date Published: 12/20/2013