The Wisconsin Partnership Program's Community-Academic Partnership Fund awarded the following types of grants in 2011: Implementation Grants, Development and Small Implementation Grants.

Implementation Grants (Up to $400,000 for up to three years)

Bring Awareness to Produce Real Change: A Unified Statewide Strategy for Reducing and Preventing Risky Alcohol Use in Wisconsin (Statewide)

  • Community Partner: Health First Wisconsin (formerly Smoke Free Wisconsin), Maureen Busalacchi
  • Academic Partner: Richard L. Brown, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Family Medicine

Building on an established collaborative framework currently in progress in the State, this project takes the next steps to support a unified strategy for reducing and preventing risky alcohol by engaging in activities to shift the social norms that condone excess drinking. Statewide partners will determine and highlight the economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption by creating a "burden of alcohol" report with local and statewide data.

Bringing Healthy Aging to Scale: Improving Wisconsin's Capacity to Implement and Sustain Evidence-Based Prevention Programs for Older Adults (Statewide - Rural)

  • Community Partner: Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources and Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, Betsy J. Abramson
  • Academic Partner: Jane Mahoney, MD, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Medicine (geriatrics)

The project seeks to increase the ability of rural counties to implement and sustain Stepping On and Living Well, two evidence-based programs aimed at preventing falls in older adults. This project will be conducted in collaboration with NIATx, a process improvement program in the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies, a research center in the Department of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin.

Harvest of the Month Partnership (La Crosse)

  • Community Partner: Linda Lee, La Crosse County Health Department
  • Academic Partner: Kirsten Siemering, DrPH, RD, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Population Health Sciences

Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption among children and adults is a key strategy in reducing overweight and obesity in La Crosse County. This partnership will build on earlier community efforts to promote healthier eating habits by taking a more comprehensive approach to effect system and environmental change at local worksites, schools and grocery stores.

Increasing Cultural Congruence Among Nurses in Wisconsin (Tribal Communities)

  • Community Partner: Brian Jackson, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc.
  • Academic Partners: Audrey Tlucek, UW-Madison School of Nursing; Charlanne Fitzgerald, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Population Health Sciences; Alton Smart, UW-Stevens Point

This project aims to increase the cultural competence skills in nurses working with American Indian patients in or near Wisconsin tribal communities using a two-pronged approach: providing cultural competence skills training to nurses working in health care facilities in targeted communities and increasing the number of American Indian students entering nursing programs.

Preserving Infant and Child Health (Statewide)

  • Community Partner: Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin, Karen Ordinans
  • Academic Partners: Timothy E. Corden, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Population Health Sciences, and Emmanuel Ngui, Zilber School of Public Health at UW-Milwaukee

An extension of the successful work started with a 2007 implementation grant, this grant aims to expand the current fetal and child death review systems using the public health approach, including expanded data collection, improved data quality, modeling of best practice prevention efforts based on risk factor findings, and collaboration on a coordinated system.

Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Network (Statewide)

  • Community Partner: Wisconsin Partnership for Activity and Nutrition (WI PAN), Susan Nitzke
  • Academic Partner: Dale Schoeller, UW-Madison, Department of Nutrition Sciences

Establishing the Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Network will provide power and immediacy to confront the emerging obesity epidemic in Wisconsin. A coordinated network of researchers, public health professionals, local public health coalitions, and public policy advocates will finalize a plan for establishing a multidisciplinary obesity prevention research center.

Development and Small Implementation Grants (up to $50,000 for up two years)

Cashton Community Wellness Program (Monroe County)

  • Community Partner: Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers, Inc., Amy Schanhofer
  • Academic Partner: Will Cronin, MPA, UW-Extension, Monroe County

Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center and the Cashton School District, located in the Village of Cashton have identified the need to create convenient and engaging, socially-based wellness opportunities for community members to combat the negative health impacts of living in a somewhat isolated community. This project will increase opportunities for wellness activities in a social environment, evaluate participation and reasons for non-participation, and develop a plan for long-lasting change.

Community Investment in Health: Developing the Lindsay Heights Wellness Commons (Lindsay Heights Neighborhood, Milwaukee)

  • Community Partner: Walnut Way Conservation Corp., Sharon Adams
  • Academic Partner: John Frey, MD, Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Family Medicine

The proposed Wellness Commons builds upon the neighborhood's collective work and significantly advances key strategies of the Lindsay Heights Quality of Life plan. As the future home of the Health Alliance and several partner organizations, the Wellness Commons provides a gathering place to catalyze neighbor wellness and economic prosperity. It will house organizations and businesses that provide integrated services accessible to all residents and will create a hub for integrated health programming, community health research, education and training opportunities, and neighborhood action. Through an innovative community investment model, the project will create a 25,000 square foot community-owned development located on North Avenue, the neighborhood's main commercial corridor.

Connecting Regionally to Prevent Youth Abuse of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (Southeast Wisconsin)

  • Community Partner: Alliance for Wisconsin Youth - Southeast Wisconsin Region, Bill Herd
  • Academic Partner: Richard L. Brown, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Family Medicine

This project will devise a plan to implement evidence-based alcohol, tobacco and drug Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for high school students throughout Southeastern Wisconsin in order to prevent youth from suffering adverse consequences of substance use. Project leaders will determine how SBIRT can be successfully implemented in different types of communities and settings to reduce substance use and related negative consequences.

Family Table (St. Croix, Barron, Dunn and Polk Counties)

  • Community Partner: West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, Robyn Thibado
  • Academic Partner: Kirstin Siemering, DrPH, RD, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Population Health Sciences

Using a piloted operational model for engaging low-income families in improving cooking skills, increasing nutritional knowledge, and expanding use of health foods in family meals, the project offers a unique opportunity for replication, and builds on existing food assistance, nutrition education and economic support programs in West Central Wisconsin.

Healthy Kids Healthy County (Green County)

  • Community Partner: Green County Health Department, RoAnn M. Warden
  • Academic Partner: Barbara Duerst, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Population Health Sciences

The project seeks to augment Early Head Start (EHS) home visits to increase the availability of fruits and vegetables for families, provide taste testing opportunities to introduce new fruits and vegetables, and teach food preparation skills. The purpose of the project is to address the nutritional needs of rural underserved areas and families by increasing access to and knowledge of healthy food option pairing up home visitors, nutrition educators and locally produced food.

The Intersection of Employment and Health Status (Milwaukee County)

  • Community Partner: Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, Inc., Mark Kessenich
  • Academic Partner: David Pate, PhD, UW-Milwaukee, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

The project team will develop a detailed profile of unemployed, African American men who present to Milwaukee Area's Workforce Investment Board's transitional employment program for non-custodial fathers. The goal is to learn about gaps in the program to adequately address the full scope of health problems and needs of participants. Results of this research will contribute to program and policy improvement.

Meta House Replication Project: Pilot Study of Regional Collaboration for Women and Children's Lifelong Health Improvement (Racine and Kenosha Counties)

  • Community Partner: Racine Interfaith Coalition, Inc., Jane Witt
  • Academic Partner: Ron Cisler, PhD, UW School of Medicine and Public Health 

This project will engage in a pilot aimed at testing a series of established business models for which a residential AODA treatment facility dedicated to women and children could be developed, supported, and sustained within Racine County.

Oneida County Striving to be Healthy (Oneida County)

  • Community Partner: Oneida County Public Health, Linda Conlon
  • Academic Partner: Erica Brewster, MPH, UW-Extension, Oneida County

Oneida County Health Department will create a chronic disease coalition in Oneida County, develop a strategic plan to decrease chronic disease by utilizing evidence-based or best practice strategies, and strive for a sustainable chronic disease coalition.

Polk County Behavioral Health Access Audit (Polk County)

  • Community Partner: ABC for Rural Health, Mike Rust
  • Academic Partner: Elizabeth Feder, PhD, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Population Health Sciences

The project team will design a new method for the interaction between a clinic and a payer to measurably increase access to health coverage to patients in the greater Polk County area seeking mental health treatment. This access audit will pilot a benefits review and advocacy effort at the clinical intake level to assure that individuals receive maximum available benefits under their health care coverage plans.

Rock County Coalition for STI Prevention (Rock County)

  • Community Partner: Rock County Health Department, Karen Cain
  • Academic Partner: Candace Peterson, PhD, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Population Health Sciences

The goal of this project is to develop a self-sustainable collaborative process in Rock County designed to reduce the number of newly diagnosed sexually transmitted infections (STI) cases. The coalition will incorporate businesses and organizations, and develop an implementation plan for STI rate reduction based on evidence.

Sports-Related Lower Extremity Injury Prevention in Rural High School Female Athletes (Richland County)

  • Community Partner: Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Inc., Mary Jon Hauge
  • Academic Partner: Jill Thein-Nissenbaum, DSc, assistant professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

The project addresses health disparities in rural Wisconsin, specifically the limited resources available in rural areas combined with the high risk of sports-related injuries in adolescent females. Project activities include implementation of a web-based, strength training, flexibility, balance, and agility program to reduce sports related knee and ankle injuries in junior high and high school female athletes in rural Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Adolescent Health Care Communication Program Evaluation (Statewide)

  • Community Partner: Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health, Amy Olejniczak
  • Academic Partner: Heather Royer, PhD, UW-Milwaukee School of Nursing

The goal of this project is to improve the delivery of sexual health services to adolescents in

Wisconsin by conducting a comprehensive program evaluation to establish efficacy as well as ensure capacity and resources used are effective. High quality sexual health services are foundational to reducing poor sexual health outcomes.