The Oversight and Advisory Committee awarded three types of grants in 2012: Implementation Grants, Small Implementation Grants and Development Grants.

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

Adams County Community Wellness Program

Through a balance of community and individual chronic disease prevention and intervention strategies as well as community health worker and navigation services, this community wellness program targets chronic disease disparities in Adams County.

  • Community Partner: Sarah Grosshuesch, Adams County Health and Human Services Department of Public Health
  • Academic Partner: Alexandra Adams, MD, PhD, Family Medicine, UW School of Medicine and Public Health and Nutritional Sciences, UW-Madison

Community Safety Data Repository Project

Building on the successful work of the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission, this project will create a repository of violence and municipal data that will facilitate information sharing among Milwaukee area agencies and demonstrate the value and sustainability of a comprehensive, federated data repository.

  • Community Partner: Mallory O'Brien, PhD, Milwaukee Police Department
  • Academic Partner: Eric Gass, PhD, Public Health, UW-Milwaukee

Growing Farm to School: Cultivating Childhood Wellness through Gardening

The project aims to improve the health and wellness of Wisconsin children by increasing the number of sustainable gardens and the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables at schools and childcare centers throughout the state, as well as increasing the opportunities for outdoor physical activity.

  • Community Partner: Nathan Larson, Community Groundworks
  • Academic Partner: Dale Schoeller, PhD, Nutritional Sciences, UW-Madison

Latino Youth Health Leadership Teams: Implementing the Healthy Activities Partnership Program for Youth (HAPPY II)

Through a comprehensive program targeting individual, social-environmental, physical-environmental and societal influences, this project seeks to improve healthy eating and physical activity habits among Latino middle school students in Milwaukee.

  • Community Partner: Rene Farias, United Community Center
  • Academic Partner: Samuel Dennis, Jr., PhD, MLA, Family Medicine, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Richland FIT: Academic Partnership to Build a Healthy Environment in Rural Richland County

This partnership creates a community-wide campaign to improve the eating habits of Richland Country residents through environmental changes to provide nutrition information and increase access to healthy nutritious food.

  • Community Partner: Marianne Stanek, Richland County HHS Public Health
  • Academic Partners: Peggy Olive, MSW, UW-Extension; Neil Bard, MD, Richland Medical Center

Small Implementation Grants (up to $150,000 over three years)

Building the Mentally Healthy Workplace

The project evaluates whether mental health interventions in the workplace can positively impact employee health and productivity, leading to reductions in absenteeism, presenteeism (being at work but not being productive) and employee health and disability costs.

  • Community Partner: Shel Gross, Mental Health America of Wisconsin
  • Academic Partner: Jerry Halverson, MD, Psychiatry, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Public Will Building to Reduce Obesity in the Latino Community of Milwaukee

Trained Latina community health promoters and a Latina community action board will facilitate a “public will building” process to engage the Milwaukee Latino community to take action and implement their own solutions to the obesity epidemic.

  • Community Partner: Ana Paula Soares Lynch, CORE/El Centro
  • Academic Partner: Amy Harley, PhD, Health Sciences, UW-Milwaukee

Development Grants (up to $50,000 over two years)

Adopting an Easy-to-Read Medication Label in Wisconsin

After conducting interviews of key stakeholders in the pharmacy industry, the project team will evaluate the social, attitudinal and environmental factors affecting the adoption of new standards for patient-centered medication labeling.

  • Community Partner: Michele Erickson, Health Literacy Wisconsin, a division of Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.
  • Academic Partners: David Mott, PhD, Pharmacy, UW-Madison; Henry Young, PhD, Pharmacy, UW-Madison

CESA #9 Active & Healthy Schools

To test the effectiveness of this program at the elementary school level, this project will increase students’ level of activity during the school day through active recess, energy breaks in the classroom and increased physical education minutes.

  • Community Partner: Lynn Verage, Cooperative Educational Service Agency #9
  • Academic Partner: Aaron Carrel, MD, Pediatrics, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Community Action and Community Capacity Building for Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

This pilot project explores the feasibility of using community lay health advisors to translate and adapt a diabetes prevention program and to reduce risks for Type 2 diabetes among overweight or obese African American women.

  • Community Partner: Patricia McManus, Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin, Inc.
  • Academic Partner: Alice Yan, MD, PhD, Public Health, UW-Milwaukee

Community-Based EMS Pilot Project

An emergency medical services model to improve the quality of life for aging adults in rural areas includes training EMS providers to work with elderly patients and to understand key risk factors and make referrals to health care or social service agencies.

  • Community Partner: Karen Smits, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
  • Academic Partner: Robert Jecklin, Health Education and Health Promotion, UW-La Crosse

Development of a Curriculum to Support Healthy Bites, A Wisconsin Guide for Improving Childhood Nutrition

The Healthy Bites curriculum project addresses issues of obesity and promotes optimal nutrition, growth and development among children, birth to age 5, in early care and education centers.

  • Community Partner: James Leonhart, Celebrate Children Foundation
  • Academic Partner: Tara LaRowe, PhD, Family Medicine, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

The Great Dane Exchange: Exploring the Reasons for the Success of the Wisconsin State Employee Health Plan Insurance Exchange for Clues to Successfully Establish Exchanges Required by the Affordable Care Act

This partnership will analyze Dane County’s health insurance model to determine how Affordable Care Act-required exchanges can enhance the state’s capacity to reduce health care costs and promote greater health care quality.

  • Community Partner: David Riemer, Community Advocates, Inc.
  • Academic Partner: John Mullahy, PhD, Population Health Sciences, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Junior Pink Shawls: Training Intergenerational Health & Wellness Messengers to Address American Indian Breast Cancer Disparities

Through youth health messengers and peer educators, this intergenerational training program aims to increase breast health knowledge, improve rates of breast cancer screening and positively affect cancer health outcomes in Wisconsin’s American Indian communities.

  • Community Partner: Lisa Tiger, Wisconsin Pink Shawl Initiative
  • Academic Partner: Shannon Sparks, Human Ecology, UW-Madison

Madison-Dane County Healthy Birth Outcomes

A maternal home interview tool will be developed and integrated with the Dane County Fetal and Infant Mortality Review, a national evidence-based model to improve birth outcomes and prevent infant deaths.

  • Community Partner: Daniel Stattelman-Scanlan, Public Health for Madison and Dane County
  • Academic Partner: Whitney Witt, PhD, MPH, Population Health Sciences, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

The Menominee Community Journey to Wellness

Building on the work of a multi-sector coalition to address childhood obesity, this project develops a comprehensive data management and sustainable long-term evaluation plan for youth obesity prevention and health monitoring.

  • Community Partner: Wendell Waukau, Menominee Indian School District
  • Academic Partner: Alexandra Adams, MD, PhD, Family Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; Candace Peterson, Family Medicine, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

No Condom? No Way! E-Z Access to Health Project

The Milwaukee-based project aims to increase access to and knowledge about reproductive and sexual health among African American youth age 14 to 25 and to test youth-led, culturally-specific sexual health education in a community setting.

  • Community Partner: Sharlen Moore, Urban Underground
  • Academic Partner: Paul Florsheim, PhD, UW-Milwaukee

Prenatal Virtual Home Visitation Program

This feasibility study explores the benefits of virtual home-visitation services to low-income pregnant women and teens in Taylor County, using technology and the Parents-as-Teachers model, an early childhood parent education and family support program.

  • Community Partner: Nancy Kraft, Indianhead Community Action Agency
  • Academic Partner: Patricia Caro, PhD, Education, UW-Stevens Point

Safe & Healthy Food for the Hungry

This partnership will develop a self-assessment toolkit to evaluate food inventory, procurement and distribution with the goal of improving access to adequate, safe and nutritious food for low-income people who use food pantries.

  • Community Partner: Robert Jones, Wisconsin Community Action Program Association
  • Academic Partners: Amber Canto, MPH, RD, CD, UW-Extension; Barbara Ingham, PhD, Food Science, UW-Madison

Understanding the Role of Childhood Adversity in Adult Health Outcomes in Wisconsin

The project aims to reduce and prevent adverse childhood experiences through enhanced public health surveillance systems, and to conduct data analysis to better understand the impact of childhood poverty and neglect on adult health outcomes.

  • Community Partner: Therese Scherrer, Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund
  • Academic Partner: Barbara Knox, MD, Pediatrics, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; Kristen Shook Slack, PhD, Social Work, UW-Madison

Winnebago County STI Task Force: Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Pilot Program

The project develops and pilots a middle school-level sexual health curriculum based on National Sexuality Health Standards, and measures its impact on student knowledge and risky sexual behavior in comparison with current sex education curriculum.

  • Community Partner: Doug Gieryn, Winnebago County Health Department
  • Academic Partner: Juyeon Son, PhD, Sociology, UW-Madison

The Wisconsin Health Equity Alliance (WHEA): Driving Policy Change to Improve Health in Wisconsin

The initiative creates the foundation for a Wisconsin Health Equity Alliance, an innovative partnership of community organizers and public health professionals and academics dedicated to improving public health outcomes across the state.

  • Community Partner: David Liners, WISDOM
  • Academic Partner: Brian Christens, PhD, Human Ecology, UW-Madison

YMCA/UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Partnership Promoting Healthy Weight in Pregnancy

This partnership will assess current needs of underserved women in South Madison, evaluate community readiness and then design pilot programs aimed at promoting healthy weight for low-income women before, during and after pregnancy.

  • Community Partner: Sharon Covey, YMCA of Dane County, Inc.
  • Academic Partner: Cynthie Anderson, MD, MPH, Obstetrics and Gynecology, UW School of Medicine and Public Health