The Oversight and Advisory Committee awarded three types of grants in 2013: Large Implementation Grants, Small Implementation Grants and Development Grants.

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

Advancing Community Investment in Health: Implementation of the Innovations and Wellness Commons 

The Commons is the next step in Walnut Way’s efforts to revitalize the Lindsay Heights neighborhood. This collaborative community center will foster wellness programs, community-engaged research, economic development initiatives and neighborhood action campaigns to strengthen a culture of wellness. This project goes beyond program delivery by simultaneously supporting economic growth, strengthening connectivity and transforming neighborhood culture.

  • Community partner: Walnut Way Corp., Milwaukee
  • Academic partners: Cindy Haq, John Frey, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Southeastern Wisconsin SBIRT Project

Six communities in southeastern Wisconsin will be among the first in the nation to implement Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in high schools. Project partners will evaluate the use of SBIRT in rural, suburban and urban schools to determine whether the use of a computerized screening tool will have positive impacts on risky adolescent behaviors such as binge drinking and smoking.

  • Community partner: IMPACT Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Services, Inc.
  • Academic partner: Rich Brown, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Women of Worth (WOW): Family Centered Treatment Project

This project will address the issues related to alcohol and drug abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders for women and their children in the Racine area. The program will provide an integrated care program for women while also providing services to children affected by their mother’s substance use and mental health disorders. The population of focus are women and mothers with children who are currently reside in a homeless shelter.

  • Community partner: Racine Interfaith Coalition, Racine
  • Academic partners: Lisa Berger and Ron Cisler, UW-Milwaukee

Reducing Alcohol Abuse among LGBTQ Youth in Wisconsin 

This project will replicate a culturally-competent alcohol harm reduction and prevention model tailored for LGBTQ youth in Milwaukee, Appleton and Green Bay - increasing access for LGBTQ youth ages 14-20 to interventions that support a reduction in binge and underage drinking.

  • Community partner: Diverse and Resilient, Inc., Milwaukee
  • Academic partner: Kathy Oriel, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; Lance Weinhardt, UW-Milwaukee, Zilber School of Public Health

Dementia Wellness Project for Underserved African American Elders

This project, focused on underserved African American elders will improve the health and well-being of their families by expanding and extending the activities of a Wisconsin Partnership Program-funded dementia diagnostic clinic developed in consultation with the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (WAI). The existing partnership will include the Center for Urban and Population Health for further evaluation of the community health screening and education program.

  • Community partner: Milwaukee Health Services, Inc., Milwaukee
  • Academic partner: Mark Sager, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Northwoods LEAN (Linking Education, Activity, and Nutrition): Pathways to Health

This county will approach their obesity issue on many levels – implementing organizational, policy and environmental level changes to support residents who are motivated to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. The multi-faceted approach to sustainable community change includes a community campaign, point-of-decision prompts, Safe Routes to School activities, garden-based nutrition interventions and worksite wellness programs.

  • Community partner: Oneida County Health Department, Rhinelander
  • Academic partner: Aaron Carrel, MD, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Pediatrics

Strengthening Community Health Improvement Implementation and Evaluation for Greater Impact

This project will strengthen community capacity to implement and evaluate effective community health improvement activities focused on alcohol misuse. By building skills in implementation and evaluation that can then be applied in other health priority areas, the local commitment to high quality collaborative Community Health Improvement Plans and Processes (CHIPP) and outcomes will be strengthened.

  • Community partner: Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards, Kimberly
  • Academic partner: Julie Willems-Van Dijk, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

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

ACTIVATE: Advocacy for Children - Transformational Impact via Action and Teamwork for Engagement

With 40 percent of children in Wisconsin living below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Line, the use of advocacy training and techniques can help change poor outcomes that result from early years spent in adversity. By connecting professional organizations, community-based agencies and training centers, the goal of this project is to identify, analyze and mobilize around critical child health topics.

  • Community partner: Wisconsin Academy of Pediatrics Foundation, Kimberly
  • Academic partner: Dipesh Navsaria, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Addressing the Mental Illness Tobacco Disparity: Peers Helping Peers

This project will utilize a certified peer specialist to bring evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment to those with severe, disabling mental illness receiving care from community support programs. Certified peer specialists can help clients who use tobacco at all seventy-nine Wisconsin community support programs. The goal is to reduce tobacco use by this vulnerable population and reduce the currently expanding mental illness tobacco disparity gap.

  • Community partner: Wisconsin Division of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Madison
  • Academic partner: Bruce Christiansen, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Bilingual Healthy Choices Program

This program assists families in building physical activity into daily family routines along with selecting healthful food without increasing the grocery budget. Dissemination will include a promotional website and training toolkit, along with sharing evaluation results in community and academic settings.

  • Community partner: 16th Street Community Health Center, Milwaukee
  • Academic partner: David Frazer, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Improving Well Being Among Wisconsin Older Adults

This project is designed to reduce depression, improve well-being and improve sleep among older persons and persons with physical disabilities in Kenosha, Brown and Rock counties through participation in Lighten UP, a program that helps people identify and focus on positive aspects of their lives.

  • Community partner: Kenosha County Division of Aging and Disability Services, Kenosha
  • Academic partner: Carol Ryff, UW College of Letters and Science-Psychology

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

Changing Views of Hunger: One Community at a Time

This Eau Claire initiative builds upon community assessments and existing community-academic partnerships. The Coalition will develop a strategic plan to increase access to healthy foods for low-income Eau Claire County residents The coalition will focus technical assistance for a better county-wide understanding of the broad determinants of health - social, economic and physical - and effect on access to nutritious foods.

  • Community partner: Feed My People, Inc., Eau Claire
  • Academic partner: Mary Canales, UW Eau Claire-School of Nursing

Safe Schools for Wisconsin’s Transgender Youth

Safe Schools for Wisconsin’s Transgender Youth will conduct and disseminate research, assist in school district policy change, and develop a model intervention to reduce discrimination and improve social cohesion, educational outcomes and health outcomes for transgender and gender non-conforming youth in Wisconsin public schools.

  • Community partner: Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools, Madison
  • Academic partners: Maurice Gattis, UW School of Social Work, Sara McKinnon, UW College of Letters and Science-Communication Arts

LIFE (Lifestyle Initiative for Fitness Empowerment) Foundation Cross Plains Community Project

The Lifestyle Initiative for Fitness Empowerment (LIFE) Foundation Cross Plains Community Project members unite in purpose with the Village of Cross Plains and surrounding communities to improve health via improving nutrition and increasing physical activity within a local safe environment.

  • Community partner: LIFE Foundation/Village of Cross Plains, Cross Plains
  • Academic partner: Daniel Jarzemski, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Applying Clinical Data to New Public Health: A Model for Accountable Care Communities

The Public Health Department of Madison and Dane County will partner with the UW Department of Family Medicine to utilize the PHINEX (UW Electronic Health Record- Public Health Information Exchange) to longitudinally track chronic disease, inform public health planning and develop data-driven messages to engage diverse partners to improve chronic disease prevention initiatives.

  • Community partner: Public Health-Madison and Dane County, Madison
  • Academic partner: Lawrence Hanrahan, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Yoga's Effect on Fall Risk Factors in Rural Older Adults

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Southwest Wisconsin will study the effects yoga has on falls in older adults who live in rural areas. Partners in the project include UW Madison Family Medicine, Community Academic Aging Research Network, Wisconsin Institute of Healthy Aging, health care providers, business leaders and faith based organizations.

  • Community partner: Aging and Disability Resource Center, Monroe
  • Academic partner: Irene Hamrick, UW School of Medicine and Public Health