The Wisconsin Partnership Program’s Oversight and Advisory Committee awarded the following Community Opportunity Grants in 2015:

Understanding the Impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences to Improve Prevention Services

  • Central Racine County Health Department, Franksville
  • Academic partners: James Dimitri Topitzes, PhD, LCSW, assistant professor, UW-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare; Joshua Mersky, Ph.D., MSW, Associate Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago; affiliated scientist, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, UW-Milwaukee
  • Award: $50,000

Using data from home-visiting programs in Racine, this project will evaluate the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences and their relationship to risk factors for poor birth outcomes and child abuse and neglect. This research has the potential to inform programmatic and policy interventions for home-visiting services.

School District Implementation of Gender-Inclusive Policies to Improve Outcomes for Transgender Youth

  • GSAFE, Madison
  • Academic partners: Sara McKinnon, MA, PhD, assistant professor, UW-Madison College of Letters & Science; Maurice Gattis, MSSW, PhD, assistant professor, UW-Madison School of Social Work
  • Award: $50,000

The project will provide technical assistance to select school districts with implementation of gender-inclusive student non-discrimination policies. A process evaluation will help inform future efforts in creating safer and welcoming school environments for transgender youth.

Jackson County Drug-free Communities Initiative

  • Jackson County Health Department, Black River Falls
  • Academic partner: Monica Lobenstein, MA, associate professor, UW-Extension
  • Award: $50,000

The project will enhance systems coordination among alcohol and other drug abuse services in Jackson County. Strategies such as provider education, increasing enrollment in Wisconsin’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and implementing needle-disposal and needle-exchange programs will be used in this effort to reduce the harmful consequence of drug use, abuse and addiction.

Improving Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems

  • Kenosha County Division of Health, Kenosha
  • Award: $45,000

This project will equip mental health providers and stakeholders with screening tools and information to build trauma-informed practices into the system of care in Kenosha and mitigate toxic stress in the social-emotional development of children from birth to age 5. It has the potential to increase understanding and treatment of pediatric mental health issues using a train-the-trainer model of early childhood interventions.

Improving the Health Status for Amish and Mennonites in Western Wisconsin

  • La Farge Medical Clinic, Vernon Memorial Healthcare Foundation, La Farge
  • Academic partners: Murray Katcher, MD, PhD, clinical professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; Christine Seroogy, MD, associate professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Award: $49,743

This project will offer on-site expertise while collaborating with UW-Madison partners for the provision of tertiary care services for complex children with genetic and metabolic disorders. The Center for Special Children is targeted at the Amish and Mennonite population. This grant will help provide education to both the Plain communities and healthcare workers to improve quality of life and elimination of unnecessary healthcare expenses to families and healthcare organizations. Medical students and residents will work with physicians to enhance their clinical and cultural competency skills. The project also aims to increase access to health services among this population.

LIFE Foundation Cross Plains

  • LIFE Foundation, Cross Plains
  • Academic Partner: Daniel Jarzemsky, MD, clinical assistant professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Award: $49,962

This project will implement two evidence-supported strategies designed to increase physical activity and improve community access to nutritious foods. It has the potential to transform community norms related to exercise and healthy eating habits in the village of Cross Plains.

Healthy People Lincoln County: “Problems can be Solved in the Garden”

  • Lincoln County Health Department, Merrill
  • Academic partner: Daniel Marzu, MA, UW-Extension
  • Award: $50,000

Workshops, education classes and mentoring programs will give community members the knowledge, skills and tools to change behaviors and increase healthy food consumption. The project is designed to build gardening skills and increase community access to fresh and locally grown foods in Lincoln County.

5210 Across Dane County

  • Meriter-UnityPoint Health, Madison
  • Award: $45,210

The 5-2-1-0 evidence-based educational project, to be launched by the Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative of Dane County, will be used to support primary care providers with a framework to effectively communicate with their patients and families about healthy behaviors: “5 fruits and vegetables per day, 2 hours or less of screen time, 1 hour of daily physical activity and 0 sugary drinks. It provides another tool for fostering population health improvement approaches across the major health systems in Dane County.

Healthier Together Pierce & St. Croix County Enhancing School Physical Activity

  • Pierce County Health Department, Ellsworth
  • Award: $50,000

This project will provide technical assistance, training and resources to implement the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Active Schools: Core 4+ strategies to create sustainable changes in student physical activity. It has the potential to build healthy habits among young children, decrease childhood obesity and prevent obesity in adulthood.

Providers and Teens Communicating for Health (PATCH) Program – Milwaukee

  • Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, Madison
  • Award: $50,000

This project seeks to empower Milwaukee teens to speak openly with health care providers about sensitive topics such as sexual health, mental health, drug and alcohol use, relationships and safety. It is also intended to equip providers with skills to foster environments where teens feel comfortable communicating more openly to their health providers. It has the potential to positively influence provider-patient relationships by building skills that translate into improved health care delivery experiences.

Perinatal Smoking Cessation Services – NorthWest Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, Madison
  • Award: $50,000

This project provides pregnant women with home visits and tele-counseling services to encourage a smoke-free home and to increase the likelihood of maintaining smoke-free status at six months postpartum. This project will work toward improving healthy birth outcomes among women in northwest Wisconsin.