The Wisconsin Partnership Program’s Oversight and Advisory Committee awarded the following Community Opportunity Grants in 2016:

United Way of Dane County: Smart Meds Program

  • United Way of Dane County, Madison
  • Award: $50,000

The project will implement the Smart Meds program in clinic-based pharmacies to provide low-income, at-risk older adults with Comprehensive Medication Reviews (CMR), an evidence-based screening tool, to help improve medication and chronic disease management.

Door County’s Partnership Program to Enhance School Readiness for Children

  • Door County Public Health Department, Door County
  • Award: $49,934

In this project, the Door County Partnership for Children and Families will implement “I Can Problem Solve” program among students 4 to 7 years of age along with the “Raising a Thinking Child” program for parents and caregivers. The project will strengthen children’s social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills. This project will also help improve healthy parent-child interactions.

EatPlayGrow: Improving the Health of Cudahy’s Youth

  • City of Cudahy Health Department, Cudahy
  • Award: $45,000

This project aims to improve knowledge of healthy foods, increase physical activity and establish healthy behaviors among children 2 to 5 years of age and their parents through the implementation of EatPlayGrow, an evidence-based strategy to reduce childhood obesity, for child care facilities.

Every Student, Every Day Program

  • West Allis Health Department, West Allis
  • Award: $49,000

This project seeks to address the harmful effects of chronic absenteeism by eliminating barriers to regular school attendance by promoting presenteeism through policy development and outreach. Efforts will primarily focus on elementary level students (K4 through 3rd grade) enrolled in the West Allis West Milwaukee School District and over subsequent years expand in scope to include all grades.

The Fond du Lac County YScreen Expansion Project

  • Fond du Lac School District, Fond du Lac
  • Award: $49,959

This project aims to prevent suicide and connect students with mental health problems to critical, timely services. The Fond du Lac Area YScreen Program will expand and normalize a universal, voluntary, research-based emotional health screening system among all high school students in the county.

Increasing Access to Nutritious Food through Summer Food Service Programming

  • REAP Food Group, Madison
  • Award: $50,000

This project aims to evaluate the expansions of a meals program at new sites during summer months when many of Madison’s children experience increased food insecurity. The project will also offer free meals for adult companions, increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and increase awareness about healthy food choices.

Transgender Health-A New Horizon in Equity and Health Care

  • Fair Wisconsin Education Fund, Wisconsin
  • Award: $50,000

This project aims to improve the environment of health care for transgender and gender non-conforming youth in Wisconsin. The project will build an online database of experienced physical and mental health care providers, connect those provider-advocates in a sustainable knowledge-sharing network, and conduct provider training around the state of Wisconsin.

Create an Alcohol Reduction Strategies Toolkit for Community Use in Northwestern Wisconsin

  • Bayfield County Health Department, Bayfield and Ashland County
  • Award: $49,996

In this project Bayfield and Ashland counties will work in partnership to address the harmful effects of alcohol abuse and misuse. The project will increase awareness on alcohol use and potential solutions among decision-makers as well as facilitate policy and environmental changes to limit alcohol availability by focusing on outlet density, licensing and sales.

Community Health Worker Led Postpartum Support Group for Latino Mothers and Infants

  • Centro Hispano, Madison
  • Award: $49,934

Centro Hispano of Dane County (Centro), in partnership with Access Community Health Center and the University of Wisconsin, Department of Pediatrics, will implement and evaluate a community-based health intervention integrating culturally-tailored peer groups through a community health worker-led postpartum support group program for Latino mothers and infants. The project will assess the extent to which the intervention influences key health indicators such as maternal and infant weight, breastfeeding rates, and maternal depression.