HWPP Responsive Component

Through a Call for Changemakers (PDF), the Responsive Component will support Wisconsin-based organizations, local leaders and concerned citizens to create strong, healthy communities. Participants in the Call for Changemakers will demonstrate how a range of partners from multiple sectors in the community can work together to translate public health data and evidence into actions to pursue grassroots policy, environmental or systems change that address the key determinants that most strongly influence community health.

Successful projects will be awarded funds to support non-lobbying activities focused on either grassroots policy, environmental or systems change (changing the regulations, rules, priorities, protocols or practices within and across organizations and communities; changing the physical or material components of the community environment) related to the key determinants of health. Increasing the scope and availability of existing community programs is not the primary goal of this funding, so applications must be clearly focused on a grassroots policy, environmental or systems change goal. Selected projects must demonstrate an appropriate level of funding and timeframe to accomplish the project scope.


Successful applicants will feature a multi-sector community coalition or network, including those not traditionally involved in health improvement efforts, with the necessary expertise to address grassroots policy, environmental or systems change in their communities. All projects must have one primary applicant organization that is a Wisconsin-based, non-profit, IRS tax exempt 501(c)3 or governmental organization and is responsible for the fiduciary and reporting requirements on behalf of the larger partnership.

All projects must also include formal partnership with an eligible MCW academic partner. Eligible academic partner(s) must be MCW full-time, part-time, or full professional effort status or eligible faculty teaching in the MCW Community Medical Education Program meeting specified criteria and serving a specific role on the project, with additional academic partners participating as needed. Please see the Call for Changemakers (PDF) for additional eligibility criteria.

How to Submit

Stage 1 Changemaker Brief Proposal submissions were due by 12:00 PM CST on January 9, 2015.

Eligible submissions will be reviewed by a subcommittee of MCW Consortium members and external content experts (PDF) based on a 9-point scale and criteria to assess alignment of proposals with the AHW endowment’s Principles, the Community-Academic Partnership Model and criteria outlined in the Call for Changemakers. The review subcommittee will meet on January 29, 2015 from 10 AM to 1 PM in the MCW Board Room to review the Stage 1 submissions.

Information Sessions

To help support applicant submissions, information sessions were held Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 1 PM to 2:30 PM and Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 9 AM to 10:30 AM. Both sessions were offered in-person in Milwaukee at MCW and via conference call and the web. The sessions offered applicants the opportunity to further explore the funding opportunity, application procedures, and expectations of funded awards.

View the slides presented at the information sessions (PDF) >>

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