Through nine separate funding cycles, as guided by the first 2 Five-Year Plans, the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program has awarded funding to community-academic partnerships committed to improving the health of Wisconsin residents.
The funded projects represent multiple focus areas of the Health Improvement Priorities and have embraced a Community-Academic Partnership Model of collaboration. Each funded partnership consists of at least one community organization partner and one academic partner from the Medical College of Wisconsin and exemplifies the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program's vision to improve the health of the people of Wisconsin.
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To explore the funded projects, use the criteria to the right - the projects that match your search criteria will be displayed below. Click on the project title to learn more.
Improve health of rural communities, families, and individuals in Barron County through collaborative partnerships and interventions to increase levels of physical activity and healthy eating patterns and decrease overweight and obesity.
To increase the competency and capacity of local school health services systems.
CCDM will effect prevention of complications by screening for/managing hypertension, diabetes, and obesity at churches and food pantries that serve Milwaukee's poor and by promoting low-cost medicine, nutrition, and education in a tiered community model.
To further develop Wisconsin's web-based Emergency Information Form (EIF) Program for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and to promote and train a critical mass of families, support organizations, and medical personnel in its use.
To develop and evaluate the outcomes of a novel intervention to improve diabetes knowledge, knowledge retention, and screening behaviors among Latinos.
This project will increase access to free or low-cost medications for more than 10,000 working and uninsured individuals in Milwaukee through expansion of the Community MedShare Program and targeted activities including use of trained volunteers.
HHH will create school environments which support healthy lifestyle choices, reducing obesity risk over a lifespan through 1. Policy change 2. Training/education/resources 3. Increased community understanding of obesity prevention practices.
Improve access to trained peer mentor support for younger veterans at risk for mental health problems on college campuses using a combination of face-to-face and smartphone interventions.
The goal of SAUP is to ensure timely, clinically appropriate, managed access to specialty care for low-income, uninsured adults in Milwaukee County through the a structured model pairing safety net clinics and health systems.
This project will bring together partners from the target Lindsay Heights neighborhood, MCW, Marquette University and the Bread of Healing Clinic to promote healthy body weight among African American females through a community based participatory model.
This initiative prepares a network of pastors, nurses, at-risk seniors and their care support workers across ten urban Milwaukee church communities to sustain the safety, health and stability of 100 at-risk parishioner families.
To develop a plan to translate scientific evidence about adverse childhood experiences (ACE), trauma-informed care (TIC) and resiliency into practice within systems of care that impact Wisconsin children and families receiving child welfare services.
The Sisters Project aims to prevent violence against women involved in Milwaukee's sex trade by developing an action plan that integrates local and national best practices in prostitution intervention strategies.
Food Pantry of Waukesha County, Lake Area Free Clinic, Mount Mary College, National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin, NuGenesis Farms, Waukesha Family Practice Clinic, The Salvation Army of Waukesha, St. Joseph's Medical Dental Clinic, Inc., University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension
This project explores the feasibility of developing: 1) a comprehensive, evidence-based prevention program, and 2) intervention strategies to address Rusk County youth behavioral health and substance use issues.
To understand how improved access to dental treatment affects the oral-health knowledge and behavior of at-risk pregnant women.
To improve health and safety among Wisconsin rural women who are survivors of intimate partner violence by building upon an existing social network of Wisconsin rural women and targeted programming designed to support women's wellness and self-care.
TAP (Targeting Adolescent Problems) will create a curriculum and screening tool, recruit and train volunteers, and conduct community outreach and education to ensure the success of a crisis line for adolescents and young adults experiencing complications due to the use of illicit substances.
To preserve vision in a high-risk population by implementing teleophthalmology to increase retinopathy screening and facilitate improved eye care, test its use as an innovative tool for education on diabetes, and develop training of work force.
The goal of this project is to improve the identification and treatment of youth involved in human trafficking by developing policies and procedures to improve and provide comprehensive health and mental health care throughout Milwaukee.
IUAN's goal is to impact the health of Milwaukee urban families via its complex food system, in a comprehensive field-to-foodhub-to fork approach that increases the production and processing of, and desire for healthier, culturally appropriate foods.
Networked for Action will test an innovative method to move community health assessment to real individual, community, and system interventions that impact population health status in order to better understand how technology can support action.
The goal is to complete a planning process and pilot study to inform a larger scale effort to support home visitors with evidence based best practice development for serving and supporting mothers with positive maternal depression screens and symptoms.
This project will supplement traditional prenatal care with group prenatal care enrichment activities through community partner engagement to improve birth outcomes in a high risk population in urban Milwaukee.
Build a multidisciplinary data sharing system to fill service gaps and identify effective practices. CIS will improve decision support for policymakers, effective inter-agency coordination, and service triage and support a community-level logic model.
The goal of this development project is to design, implement, and evaluate an innovative program to reduce the prevalence of binge drinking in rural Wisconsin.
To reduce the number of poisonings, suicides and self-harm in Kenosha County through supporting evidence based interventions that work to increase screening, referrals and treatment.
To reduce the dental caries experience of Wisconsin Early Head Start children through evidence-based prevention and educational interventions during Early Head Start Programming.
To increase the diversity of Wisconsin's public health workforce.
The overall goal is to build community and public health capacity in two Milwaukee neighborhoods, which are each using urban agriculture programming as a transformational and empowerment tool, to mitigate exposure to lead through primary prevention.
This project addresses the health workforce shortage threatening our most vulnerable communities by providing the data collection and forecasting critically needed for workforce planning.
To evaluate the implementation of a Lay Health Advisor Model, including culturally competent social marketing and home health education gatherings, to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes for Latino youth and adults in Milwaukee.
To refine and demonstrate the effectiveness of a collaborative partnership model of mental health promotion and service and to influence systems changes needed for sustainability.
To understand how a new urban park, with complementary outreach and education, affects knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, assets/supports and health outcomes among neighborhood residents.
To pilot an innovative, culturally appropriate intervention to improve the health of caregivers of Latino elderly with Alzheimer's Disease or other cognitive impairment.
To build the public health capacity of Wisconsin’s rural and urban American Indian communities and clinics to accurately target and culturally tailor specific cancer program and services.
To increase healthy food availability in Milwaukee's central city through community readiness assessments and concomitant strategic interventions based on real community capacity for change.
This project aims to develop a model of care that will reduce the adverse health effects of the chronic conditions (asthma, diabetes and obesity) most prevalent in Sixteenth Community Health Center's patient population, an inner city Hispanic community. The program will educate the community about chronic disease risks and management, test new solutions for treating chronic diseases, evaluate interventions, establish community partnerships that will help deal more effectively with these problems, and train staff (many of whom are community members) in the new delivery procedures. The project will also use integrated electronic databases that can be linked to local, state, and national public health data to monitor patient progress, coordinate provider efforts, maintain quality assurance, and evaluate program effectiveness.
This partnership will increase fitness activities within a large, faith-based community in Milwaukee, while building capacity to reduce health risks by training youth, family and volunteers to embed and sustain running and fitness in their community.
Concerned about the high rate of obesity and chronic disease in the population, community partners in Buffalo and Pepin Counties want to educate children and families about nutrition and healthy food choices by implementing a school garden pilot project.
Project will address mental health problems experienced by students exposed to violence through implementation of an evidence-based behavioral intervention program and build sustainable school capacity to support good mental health for children.
This partnership of nine Milwaukee churches and five health organizations will uphold the health of our most vulnerable, medically underserved communities through culturally aligned elder health ministries and new health advocacy and leadership practices.
To develop an automated web-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) infrastructure for public health staff, researchers and students that can provide convenient mapped population health information from a variety of data sources to support community health improvement planning.
This initiative seeks to improve sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and adolescent pregnancy prevention outcomes for minority, uninsured youth in Milwaukee through new community planning and mobilization efforts.
Because the majority of injuries in young children occur in and around the home, educating at-risk families on how to create a safer environment for their children and providing them with the tools to do so will result in increased awareness and a reduction in unintentional injuries.
To create a sustainably safe environment for alcohol consumption through changes in local alcohol licensing policies; practices on college campuses, in taverns, and at festivals; and by educating current and future leaders in community collaboration.
To increase awareness of HPV among urban adolescents in Milwaukee who are high risk for HPV infection morbidity and mortality. The innovation lies in the utilization of peer health advocates and the power of social media.
To train a cadre of Lay Trainers who are themselves parents of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) to teach care coordination skills and behaviors to other families of CYSHCN using a recently developed care coordination curriculum.
To develop, implement and evaluate a portable, cost-effective hypertension control strategy in a primary care setting serving low-income African Americans.
The goal of this project is to promote healthy relationship behaviors among LGBT youth in Wisconsin (ages 14-24) to decrease their risk of becoming a victim or perpetrator of intimate partner dating violence.
The Safe Schools, Healthy Students Lindsay Heights Initiative will decrease the number of personal and physical safety incidents that were a result of fighting in in the Lindsay Heights schools and community; increase school attendance rates in grades K5-5; and, increase the number of parents trained in child development including social and emotional skills.
Ripple Effect Milwaukee (REM) will utilize their collective experience and expertise to develop a comprehensive peace building curriculum that will be implemented in five Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) sites and the St. Charles FOCUS program.
United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee (UNCOM) Violence Prevention Initiative uses its great and varied collaborative knowledge and strong neighborhood relationships to promote safer communities through the “Building Me” and ‘Say It Straight” curricula.
The Holton Youth + Family Center Collaborative will use a three-tiered approach to youth violence prevention founded on an evidence-based structure that addresses an array of community voiced and data driven needs from the Harambee and Riverwest neighborhoods.
The purpose of the Strong Rural Communities Initiative (SRCI) is to improve health indicators for selected rural communities in Wisconsin and significantly accelerate making collaboration for prevention the norm, not the exception, in rural Wisconsin.
Since motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury and death in Wisconsin, all children, regardless of socioeconomic status should have access to the appropriate car or booster seat to decrease their morbidity and mortality as a result of motor vehicle crashes.
Milwaukee Cares will substantially improve the health status of uninsured residents of Milwaukee County by providing appropriate access to free episodic, primary and specialty care; hospital services; and medication through the creation of a voluntary network of physicians, health professionals, hospitals and pharmaceutical services.
The overall purpose of this initiative is to promote the health and well being of Wisconsin residents affected by Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and their families and in particular those people who reside in traditionally underserved rural and minority communities of our state.
Healthier Workforce 2009 Improving the Health & Employability of Welfare-to-Work Participants will reduce health related barriers to employment and improve the health status of Wisconsin Works (W-2) participants.
This project will build a community culture of healthy lifestyle behaviors and an environment that sustains a Healthier Cumberland.
Improving Access to Quality Asthma Care will strengthen collaborative efforts among parents of children with asthma and their families, childcare centers, schools, community agencies, and healthcare providers, to advocate for and improve the accessibility and quality of asthma care for thousands of Milwaukee children.
This project will implement a family-systems prevention program for adolescent females who have been referred to juvenile court which promotes sustained abstinence from delinquency and other risk behavior, as well as improved mental health, family function, and family communication.
This intervention will establish a network of peer support groups to encourage superior blood pressure control and reduce the associated risk of death and disability among elderly members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
The purpose of CCPIL is to create a coordinated health care system in rural Wood and Marathon counties for older adults with chronic conditions that focuses on strengthening patients' ability to manage their own care through community-based services and self-management support.
Implement a curriculum of educational and physical activities in 8 central city neighborhood centers that improves the nutrition and physical activity of ethnically diverse children ages 3 to 18 and their adult caregivers to prevent or lower the risks of health problems related to overweight, poor diet and lack of exercise.
The GAMP Chronic Disease Management Initiative will utilize case management to improve patient self-management skills, improve health outcomes, and increase the effective use of health resources for 625 indigent, uninsured persons suffering from chronic disease and establish a model for replication throughout the GAMP system.
This project will convene public health system and other stakeholders to develop a plan to establish a Wisconsin Center for Health Communications: it will serve as a multimedia resource and infrastructure for public health communications and health marketing.
A partnership between the City of Milwaukee Health Department and the Medical College of Wisconsin will result in the development of a model outline to guide local level public health policymaking to improve the health of Milwaukee's residents.
Saber Para La Gente will test an innovative method to enhance the knowledge about Latino health disparities in Wisconsin through qualitative information drawn from descriptions of those who experience them, using theatre as a tool.
Northwest Wisconsin Falls Prevention Collaborative, formed with Barron, Douglas and Washburn medical, social service, and volunteer organizations will work in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin to develop organizational system practices to prevent falls in older adults.
This project aims to plan a pilot version of a public and community health policy development module for inclusion in the summer 2007 New Leadership Development Program (NLDP) at Mount Mary College.
The intent of this project is to develop a cost-effective, transformative service and to integrate this unique treatment modality throughout the public and private behavioral health care delivery systems in Milwaukee and Waukesha County.
An oral health action plan will be developed by community stakeholders in Milwaukee as a result of a community assessment, that once implemented, will result in the reduction of dental disease, need for treatment and elimination of chronic mouth pain among children.
This project aims to improve health outcomes for southeastern Wisconsin's African American older adults through the use of uniquely trained volunteers who will provide culturally appropriate health education, social support and health advocacy through churches where these volunteers and older adults are members.
The purpose of this project is to analyze 2005 needs assessment data, recruit partners, support leadership development, and develop strategies for programming that will improve health disparities that exist for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of color in Southeast Wisconsin.
This project will develop a model to allow community outreach programs to more effectively provide services to cognitively impaired seniors by utilizing health science students seeking experience in service delivery to seniors and health sciences faculty experienced in delivering geriatric home care.
This project will increase the capacity of the environmental health community to comprehensively address elevated arsenic levels in residential drinking water.
The Waukesha Smiles Project will compare approaches to improve oral health habits and increase access to basic dental care for low-income children in Waukesha through a school-based outreach program of oral health promotion, screening and referral.
We will improve the health and safety of at-risk elders by increasing awareness, recognition, response and referral of elder maltreatment through a multi-level community-based education program targeting professionals who provide medical, home health and emergency response services to the elderly.
Project Respect will develop leadership, capacity and programs at eight Milwaukee neighborhood centers to effectively engage communities in the prevention of risk factors of sexual and intimate partner violence involving adolescents who live in many of the most impoverished areas of our community.
The aim of Project Heart is to expand an existing community academic partnership to implement a health improvement model focused on increased access to health screening, preventive education and advocacy for underserved women who are involved with the criminal justice system in Milwaukee.
The primary purpose of the PEARLS for Teen Girls High Risk Intervention Project is to create an effective and replicable community-based model for improving the health, wellness and safety of extremely high-risk, low-income, African American teen girls within a school setting.
This project's objective is to increase the number of eligible children who enroll in Wisconsin's Medicaid, BadgerCare, and Healthy Start ("Family Medicaid") public health insurance programs through closer coordination between these programs and the state's free and reduced price school lunch programs.
This project will develop educational activities at Lakeshore Lodge through replication of Center for Healthy Communities health education and leadership programs, create a job training program for mental health consumers, and create a central hub for the mental health community in Manitowoc County.
This program will modify the middle school meal program to be healthier and infuse more physical activity and targeted health education messages into the curriculum. A family-based early evening education program will help children and parents incorporate these changes into their lives.
The FAAHN will build on existing BHC's Faith-based Community Health Committee to create a communication and support infrastructure to engage the African American community in emergency preparedness, health policy, planning and advocacy to improve community capacity to reduce health disparities.
The Eat Smart Program will engage youth and their families in two diverse communities to learn how to grow, harvest, prepare, consume, recycle and study the nutrient value and benefit of food.
The proposed Impact Award project will focus on implementation and evaluate of an integrated database system for young children with disabilities in Milwaukee County, based on the results of a 2005 HWPP planning project, "System Planning for an Integrated Database for Children with Developmental Disabilities."
CCDM will effect prevention of complications by screening for/managing hypertension (HTN), diabetes (DM) and obesity (O) at churches and food pantries that serve Milwaukee's poor African Americans and by promoting low-cost medicine, nutrition, education and exercise in a tiered community model.
The intent of this project is to create a recovery-driven continuum of behavioral health care by integrating Peer Support throughout multiple, service delivery systems, which care for individuals with behavioral health needs.
Delay in diagnosing HIV infection leads to increased morbidity and mortality. Universal screening will improve outcomes but those at highest risk are still less likely to be tested. Social networks testing can improve identification of HIV positive patients and deserves further study.
The major purpose is to build on the successes of Project HOPE by promoting a direction chosen by the Community Advisory Board of improving health status of participants in the Agape community and by strengthening the community's capacity to address their own health needs.
The primary purpose of the Quality Home Care Project is to develop and evaluate assessment tools to measure the quality of home care currently being provided in Wisconsin.
This project will develop a deliberate and transparent collaborative plan between statewide public health system partners to advance the state health plan system priority of a diverse, sufficient, and competent public health workforce.
This MMC/MCW project will promote health improvement in Milwaukee by building health policy leadership capacity; a summer 2008 women's leadership pilot program for college students and MCW students will lead to MMC curricular enrichment and mutual community service learning opportunities.
We will work together to assess and develop a culturally appropriate diabetes peer health promoter model to facilitate better self-care of diabetes in Hispanic families in Waukesha County.
The purpose of the Milwaukee Food & Fitness Initiative is to integrate the systems and services of a newly formed coalition of food, fitness, health, academic and community organizations and develop new programs to improve the nutrition and fitness of Milwaukee's urban children and their families.
The purpose of this project is to create a partnership between health care, local domestic violence agencies, the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault/Milwaukee Health Department and MCW faculty to improve the emotional and physical health of women in Milwaukee County who are impacted by intimate partner violence.
The goal of this two-phase project is to reduce the rates of sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancies among African American adolescents in the city of Milwaukee. The objectives of phase two are 1) to form the Milwaukee Alliance for Sexual Health (MASH) as a robust network of partners committed to working together toward this goal; and 2) to prioritize and implement recommendations from the Strategic Plan.
This project aims to reduce nutrition-related health risks and disparities in an inner-city, African-American, Milwaukee neighborhood by expanding a community-based health coalition and improving access to nutritious, affordable food through a comprehensive, farm-to-fork strategy and pilot programs.
This project aims to empower children to act as change agents to support a healthy cardiovascular lifestyle through an evidenced based comprehensive school health promotion program.
The project will build on the demonstrated successes of the patient navigation/ community health worker concept to develop a culturally appropriate model to assist the Fox Cities Hispanic community to access and effectively utilize health care services and to secure implementation funding.
This project will assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the current health services infrastructure in Wisconsin schools, and will result in a comprehensive call to action report on the status of school health services, including policy recommendations for key stakeholders.
This project will use a Community Readiness Model to determine readiness and capacity of small and large lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities in Wisconsin to address intimate partner violence (IPV). Outcomes include increasing community leadership and connection to IPV services within LGBT communities and a three-year action plan to provide IPV support services based on readiness levels of specific communities.
This partnership will result in the formation of an Alcohol Risk Reduction Task Force in La Crosse to address the burden of at-risk alcohol use and abuse and injury.
New approaches are needed to identify HIV-positive individuals who have not been previously tested. We propose to expand an existing Social Network Testing (SNT) pilot program to improve diagnosis of HIV in vulnerable populations.
The Crisis Resource Center (CRC) will improve the care of people experiencing psychiatric crises by providing recovery-driven, crisis prevention and intervention services, which will empower individuals to achieve and maintain mental health stability.
The primary goals of this project are to increase the health literacy and knowledge of health resources for women and families in a predominantly Latino community.
Riverwest Health Initiative II will continue its community health improvement process by implementing and evaluating interventions that target health priorities identified in Riverwest's strategic health plan and continue building community health capacity.
This project seeks to impact morbidity and mortality from chronic disease through increased disease prevention and health promotion activities for the mostly rural underserved population in four western Wisconsin counties.
This project will expand a successful faith based partnership to increase leadership capacity and address health needs of Milwaukee youth through mentoring programs with lay health advisors.
This project will implement a major recommendation of the oral health action plan, Healthy Teeth = Healthy Kids to provide primary, secondary and tertiary level care by a consortium of organizations utilizing a school-based oral health care model.
The purpose of this project is to prevent suicide and non-fatal suicide attempts in Kenosha County by increasing access to mental health care, increasing awareness and education and reducing access to lethal means.
We aim to reduce socioeconomic and health disparities in an urban, African-American, Milwaukee neighborhood by strengthening a community-based health coalition and implementing programs to promote healthy life skills and community self-sufficiency.
Our objective is to decrease violent, intentional injuries and improve mental health by providing the Staying Alive violence prevention curriculum to 4,500 6th grade children in Milwaukee Public Schools via firefighters, community workers and teachers.
Milwaukee Health Care Partnership (MHCP) plans to implement and evaluate the ED to Medical Home Referral and Retention Project for the dual purposes of ED diversion and linking low-income patients to primary care medical homes in Federally-Qualified Health Centers.
This project aims to increase the capacity for systematically delivering information to support household water management decisions among Wisconsin residents that are responsible for their drinking water safety with a goal of reducing water related illness.
Well City Milwaukee will assist employers to deliver results oriented wellness programs as a strategy to enhance the health and wellbeing of their workforce, manage health care expenditures and raise awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyles.
This project will establish the Wisconsin Community Health Worker (CHW) Network to cultivate training and networking opportunities for CHWs and their supporters throughout Wisconsin.
This project will identify gaps in knowledge, communication, and system navigation among medical providers, families and child welfare workers serving medically fragile foster children, toward creation of a curriculum to improve skills and cross system collaboration.
Empowering WIC families to reduce exposure to environmental health risks through health assessment and educational initiatives that will ultimately reduce health disparities in children.
School nurses are pivotal to helping students and families address health concerns and establish lifelong healthy behaviors. This project builds a diverse and knowledgeable school nurse work force, concentrating on the needs in Milwaukee Public Schools.
The project aims to improve the foster care model by developing teams from faith communities that assist quality foster parents in their vocation, thus decreasing their attrition rate and consequently enhancing the well being of youth in foster care.
This planning project will develop community partnerships and conduct a needs assessment to explore the feasibility of implementing a doula program for teen mothers in Beloit in order to address health disparities and increase maternal and child health.
This proposal aims to identify and prevent treatable disease in prospective Wisconsin blood donors who are not allowed to donate because of anemia, through the use of an interventional tool and increased awareness about the need for further evaluation.
The goal of this project is to build capacity within Wisconsin's independent public health institute so that it can best carry out its mission of inspiring Wisconsin's business and policy leaders to adopt effective population-based prevention strategies.
Little is known regarding effective interventions for increasing the numbers of Latino and African-American health professionals; we hypothesize that AA and Latino middle school students' interest in the health professions will increase following a school-based intervention.
The purpose of Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior: Underage Access is to reduce underage access and use of alcohol in La Crosse County by translating evidence-based strategies into action according to a community-developed strategic plan.
The intent of the planning grant is to expand the competencies of nurse case managers to confidently include oral health prevention and promotion services in their work with low income, disabled women and their children.
Despite significant, often service-related, health problems, returning veterans and their families underuse available healthcare and social resources. We will explore the use of trained peer counselors to facilitate use of these services.
The goal of this project is to develop cross cultural strategies to address the healthcare needs of the Hmong community in Milwaukee, WI with regard to mental health and preventable diseases.
This project aims to reduce the burden of intentional and unintentional injuries in Wisconsin by supporting the development of community-based injury prevention coalitions across Wisconsin. These public-private community-based coalitions will bring together professionals and interested citizens with a vested interest in reducing injuries. Together, they will identify, prioritize, and intervene to change areas of injury that have the most impact on their communities. This program is unique to Wisconsin and has the potential to be a model for other state and local partnerships by providing resources, guidance and leadership to coalitions in their injury prevention planning and evaluation. This project is also unique in that it brings together both medical schools and the state health department to form a partnership whose mission is to work collaboratively with the county health departments and other community-based organizations to prevent injuries in Wisconsin.
The Riverwest Health Initiative is a grassroots coalition working to create a healthier community by addressing a range of factors that affect the overall well-being of residents' lives. The project aims to prepare and analyze community health profiles by conducting a community health assessment, identifying and prioritizing community strengths and needs, developing a strategic health plan to address community needs, and identifying health improvement efforts for the top health priorities. A community health liaison will facilitate community engagement and provide referrals. The project will increase community coalition participation; increase parent education of healthy lifestyles and resources; ensure immunizations at Franklin Pierce and Fratney schools and participating Children's Outing Association (COA) Centers; decrease rates of reported juvenile crime and substance abuse; increase the number of community youth linked to a medical home; and, increase the number of children birth to three years attending COA's Centers that receive developmental screenings.
This project aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity and overweight in Ashland, Bayfield, Iron, Price and Sawyer counties. The project uses a multi-faceted approach and evidence-based interventions to change the social norms to support good nutrition and increase physical activity. Each county will develop a comprehensive community action plan that coordinates with local school districts, community centers, churches, employers, and local government to improve fitness and increase nutrition. Ongoing evaluation is an integral part of this project.
This project aims to improve the health of women in Wisconsin by strengthening the primary and secondary prevention of intimate partner violence (domestic violence) in the health care system. The project will develop, implement and evaluate a model training program that will help medical clinics and emergency departments establish a sustainable intervention for intimate partner violence. The project will build upon the extensive prior work of the partners conducting medical education in domestic violence and domestic violence advocacy to develop a state-of-the-art intervention model. While much prior work has focused upon training individual health professionals, this project will focus upon multiple levels of intervention to assure that intervention strategies are implemented and sustained in a cost-effective manner.
This project aims to conduct a unique, community-based intervention that involves a randomized trial of culturally-appropriate weight loss intervention for overweight Latino children in Milwaukee. The intervention promotes lifestyle changes through a low glycemic index weight loss regimen, one or more physical activities ranging from soccer to hip-hop dance, and dietary counseling including cooking classes for parents. In addition to weight reduction for overweight Latino children, the project has the potential to reduce missed school days and improve self-esteem and quality of life.
This project aims to develop, implement, and sustain a health advocate program at five Milwaukee public housing sites. The project focus is on changing human behavior through peer influence and social support by recruiting and training residents to become health advocates for their housing sites. Advocates will conduct health risk assessments of residents, conduct health promotion activities, sustain and evaluate the program. A health plan will be completed for each housing site. The residents will demonstrate increased knowledge of health risks, report social support for healthy behavior change, and report healthier lifestyle behavior.
This project aims to reduce health risk factors related to cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes in African American church-based communities. Church Health Action Teams (CHATs) will be recruited from congregations to conduct baseline assessments of their communities and develop interventions through education. The project will increase church members' knowledge of health risks and strategies for risk reduction, increase the number of church members who identify CHATs as a health resource, and increase CHAT members' knowledge of implementing health risk assessments.
This project aims to develop a best practice model for the delivery of dental health education and dental health services for low income uninsured and underinsured residents in Dodge and Jefferson Counties by developing a free, sustainable dental clinic.
This project aims to conduct a comprehensive health assessment of the Agape service area and strengthen the capacity of the community by using community-based participatory research (CBPR). Nursing students will be involved in all phases of the CBPR process.
This project aims to develop a curriculum that will include structured, age appropriate activities to improve the nutritional and exercise behaviors of pre-school, school age, teen, and adult caregivers to prevent or lower the risks of health and lifestyle problems that are related to overweight, obesity, poor diet, and lack of exercise.
This project aims to assess community mental health needs in order to increase the availability of and access to local health service options by prioritizing the mental health needs of the area, creating a strategy for long term support for mental health programs, creating an implementation plan for how to increase access to services and disseminating results.
This project aims to develop a coalition of free and low cost clinics to understand and address the needs of the uninsured. The goal of the coalition is to learn as much as possible about those who lack sufficient financial resources to qualify for any kind of insurance, but yet choose to electively and non-emergently access safety net health care providers.
This project aims to develop a community-based health collaborative that will use a health improvement model to identify and address the physical, emotional, spiritual and financial health needs of women offenders in the community.
The Healthier Cumberland Coalition works to address health improvement in the Cumberland area by fostering healthy eating habits, increased physical activity, and improved levels of fitness. This project aims to develop a school-based program to address nutrition and fitness for children and their families with the long-term goal of reducing the incidence of overweight and obesity.
This project aims to increase the accessibility of primary and preventive health services to children having developmental delays, disabilities, or complex medical and social issues, from culturally diverse low-income families. The project will also create a continuity of care between the primary physician and community service providers.
This project aims to improve the health outcomes for southeastern Wisconsin's African American older adults through the use of uniquely trained volunteers. These volunteers will provide culturally appropriate health education, social support and health advocacy through churches where these volunteers and older adults are members. The project will recruit volunteers, develop a curriculum, and implement two programs.
This project aims to review the screening practices of health care professionals for domestic violence in five south central Wisconsin counties. Survey results will allow implementation of more effective screening programs, prevention activities, and violence intervention strategies.
This project aims to evaluate existing oral health programs in Waukesha County and propose a viable delivery model for comprehensive dental care to low income, underinsured, Hispanic families. The project will complete a community assessment, conduct a comparative analysis of existing dental care models demonstrating best practices, develop a model of dental services and community-based prevention tailored to Waukesha County, create a business plan, and write grant applications.
This project aims to study needs, map assets, and develop a strategic plan for reducing risk and incidence of physical, emotional, and material abuse of older adults in Milwaukee County.
This project aims to decrease the morbidity and mortality of children ages 4-8 from unintentional injuries and deaths resulting from motor vehicle crashes. The pilot program will lay the groundwork for a Booster Seat Educational Campaign targeting the inner city of Milwaukee.
This project aims to build capacity and strengthen systems by fostering collaboration to address fall prevention among rural seniors aged 75 and older. The project will establish a screening system for elderly Barron County residents; those at high risk will participate in fall prevention interventions tailored to their particular risk factors. Interventions include home hazard assessment, balance training and medication consultation.
This project aims to plan the development of an integrated database for identifying and tracking children with developmental delays or disabilities birth to 3 years of age in Milwaukee County. This system will facilitate cooperation and data sharing among the partners and will be used to support agencies providing services to these children.
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