Elder Community Health Upholders

Project Overview

4th Funding Cycle Impact Award
     Project Start Date: 7/1/2008
     Project End Date: 6/30/2011 - No Cost Extention Through: 12/31/2011

Project Goal Statement: 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.

Original Award Amount: $441,187
Adjusted Award Amount: $362,873*

Community Partners:
Primary Community Partner: American Cancer Society, Midwest Division, Wisconsin
Additional community partner organization names:

  • Arthritis Foundation Wisconsin Chapter
  • American Heart Association
  • Christ Presbyterian Church
  • Columbia College of Nursing
  • Incarnation Lutheran Church
  • Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church
  • Monumental Missionary Baptist Church
  • Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
  • Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
  • St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
  • Tabernacle Community Baptist Church
  • Victory Missionary Baptist Church
  • Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Southeast Wisconsin, Inc.

Academic Partners:
Primary Academic Partner: Jeffrey Morzinski, PhD, MSSW, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Additional Academic Partners:

  • Karen Krause-From, Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Alan Wells, PhD, MPH, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Project Progress Summary Reports:
     Project Progress Report Summary 7/1/2008 - 4/30/2009
     Project Progress Report Summary 5/1/2009 - 6/30/2009
     Project Progress Report Summary 7/1/2009 - 12/31/2009
     Project Progress Report Summary 1/1/2010 - 6/30/2010
     Project Progress Report Summary 7/1/2010 - 12/31/2010
     Project Progress Report Summary 1/1/2011 - 6/30/2011
     Project Final Report Summary  

Affiliated Web Pages:
    Arthritis Foundation Wisconsin Chapter
    American Heart Association
    Columbia College of Nursing
    Incarnation Lutheran Church
    Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church
    Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
    St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
    Tabernacle Community Baptist Church
    Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Southeast Wisconsin, Inc.

Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)

  • Articles
    • Article in Health Ministry Association Today – Growing Health Ministries in Urban, Medically Underserved Areas. Health Ministry Association Today. January 2012.
  • Awards
    • Nominated for Arthritis Foundation Innovation Award
    • Awarded the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine 2010 Community Partnership Award. May 2011.
    • ECHU Community Nurse awarded the Arthritis Foundation Life Improvement Volunteer of the Year. 2011.
  • Outreach Materials / Events
    • Engaged community volunteers to participate in an evaluation study entitled “Role-modeling as a Capacity Building Strategy for Church Based Volunteers: Lessons from the Elder Community Health Upholders” (Jan – June 2009)
    • Engaged three MCW Urban and Community Health Pathway students to develop an ECHU health information brochure – Improve your health: a guide for the older adult. Feb-June 2010.
    • Hosted Elder Health Ministry Summit, April 2010
    • Two ECHU nurses participated in discussions with the National Health Ministry Association regarding the Association’s future. California. June 2010.
    • Featured in Arthritis Foundation Newsletter Fall 2010 disseminated to 12,000 Wisconsin residents
    • Published and disseminated regular community newsletter (January 2010, April/May 2011, May/June 2011, December 2011)
    • Developed manual – Elder Community Health Upholders GUIDE to Implementing Faith Based Community Engagement. December 2011.
    • Developed manual – Elder Community Health Upholders GUIDE to Implementation: Information and tools to improve elder health through urban church community volunteers. December 2012.
  • Papers
    • Developed manuscripts
      • Training and Mentoring Volunteers to Promote Health in Churches. Submitted to the Journal of Christian Nursing. October 2011.
      • The Emergence of an Advocacy Model from Health Ministry Practices. Submission planned for June 2012.
  • Posters
    • Poster presentation of the evaluation study at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Research Forum, June 2009.
    • Poster presentation at Community Engagement for Health Conference – ECHU: Empowering Faith Communities to Improve Health. Community Engagement for Health Conference. Milwaukee, WI. October 26, 2010.
    • Poster presentation at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference – Teaching community health workers to train peers about hypertension. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference. New Orleans, LA. April 28, 2011.
    • Poster presentation at Wisconsin Public Health Association Annual Conference – Elder Community Health Upholders: Empowering Milwaukee Faith Communities to Improve Health. Wisconsin Public Health Association Annual Conference. Appleton, WI. May 25, 2011.
    • Poster presentation at MCW Department of Family and Community Medicine Research Forum, May 2011.
  • Presentations
    • Presentation at the 2nd Annual Milwaukee County Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition, Next Step Conference for Change – Morzinski JA and ECHU staff.  Upholding health in Milwaukee Churches: Steps to grow church-based advocacy. 2nd Annual Milwaukee County Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition, Next Step Conference for Change. Milwaukee, WI. October 2, 2009.
    • Presentation at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference – Partnering with churches to promote and sustain community health. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference. Vancouver, BC. April 27, 2010.
    • Workshop presentation at HWPP Community Engagement for Health Conference – Skills to advance Church-health Partnerships. Community Engagement for Health Conference. Milwaukee, WI. October 26, 2010.
    • Workshop presentation at Partnerships for Health:  Developing/Transforming Conference – Assessing Change in Health Program Participants. Partnerships for Health:  Developing/Transforming Conference. Menomonee Falls, WI. April 19, 2011.
    • Presentation at 44th Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference – Training community health workers to teach peers about chronic disease self-management: Outcomes and implications. 44th Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference. New Orleans, LA. April 28, 2011.

*In 2009 award amounts, based on the remaining budget, were adjusted to reflect the decline in endowment asset value due to the downturn in the economy.

Contact Us

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Research and Education Program (REP)
P: 414.955.8075 | E: ahw@mcw.edu

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP)
P: 414.955.4350 | E: healthierwisconsin@mcw.edu

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