Johnsons Park Health Alliance:
Building a Culture of Community Sufficiency for Health in the Fond du Lac and North Avenue Neighborhoods

Project Overview

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

Project Goal Statement: 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.

Original Award Amount: $450,000
Adjusted Award Amount: $372,407*

Community Partners:
Primary Community Partner: Fondy Food Center, Inc.
Additional community partner organization names:

  • Johnsons Park Neighborhood Association
  • SeedFolks Youth Ministry
  • Walnut Way Conservation Corp

Academic Partners:
Primary Academic Partner: Linda Meurer, MD, MPH, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Additional Academic Partners:

  • Syed Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, Department of Family and Community Medicine (through 12/31/2009)
  • Melanie S. Hinojosa, PhD, Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Melissa Holmquist, MS, 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:
     Fondy Food Center, Inc.
     SeedFolks Youth Ministry
     Walnut Way Conservation Corp

Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)

  • Articles
    • Article in Washington Park Beat newspaper on Alliance Cooking Clubs.
    • Article in Journal Sentinel Online – Grants promote healthier living: Community health projects are funded by endowment. Journal Sentinel Online. April 11, 2008.
  • Outreach Materials / Events
    • Featured in Walnut Way quarterly newsletter. Fall 2009. Provided updates of N2N programs and Lindsay Heights Neighborhood Health Association activities.
    • Engaged Health Advocate participants to present what they learned at Harvest Fest, House of Peace and the LHNHA meeting in October 2009.
    • Engaged G2M youth to create a PowerPoint related to their experiences and to present it to youth visitors from the Student Conservation Association and to the Global Studies Institute for K-12 teachers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Fall 2009.
    • Featured in Let’s Get Moving Newsletters. Spring 2010.
    • Featured in Alice’s Garden Newsletters. Spring 2010.
    • Featured in Johnsons Park Neighborhood Association Newsletter. Spring 2010.
    • Developed the Neighbor to Neighbor Program booklet. Spring 2011.
    • Developed the Friends of Lindsay Heights Cookbook. Spring 2011.
    • Developed the Get Up and Get Moving brochure. Spring 2011.
  • Poster
    • Poster presentation at Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine Research Forum – Holmquist M et al. Farm to Fork Community Food Assessment: Results of Neighborhood Focus Groups Designed to Assess Residents’ Perceptions of the Local Food System. Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine Research Forum.  June 2009.
  • Presentations
    • Presentation at Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine Research Forum – Caton Campbell M, Hinojosa M, et al.  Using Community Based Participatory Research Methods to Assess the Food System of a Milwaukee Community. Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine Research Forum. June 2009.
    • Presentation to the University of Wisconsin research fellows  - Meurer LN. Johnsons Park Health Alliance vs. Church’s Fried Chicken: A Community Advocacy Case Study. University of Wisconsin research fellows. March 31, 2009.
    • Presentation to the CBPR fellows at MCW – Meurer LN. Johnsons Park Health Alliance vs. Church’s Fried Chicken: A Community Advocacy Case Study. CBPR fellows at MCW. March 24, 2009.
    • Presentation to the University of Wisconsin School of Planning – Adams S. Gardens to Market: Restoring Urban Ecology. University of Wisconsin School of Planning. April 4, 2009.
    • Presentation at a roundtable discussion at the Milwaukee Community Health Research Forum - Adams S, Campbell MC, Meurer L. Getting to Know You: Innovations in Partnership Development and Nurture – The Lindsay Heights Neighborhood Health Alliance. A Conversation Café presentation at the Milwaukee Community Health Research Forum. Milwaukee, WI. November 2, 2009.
    • Presentation to Health Equity Leadership Institute – Building Collaborative Research Teams.  Health Equity Leadership Institute. June 16, 2010.
    • Presentation at Community Food Security Coalition Conference. New Orleans, LA. October 16-19, 2010.
    • Presentation at HWPP Community Engagement for Health Conference. Milwaukee, WI. October 26, 2010.

*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

Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
414-955-8296
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