HWPP Strategic Component
On July, 2016, AHW launched an ambitious eight-year initiative to address pressing behavioral health needs in communities around the state of Wisconsin.
With a unique investment structure, an academic partner team, and the creation of a network of community coalitions convened around one health topic, this initiative exemplifies AHW’s changemaking approach to improving health in Wisconsin.
Ten Community Coalitions have completed a funded learning year, are now in the five-year implementation period, and will dedicate two years to the scale and replication of successful projects.
Approximately $15M will be available for up to 10 Community Partnerships over 8 years. The 8-year funding period will be divided into three phases:
The 10 coalitions are formed by multiple non-profit groups, community organizations, public health officials, American Indian tribal groups, and others devoted to improving health. They represent counties across the state: Ashland, Bayfield, Brown, Calumet, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Grant, Green, Iowa, Iron, La Crosse, Lafayette, Marathon County, Milwaukee, Oneida, Outagamie, Racine, Richland, Sawyer, Washburn, Winnebago, and Vilas.
The diversity of the coalitions extends to the range of community-based issues they address, from substance and alcohol abuse to child behavioral health, and workplace access to behavioral health support and prevention, and more. The initiative demonstrates that behavioral health -- which includes mental health -- is a complex web of conditions with a variety of causes and treatments. In many cases, social and environmental factors contribute to the problem, and in all cases, prevention is an effective way to reduce incidents and the demand for treatment. Outcomes from the initiative are expected to be long-term and sustainable in nature, due to the preventive approach, and the impact is expected to be compounded across populations and communities due to the potential for the 10 Community Coalitions to influence both other communities and statewide practice.
How else is AHW helping?
This behavioral health initiative, designed and driven by the AHW Endowment, complements the AHW investment in MCW regional medical schools in Green Bay and Wausau, which opened in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Those campuses are dedicated to addressing provider shortages in those regions.