Riverwest Health Initiative (RHI)

Project Overview (PDF)

4th Funding Cycle Impact Award

    Project Start Date:          July 1, 2008
    Project End Date:            June 30, 2011 - No Cost Extension Through: December 31, 2011
    Original Award Amount:     $448, 961
    Adjusted Award Amount:   $369,033*

Project Goal Statement: 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.

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  Community Partners:

Primary Community Partner: COA Youth and Family Centers
Additional Community Partner Organization Names:

  • Columbia St. Mary's
  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, College of Nursing
  Academic Partner:

Primary Academic Partner: James Sanders, MD, MPH, Department of Family and Community Medicine

  Project Progress Summary Reports:
  Affiliated Web Pages:
  Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)
  • Articles
    • Article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the Wright Street Resource Center. Fall 2010.
  • Outreach Materials / Events
    • Featured in regular reports in the Riverwest Currents
    • Developed project website
    • Interviewed by WUWM about re-entry of ex-offenders into the neighborhood and services available. Spring 2010.
    • Featured in two videos about the Wright Street Resource Center and the Community Garden at Kilbourn ParkSpring 2011.
  • Posters
    • Poster presentation at Wisconsin Public Health Association Annual Conference - A Longitudinal Analysis of the Work of a District Nurse in a Community Health Improvement Program. Wisconsin Public Health Association Annual Conference. May 2011.
  • Presentations
    • Presentation to the Nursing Science: Care of Aggregates Class. Spring and Fall 2010.
    • Presentation to the United Way discussing the partnership between RHI and MMHC for a site visit of Aurora Family Service. Spring 2010.
    • Presentation at the MCW Partnerships in Action Conference. Fall 2010.
    • Lecture to senior nursing students at UW Milwaukee College of Nursing. Spring 2011.
    • Panel presentation at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting – A Longitudinal Study of Population Level Health Problems and Interventions. Academy Health Annual Research Meeting. Seattle, WA. June 13, 2011.
    • Workshop presentation at the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Behavioral Forum - A COPC Intervention on the Determinants of Health of an Inner City Neighborhood. Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Behavioral Forum. Chicago, IL. September 2011.
    • Panel presentation at WI Nurses Association Annual Meeting and Conference about the role of nursing in urban gardening. October 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 Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP)
P: 414.955.4350 | E: healthierwisconsin@mcw.edu