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AHW Awards $250,000 Grant to Reduce Youth Alcohol, Drug Abuse in Rusk County

Mar. 26 - MCW’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment awarded Indianhead Community Action Agency $250,000 over two years to lead an initiative to reduce the prevalence of alcohol and other drug abuse among youth in northwest Wisconsin’s Rusk County. Dr. Sadhana Dharmapuri (Pediatrics – Adolescent Medicine) is the MCW partner on the project. Biz Times

HWPP Supports Benedict Center’s Initiative to Help Women Escape from Prostitution

Mar. 24 - MCW’s Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program provided funding support for the Benedict Center’s Sisters Diversion Program, an initiative to help women escape prostitution. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

John Rakowski Discusses Importance of Collaboration to Prevent Violence

Mar. 24 - John Rakowski (Institute for Health & Society – Violence Prevention Initiative) discusses the importance of widespread collaboration to prevent violence in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on “Unite Milwaukee,” a day-long conference to engage people in their community to prevent violence. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

AHW awards $250,000 to combat youth drug and alcohol abuse

Mar. 20 - The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment awarded $250,000 over two years to reduce the prevalence of alcohol and other drug abuse among youth in northwest Wisconsin’s Rusk County. BizTimes

Five-Year AHW Grant Supporting Violence Prevention Initiative to End on June 30

Mar. 10 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that a five-year, $8.2 million grant supporting the Violence Prevention Initiative will end on June 30, 2015. The grant was funded through MCW’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin. A portion of unspent funds from the grant will be used to pay for an outside evaluation of the program. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

AHW Endowment and MCW Invest $730,000 in Three Community-Academic Partnerships

Dec. 22 - The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) endowment will invest in three new community health awards totaling nearly $730,000. The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is the steward of the AHW endowment as it works to catalyze health improvement within the state.

Creating an accountable care system for uninsured populations

Nov. 17 - In 2013, Anthony was living at the Rescue Mission Shelter in Milwaukee when he discovered a lump in his neck. Anthony met with an outreach nurse visiting the shelter from St. Ben’s Clinic and was referred to St. Ben’s Clinic for further testing, where he found out he needed to see a specialist.

Healthy Leadership teams named

Nov. 6 - Five teams from across Wisconsin will participate in a year-long leadership training program to help them address their communities’ greatest health concerns. The program is cofounded by MCW and UWSMPH . Wisconsin Business

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment releases new research funding opportunity

Oct. 22 - The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment is seeking collaborative research projects aligned with the Medical College of Wisconsin’s research focus areas.

Study Led by Dr. Beyer to Determine Impact of Urban Park on Health Outcomes

Sept. 16 - A WUWM-FM report on Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center cites research being conducted by Kirsten Beyer, PhD to determine how an urban park affects knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and health outcomes among neighborhood residents. The project is supported by a grant from MCW’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment. WUWM

Sustaining health in the Home

July 23 - Hospitals provide vital acute care to older adults who are admitted with serious symptoms or traumas. Researchers have, however, also analyzed data suggesting that the hospital environment can contribute to accelerated functional decline in elderly patients.

Violence Prevention Initiative, Project Ujima Sponsor Summit to Prevent Gun Violence

July 17 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opinion editorial describes the work of the Coming Together Summit to begin a community-wide endeavor to prevent gun violence. MCW’s Violence Prevention Initiative, funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment, and MCW/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Project Ujima, were sponsors of the summit and co-authors of the opinion editorial. i>Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Study Finds that Outdoor Programs Reduce Childhood Fears of Nature

June 20 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on a 2012 study by MCW and UWM that found that Milwaukee children introduced to programs at the Urban Ecology Center’s outdoor programs reduced children’s fears of nature and increased their future likelihood of participation in outdoor activities. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Celebration of Urban Parks and Community Health Planned for June 7

June 05 - The public is invited to a celebration of urban parks and community health on June 7 at the Menomonee Valley Branch of the Urban Ecology Center. Wauwatosa Now

Community-based Chronic Disease Management Clinics Address Diabetes among the Poor

May 22 - Dr. Steven Magill tells the Milwaukee Neighborhood News that people in poverty have higher rates of diabetes, a major focus of the Community-based Chronic Disease Management Clinics. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

La Crosse Coalition Addressing Risky Drinking Behavior Receives AHW Excellence Award

May 22 - The La Crosse Tribune reports that MCW’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment gave an Excellence Award to the La Crosse-based Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition. La Crosse Tribune

Community Teams Program applications being accepted

May 22 - The Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute is offering its 9th annual Community Teams Program with a focus on partnerships and coalitions in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Downtown tour raises awareness of La Crosse’s drinking culture

May 13 - A story in the La Crosse Tribune profiles the series of deaths in the downtown La Crosse area over the last decade. Many of the deaths are related to drinking. La Crosse Tribune

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin moving from grant-maker to change-maker

May 12 - The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment celebrates its ten-year milestone with a new strategic plan that involves leveraging the successes of individual programs at a statewide level, working to become a convener for change, and working with health leaders on policies that will make every resident of Wisconsin healthier. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Boys and Girls Clubs Partner with Violence Prevention Initiative on Ripple Effect Milwaukee

May 07 - In an opinion editorial in the Milwaukee Courier, Vincent Lyles, President and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Boys and Girls Clubs, discusses the Boys and Girls Clubs’ collaborative projects. Milwaukee Courier

HWPP-Supported Project Provides Prostitutes with Drug Abuse and Mental Health Counseling

April 30 - A Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service article on community concerns about prostitution in Milwaukee’s Washington Park neighborhood notes that the Sisters Program, supported by an MCW Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program grant, is an outreach program providing prostitutes with drug abuse and mental health counseling. Milwaukee Neighborhood News

HWPP Award Supports Project to Aid Youth Victims of Sex Trafficking

April 29 - Wraparound Milwaukee is the lead agency receiving a two-year, $158,000 award from MCW’s Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP) for the Proactive Outreach for the Health of Sexually Exploited Youth project. GMToday

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