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Medical College of Wisconsin awards $2.3M for nine projects

Oct. 28, 2013 College News - The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP) will fund nine new community health projects totaling $2.3 million.

One Impact award will receive approximately $750,000 over five years and eight Development awards will receive approximately $200,000 each over two years.  Projects are selected for funding through a rigorous process led by the MCW Consortium on Public and Community Health, comprised of MCW and public members.

This year’s Impact award, aimed at implementing a health promotion and disease prevention program, supports efforts to reduce lead exposure in two urban Milwaukee neighborhoods that actively practice urban farming to develop new skills and grow affordable, healthy food. The new Development awards, aimed at program planning and pilot projects, include funding for a statewide project aiming to improve the detection and treatment of maternal depression, as well as a new program looking to reduce binge drinking in three rural counties.

“The MCW Consortium on Public and Community Health endorses the new projects funded by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program as part of MCW’s commitment to improve the quality of health throughout Wisconsin,” said Cheryl A. Maurana, PhD, Director of Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin and MCW Consortium member.

HWPP is a program of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment created by funds generated from Blue Cross & Blue Shield United of Wisconsin’s conversion to a for-profit corporation.  HWPP awards funding to partnerships between academics and community health and non-profit organizations for urban, rural and statewide health improvement projects in Wisconsin.

Since 2004, HWPP has invested $46.2 million in more than 145 community-academic health improvement projects.  For more information on individual projects, please visit HWPP’s website.

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