Riverwest Health Initiative

Project Overview (PDF)

1st Funding Cycle Implementation Award

Project Start Date: May 1, 2005
Project End Date: June 30, 2008
Award Amount: $450,000

Project Goal Statement: The Riverwest Health Initiative is a grassroots coalition working to create a healthier community by addressing a range of factors that affect the overall well-being of residents' lives. The project aims to prepare and analyze community health profiles by conducting a community health assessment, identifying and prioritizing community strengths and needs, developing a strategic health plan to address community needs, and identifying health improvement efforts for the top health priorities. A community health liaison will facilitate community engagement and provide referrals. The project will increase community coalition participation; increase parent education of healthy lifestyles and resources; ensure immunizations at Franklin Pierce and Fratney schools and participating Children's Outing Association (COA) Centers; decrease rates of reported juvenile crime and substance abuse; increase the number of community youth linked to a medical home; and, increase the number of children birth to three years attending COA's Centers that receive developmental screenings.

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  Community Partners:

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

  • Columbia St Mary's Family Health Center
  • Franklin Pierce School
  • OW Holmes Elementary School
  • Peace Learning Center
  • SDC Community Partners
  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, College of Nursing
  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Riverwest Pierce Community Nursing Center
  Academic Partner:

Primary Academic Partner: Jim 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
    • Monthly column by the community health liaison in the Riverwest Currents
    • Article in the Milwaukee BizTimes – The great harvest: Urban gardens render fresh produce. Milwaukee BizTimes. October 2-15, 2009.
    • Featured in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Coast Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 4. Fall 2009.
  • Outreach Materials/Events
    • Developed a brochure and door hanger describing the services of the community health liaison
    • Hosted a Health Care Reform Summit in conjunction with Citizen Action of Wisconsin to inform residents of health related proposals at the state level
  • Poster
    • Poster presentation at the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Conference. Minneapolis, MN. June 2006.
Contact Us

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP)
(414) 955-4350 | healthierwisconsin@mcw.edu