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Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment announces $1.7 million in awards to health improvement initiatives across Wisconsin

Milwaukee, June 18, 2018 – The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment has announced the award of more than $1.7 million to five projects aimed at improving health for residents statewide.

"At the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, we work to support promising solutions to health needs statewide," said Cheryl A. Maurana, PhD, founding director of the AHW Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). "We congratulate these partners on exciting proposals and look forward to supporting their work to advance health in their communities, regions, and statewide."

Projects awarded funding went through a rigorous review process following a call for proposals announced in December 2017. The following projects will begin work in July 2018:

Statewide | Bringing Dispatcher Assisted CPR Instructions to Every 9-1-1 Caller in Wisconsin ($581,928)
Through a $581,928 award to the Wisconsin EMS Association, regional health care coalitions across Wisconsin will work to bring the success of a pilot project in Milwaukee County – where the rate of bystander CPR has more than doubled – to every region of the state, developing regional systems that will increase the chance of survival for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest statewide.

Statewide | Wisconsin Native American Tobacco Network Smoke-Free Housing Initiative ($395,837)
Supported by a $395,837 award to the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, the Wisconsin Native American Tobacco Network and partners will support a community-driven process to develop and implement smoke-free policies in tribal housing, working to lower the rates of chronic diseases and cancer mortality among American Indians in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee | Safe & Healthy Streets: Enhancing Systems to Increase Walking & Biking Infrastructure in Milwaukee ($374,892)
With a $374,892 award to the Bike Fed of Wisconsin, the City of Milwaukee and partners will support active transportation in neighborhoods citywide by developing systems and protocols for engaging community residents and designing streets, sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails that will fit neighborhood and community needs while improving health outcomes, safety, and quality of life.

Milwaukee | Breaking the Cycle: Collective Impact to Reduce Effects of Childhood Witness to Family Violence ($374,055)
Through a $374,055 award to Sojourner Family Peace Center, a coalition of agencies will work to reduce the long-term, toxic effects of family violence on children through the development of a collective impact initiative that will advance a system in which collaborative, consistent response is available to children who witness family violence, aiming to decrease the likelihood a child who witnesses violence will continue the cycle in adulthood while also reducing the negative physical, behavioral, cognitive and social consequences of family violence to children.

In addition, an incubator award of $10,000 will support partner agencies in the Fox Valley region in developing a strategic plan for improved transit access to advance health outcomes of residents.

For more information about AHW, please visit the AHW website.

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