COVID-19 Response



In 2020, as COVID-19 arrived in Wisconsin, AHW stepped forward to deliver support to active grantees while also rapidly developing and releasing a statewide funding opportunity that ultimately enabled partners across public and community health, health care, and biomedical and population health to respond collaboratively.

Today, our work has pivoted from a rapid response toward sustained support and recovery. We continue to connect across the state to identify where critical needs remain, and where our work can best address the root causes of inequities that COVID-19 so clearly highlighted.

by the numbers

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Extensions to Active Grantees
 helping funded projects adjust to the impacts of COVID-19 on research and community health initiatives

 

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Rapid Response Funding
awarded in April 2020, launching early efforts to respond to COVID-19 across Wisconsin

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Awarded to Vaccine Outreach
furthering equitable access to vaccination information and resources in Wisconsin's most densely populated county

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Collaborators Engaged
through individual outreach to inform AHW's long-term response to health needs and health equity in Wisconsin

Outcomes & highlights

funded projects

In April 2020, AHW announced the award of $4.8 million to 17 projects that aimed to take immediate actions to protect health and support the response to COVID-19 in Wisconsin over the earliest and most difficult days of the pandemic response.

One year later, as COVID-19 vaccines rolled out nationwide, AHW announced an additional award to support a coalition working to increase vaccination rates in Milwaukee County, focusing on highly impacted and high-risk ZIP codes.

Explore each of the funded projects below.
 

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3-D Printed Protective Gear

Prototyping and producing reusable personal protective equipment for health care and law enforcement professionals in southeast Wisconsin

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Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Through an Equity Lens

Increasing individual action to increase the COVID-19 vaccination rate of Milwaukee County adults

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Convalescent Plasma for Treatment of Patients with COVID-19

Testing the use of blood plasma as a treatment and preventive measure against COVID-19 in Wisconsin

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COVID-19 Emergency Management Assistance for Wisconsin Tribes

Implementing strategic emergency practices to prevent COVID-19 in Wisconsin's Native communities

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Educating the Hmong Community About COVID-19

Developing culturally appropriate COVID-19 prevention messaging for Hmong populations in Wisconsin

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Education & Empowerment for Migrant Seasonal Agriculture Workers in Wisconsin

Providing COVID-19 guidance to agricultural workers and their employers

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Epidemiologic Intelligence to Support Decision-Making in Milwaukee

Establishing a dynamic, responsive, decision-supportive data analysis resource for Milwaukee County

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Locally Manufactured PPE & Other Medical Equipment

Producing personal protective equipment to protect medical professionals in central Wisconsin from COVID-19

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Mobilizing Social Media Influencers for COVID-19 Prevention, Care, and Coping

Engaging community influencers to increase COVID‐19 prevention, stigma‐reduction, and coping steps in Wisconsin

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Powered by 211: Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Scaling 211 capabilities and strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

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Presence of SARS-CoV-2 in Stool of COVID-19 Cases

Assessing the potential transmission of COVID‐19 through stool to better understand and prevent the spread in Wisconsin

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Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Elderly African Americans in Milwaukee

Providing COVID-19 education and testing for elderly African Americans in congregate living situations in Milwaukee

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Reducing the Transmission & Impact of COVID-19 on the Transgender Community

Providing culturally competent services and COVID-19 prevention information to transgender individuals in Wisconsin

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Rural Health Education & Community COVID-19 Response

Mitigating the spread of COVID-19 through patient and public education initiatives across northern Wisconsin

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STOP COVID-19

Developing community-led, culturally responsive messaging, micro-campaigns, and supports for communities of color in Milwaukee County

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Telehealth Solutions in Wisconsin's Free & Charitable Clinics

Implementing a telehealth infrastructure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for vulnerable populations in Wisconsin

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The Effectiveness of Personal Protective Equipment Across Wisconsin Nursing Homes

Measuring the effectiveness of personal protective equipment in nursing homes

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Using Behavioral Nudges to Improve Preventive Health Behaviors & Limit COVID-19 Spread

Using behavior change tactics to reduce the spread of COVID‐19 in Wisconsin

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Find a searchable listing of funded projects in the AHW Funded Project Listing.

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