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News release: 2019 Policy & Systems Changes for Improved Health grant awards

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Announces $1.59 million in Awards to Advance Community Health Efforts Across Wisconsin

Funding brings AHW’s support of health research and community health improvement projects statewide to more than $263 million since 2004



Milwaukee, December 3, 2019 – The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) has announced its 2019 Policy and Systems Changes for Improved Health funding awards, with more than $1.59 million being awarded to four projects aimed at improving health outcomes in Wisconsin.


“At the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, we are working every day to make positive health outcomes possible for Wisconsin residents,” said Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, director of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment. “We look forward to supporting these partners in addressing critical health needs in their communities as part of our mission to make Wisconsin the healthiest state in the nation.”  


AHW’s investments through this innovative funding opportunity will support community-led partnerships in establishing new systems – or positively impacting existing systems – to address the root causes of poor health outcomes.


“Every day, we are surrounded by a variety of systems that influence our individual choices and the health outcomes in our lives,” added Dr. Ehrenfeld. “To create long-term, positive impacts on the health of entire populations, we must change how these systems function or relate to each other. This work can make healthy choices practical and available, especially to those most impacted by poor health outcomes.”


The following projects will begin their work in January 2020:


Douglas County | Douglas County Coordinated Community Response for Behavioral Health Crisis ($475,347)

Through a $475,347 award, a coalition of partners led by North Country Independent Living will facilitate transformational changes to Douglas County’s behavioral health system, creating a localized and sustainable framework for crisis response in a region where the lack of coordinated resources has resulted in a critical need for services.   


Milwaukee | Healthcare Collaborative Against Sex Trafficking ($399,618)

This $399,618 award to Convergence Resource Center will support a partnership of health care organizations and community service agencies in improving the quality of supportive resources available to adult victims of sex trafficking to improve the health and wellbeing of a population with complex health and social service needs.   


Milwaukee | Integrated Public Health Nursing Training & Internship Program ($400,000)

Through a $400,000 award, the Milwaukee Area Health Education Center will partner with key agencies to transform nursing education, creating an integrated public health nurse training program that will provide nursing students with exposure to and experience in public health to advance the future public health workforce.


Fox Valley | Project Zero: Every One Matters ($316,760)

This $316,760 award to the Winnebago County Health Department and the NEW Mental Health Connection will aim to stem a crisis, improving the ability of the health care systems beyond psychiatry, as well as non-clinical systems such as workplaces to support individuals in crisis and prevent suicide in a region where suicide rates have increased 66% over the last decade.

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