Policy & Systems Change Pathway

Weaving good health for all into the fabric of communities by enabling partners to challenge and change the complex policies and systems that will make good health practical and available to all across Wisconsin.


Propelling promising work and ideas to change the social, economic, health, and health care policies and systems that can create lasting, population-level health improvements across Wisconsin.

Partnering for Change …

with community-based nonprofit or government organizations that can lead collaborative, cross-sector coalitions

Creating Opportunities for Impact …

supporting our partners in creating lasting changes in health outcomes by

  • Investing in grant awards that help community-led coalitions change the systems that determine how we live, work, learn, and play
  • Connecting partners across sectors through programming that builds the skills and capacity for creating systems change
  • Influencing long-term, sustainable change through both funding and programming initiatives that support the sharing of ideas and knowledge

Producing Outcomes for a Healthier Wisconsin …

by promoting effective partnerships, translating and disseminating new knowledge, and developing effective programs, policies, and practices


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Funded Project Profiles

See how AHW-funded policy and systems change projects are making an impact for health in Wisconsin


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Building a Better System For All: Reducing Medication Misunderstandings Statewide

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Access to Safe Shelter for Women in Sex Work

Increasing access to safe housing for women in street prostitution in Milwaukee County

Reducing Medication Errors

Promoting the adoption and use of patient-centered prescription labels across health systems in Wisconsin

Using Food Hubs to Improve Community Health

Expanding the food distribution system to ensure that food banks have access to healthy, local foods

Wisconsin Medical Dental Integration Project

Integrating oral health services into primary care clinics and health systems

Implementing Standards of Excellence at Wisconsin Free & Charitable Clinics

Implementing Standards of Excellence at Wisconsin Free and Charitable Clinics (FCC)

Project Zero: Every One Matters

Improving response to and prevention of suicide in the Fox Valley region

See more funded projects on our funded project database.

Contact Us

For further information about this funding pathway, contact Yumari Ortiz at yortiz@mcw.edu.

Explore other pathways

We believe that change is sparked more rapidly and impact is greater when we work together. We seek out Wisconsin’s innovators, collaborators, and problem-solvers across four pathways:



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