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Closing the Gap: Improving Access to Care in Rural Wisconsin by Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Practitioners

May 27, 2021, Posted by AHW Endowment

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In Wisconsin, there’s a shortage of primary care physicians. While the number of physicians in the state has increased 13% over the last decade, the number of primary care doctors has only increased 7%. 

It’s a shortage that is hitting rural Wisconsin hard. With specialties that include family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics, primary care practitioners are often a patient’s first contact for diagnosing a health issue. In rural communities, they are relied on to treat a wider variety of health issues since specialists are often located in more densely populated areas. 

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AHW Announces Dr. Ugwuji N. Maduekwe as Deputy Director

May 20, 2021, Posted by AHW Endowment

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The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) is pleased to announce that Ugwuji N. Maduekwe, MD, MMSc, MPH, has been named deputy director of the statewide health philanthropy. Dr. Maduekwe will begin her work with AHW on August 15, 2021.

At AHW, Dr. Maduekwe will support AHW’s ongoing efforts to address health disparities across Wisconsin, including in AHW’s current focus areas of heart health, mental and behavioral health, and cancer. In addition to her role at AHW, Dr. Maduekwe will continue her clinical care for patients as the Director of Regional Therapies for the Department of Surgery at MCW (Division of Surgical Oncology).

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AHW-Funded Partners, Board Member to Receive Wisconsin Public Health Awards

May 7, 2021, Posted by AHW Endowment

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AHW is thrilled to extend congratulations to two AHW-funded projects that have been selected to receive awards from the Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) for their impactful work to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin. The winners will receive their awards during a virtual awards ceremony on May 25.

Laura Waldvogel, MSEd, CEO of Family Health La Clinica – Excellence in Public Health Research Award
AHW-funded project: Education and Empowerment for Wisconsin Migrant Seasonal Agriculture Workers

The award acknowledges Family Health La Clinica’s support of the health of migrant and seasonal agricultural workers and their employers in Wisconsin through the development of education, resources, and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wisconsin faced many challenges protecting the health of the 6,000 migrant seasonal agriculture workers that arrive each year. Family Health La Clinica responded and helped to bring together key organizations and agencies to collaborate and complete testing and safety education at 46 employer worksites in 23 counties across Wisconsin.

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Breaking the Cycle of Family Violence: Leveraging Technology to Support Children

April 29, 2021, Posted by AHW Endowment

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The Family Peace Center, located in Milwaukee, first opened in 2015 as a partnership between Children’s Wisconsin and Sojourner and is now the state’s largest provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services. It houses 18 service agencies focused on various aspects of helping families heal from the trauma of violence. In 2018, the organization noticed that the children of the adults they serve were not receiving services at the rate they expected. A routine client survey showed that while 80 percent of respondents had children, less than 25 percent of those children were being connected to services.

Children who witness family violence experience a variety of negative biological, behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and social consequences and are at a greater risk of perpetrating or being victimized by violence as adults—making it crucial they have access to services that allow them to process their emotions and heal.

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Funding News: AHW Awards Funds to Support COVID-19 Vaccination Outreach in Milwaukee County

April 27, 2021, Posted by AHW Endowment

The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW), a statewide health philanthropy based at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), has announced a $230,000 funding award to support a coalition of partners in increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates in Milwaukee County, with a focus on 10 highly impacted and high-risk ZIP codes.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the systemic disparities in health equity that exist based on race and ethnicity in our state that have had a significant impact in Milwaukee County in particular,” said Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, director of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment and senior associate dean at the Medical College of Wisconsin. “To address these disparities, we aim to support the expansion of work to reach Milwaukee County’s highly impacted and vulnerable residents while building a model that can inform continuing efforts across the state.”

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