Two central city religious organizations have been singled out to
receive Medical College of Wisconsin President’s Community Impact
Awards. The Word of Hope Ministries and SET Ministry were each
awarded grants of $25,000 to continue their program missions in
collaboration with the Medical College.
A third religious outreach program, Interfaith Senior Program, was also
awarded a grant. The Interfaith program primarily servesWaukesha
The President’s Community Impact Award is a new program created to
recognize community partners who share the Medical College’s
commitment toward health improvement. The program is funded by the
Office of the President of the Medical College.
“The Medical College is committed to creating a healthierWisconsin through
community partnerships and collaborations,” said John R. Raymond,
Sr., President and CEO of theMedical College. “With these annual
awards, we want to acknowledge those groups that have a history of
utilizing creative strategies and grass-roots efforts to provide
quality care in southeasternWisconsin.”
Word of Hope Ministries was granted a Partnership Sustainability Award of
$25,000 to continue the work of the BRANCH OUT (Building a Rejoiceful Alliance of Neighbors for Change and
Healing) program in Milwaukee.
BRANCH OUT consists of, 13 African-American churches, the City ofMilwaukee
Health Department, and the Center for Healthy Communities at the
Medical College. BRANCH OUT focuses its health-based activities on combating obesity, heart
disease, stroke, high-risk sexual behavior, nutrition improvement and
other social and economic factors that impact health.
SET Ministry received a Strengthening Capacity Support Award of $25,000
to serve Milwaukee’s most impoverished residents.
SET Ministry reaches out to more than 4,500 people at 22 locations every
year, providing compassionate care and partnering with educators to
train urban medical professionals.
As part of its long-term plan for sustainability, SET will use the award
for a leadership transition and to continue to build community
Interfaith Senior Programs, a program committed to improving the health
ofWaukesha County residents, received a Light the Way award of $5,000
to help senior citizens remain independent, while still receiving
much-needed medical care.
Interfaith will partner with Carroll College Health Sciences Area and the
Medical College on this project; Interfaith provides expertise in
providing community outreach services, Carroll College will provide
nursing student volunteers and a geriatric behavioral health
specialist, and the Medical College will provide geriatricians.
“These programs have been successful not only in leveraging community
resources to help others, but also by providing the tools to help
people help themselves. This puts families on a path to better
health,” said Joseph E. Kerschner, M.D., interim dean and executive
vice president of the Medical College.
Organizations considered for this year’s President’s Community Impact award
were required to be faith-based, grass-roots organizations
servingWisconsin residents; reflect a long-standing history of
collaboration with Medical College faculty, staff or students; and to
write a letter describing the way in which the organization serves a
community need, promotes diverse and creative collaborations, and
demonstrates a commitment to improving health.
The funding preference (i.e. faithbased) for the award will reflect a
different area of emphasis each year.