The Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP) of the Medical College of Wisconsin has announced thirteen new awards totaling $4,773,732. HWPP supports Wisconsin-based community-academic partnership projects to implement public health improvement initiatives that align with the aims of the State Health Plan (Healthiest Wisconsin 2020).
Since its first funding cycle in 2004, HWPP has awarded $30 million to 128 projects.
“Oh behalf of Medical College of Wisconsin and the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, we are honored to support Community Engaged Research through projects funded by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program,” said Cheryl A. Maurana, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Institutional and Community Engagement at the Medical College of Wisconsin. “These community-academic partnership projects continue to highlight the strengths of all project partners to improve the health of all Wisconsin residents.”
The Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program funds two types of projects. Development projects generally last two years and fund activities related to the formation or development of a partnership, project and/or program. Impact projects generally last five years and fund partnership activities related to the implementation of a program or partnership with significant impact.
Among the projects selected:
Diversity Matters: Recruiting Wisconsin’s Future Public Health Workforce. This program received $749,482 to increase the diversity of Wisconsin’s public health workforce. Community Partners include: Wisconsin Public Health Association; Wisconsin Division of Public Health Academic Partners: Peter Layde, MD, Kim Contardi, MPH, CHES and Jenny Her – Department of Emergency Medicine
Earlier is Better received $746,485 to reduce the dental caries experience of Wisconsin Early Head Start children through evidence-based prevention and educational interventions during Early Head Start programming. Community Partners: Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin; Wisconsin Head Start Association; Wisconsin Division of Public Health Oral Health Program Academic Partners: Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH – Department of Pediatrics; Lisa Olson and Chelsea Hamilton – Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children
More Than A Pretty Place: Activating Urban Parks to Improve Community Health and Wellness received $199,986 to understand how a new urban park, with complementary outreach and education, affects knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, assets/supports and health outcomes among neighborhood residents. Community Partners include: Urban Ecology Center; Menomonee Valley Partners Academic Partners: Kirsten M. Beyer, PhD, MPH – Institute for Health and Society; Amy Kistner – Department of Family and Community Medicine
Reducing Racial Disparities Through Improved Hypertension Control in African Americans. This program received $188,955 to develop, implement and evaluate a portable, cost-effective hypertension control strategy in a primary care setting serving low-income African Americans. Community Partners include: Westside Healthcare Association; Wisconsin Primary Healthcare Association; Lindsay Heights Neighborhood Alliance; American Heart Association; Milwaukee Area Health Education Center; Center for Urban Population Health Academic Partner: Theodore Kotchen, MD – Department of Medicine.
For more information about the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program, visit www.mcw.edu/healthierwisconsin.