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2014 Foundation Grant Recipients

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is pleased to note the approval of the following grant awards for 2014 projects.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Barron County, Barron County
2014 Greenhouse to Garden Project
The BGCBC 2014 Greenhouse to Garden Project educates members on gardening, health, nutrition, and physical fitness. Harvested produce is used to make healthy snacks and incorporate into meals at the Club. Funds will be used for supplies and staff for a more productive greenhouse to garden project.
Award: $3,700

Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation, Milwaukee County
Urban Church Wellness Initiative
The Urban Church Wellness Initiative—a unique partnership that unites the Columbia St. Mary’s healthcare system and 90 central-city Milwaukee churches—will promote preventive health education, screening, and services for 10,000 people in need in 2013-2014.
Award: $5,000

Hortonville High School, Hortonville area
Farm 2 School
Expand school garden program by adding 8 gardens, a shed, garden tools, composters and watering supplies. These resources will be used in biology, health, family consumer science and food service. Overall goal is to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables to reduce the incidence of obesity and the onset of chronic disease caused by obesity.
Award: $2,700

LIFE Foundation of Cross Plains, Cross Plains area
Improving Fitness and Nutrition Year-Round in Cross Plains and Surrounding Areas
Develop a website for LIFE Foundation as a platform for distributing health and fitness information, announcing wellness events and soliciting community feedback.
Award: $500

Polk County Health Department, Polk County
Baby Behaviors Education Program
Educate and counsel low-income parents about infant cues, promoting positive caregiver-infant interactions. Education is provided at critical teaching points—third trimester and within six weeks of delivery. Outcomes include improved exclusive breastfeeding rates, decrease of early formula and solid food introduction, and decrease in formula overfeeding.
Award: $8,302 (Funded by the PIC Wisconsin Fund and the Joss Trust held by the Foundation)

Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital, Sauk City area
Reach Out and Read – Prairie Clinic
Reach Out and read is an early literacy program which takes advantage of medical providers access to children and families by providing new books and concrete advice during well child visits to encourage families to read together at home. This provides children with the skills needed for success in school.
Award: $2,000

Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers
Falls Prevention Project
This project will provide patients with red bags for their medications, instructions for each medication, a magnet to alert others of their bag, a session with a medical provider on medication organizers and offer falls prevention workshps. Grant funds will be used to purchase red bags, magnets and training for health educators.
Award: $2,500

Wisconsin Alliance of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics (WACPP), Statewide
Mental Health Webinar Series Supporting Primary Care Clinicians
Webinar series to provide education to primary care providers on child and adolescent mental and behavioral health case management. Pediatric case studies complement didactic presentations and live Q&A Sessions. Funding will be used to plan, promote and administer details of the series including CME accreditation and the technology platform.
Award: $6,000 (Funded by the Charles W. Landis, MD Memorial Fund held by the Foundation)

Wisconsin Emergency Management, Statewide
Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP)
Grant funds will support STEP, statewide emergency preparedness education program. Through STEP, teachers are supplied with a turn key classroom curriculum to prepare fifth grade students for various emergencies including fires, tornadoes, and floods. Students then share that knowledge and the emergency kit with their families.
Award: $2,500

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