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2015 Foundation Grant Recipients

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is pleased to announce grant awards for the following 2015 projects.

Altoona School District
Common Ground Garden
This program aspires to provide the Altoona schools and community with nutritious food, nutrition education, crop production, and crop consumption. The results will be evident though student knowledge, food assistance for local food banks, and a healthier community.
Award: $4,500

Clark County Health Department
Addressing Mental/Behavioral Health Needs in Clark County through Evidence-based Training
This project aims to increase the knowledge, skills and abilities among fifteen non-psychiatric trained individuals (providers and lay health workers) to effectively assist those in mental/behavioural health “crisis” through training and application of the QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) model in Clark County.
Award: $6,000

Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical School Anatomy Lab Body Donors as “Educators” of High School Students Pertaining to Health Behaviors and Preventable Disease
This project maximizes the educational benefit of medical school anatomy lab cadavers by providing an opportunity for high school Anatomy & Physiology students to learn about anatomy, physiology, healthy behaviors, preventable disease, and health careers from medical students.
Award: $250

Richland Medical Center
Food for Life: Physician Led Community Education
The Richland Medical Center will institutionalize an innovative prevention program to help Richland County address the high prevalence of obesity. Family physicians will assess readiness of their patients, provide an educational program on the Mediterranean diet and create a system to follow-up and monitor patient progress on key health indicators.
Award: $3,150

Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital Foundation
Reach Out and Read – Prairie Clinic
Reach Out and Read is a research proven early literacy program which takes advantage of medical providers’ relationship with and access to children and families. Physicians provide new age-appropriate 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 and is tied to a healthier life.
Award: $2,000

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Commit to be Fit
This before school program will provide an opportunity for middle school students to be physically active. The program, led by university students, will provide a fun, non-competitive option to increase physical activity in those students who generally do not participate in elective physical activities.
Award: $2,217

Upland Hills Health, Inc.
Iowa County PEARS (Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition Stabilization) Coalition Pilot Program
Funds would be used to conduct a pilot program to determine the effectiveness of the PEARS program, which focuses on medical emergencies involving youth. Based on the success of the pilot program, the Coalition will offer training to all area EMS providers, as well to EMS providers from surrounding counties.
Award: $4,170

Wisconsin Emergency Management
STEP (Student Tools for Emergency Planning)
Student Tools for Emergency Planning, or STEP, is an emergency preparedness education program. STEP is a turn-key classroom curriculum for teachers to prepare 5th grade students for various emergencies including fires, tornadoes, and floods. STEP shows students how to put together an emergency kit and develop an emergency plan with their families.
Award: $2,750

Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.
Let’s Talk About Medicine
Health Literacy Wisconsin will expand on a successful pilot program, funded by the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation, to deliver twenty-four interactive educational workshops for adults about understanding and acting on medication label information. Funds will be used to set-up and deliver the workshops based on health literacy principles and include the “Let’s Talk About Medicine” workbook.
Award: $10,000

Wisconsin Medical Society
The Heart of the Profession: Looking Deeper Into Physician Effectiveness and Satisfaction
The Wisconsin Medical Society will conduct CME activities at the 2015 Annual Meeting focused on Physician Effectiveness and Satisfaction.
Award: $11,680

Wisconsin Medical Society
Leading Healthy Work Systems – Innovative Leadership Program
The Wisconsin Medical Society will provide four scholarships for the Leading Healthy Work Systems – Innovative Leadership Program, hosted by the Wisconsin Medical Society in the Spring of 2015. The funds will cover tuition and travel expenses, most specifically for students and residents.
Award: $2,600

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