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Society encouraged by state’s support of federal grants

Release Date: July 14, 2011
Contact: Lisa Hildebrand - 608.442.3765 lisa.hildebrand@wismed.org

Madison, Wis. (July 11, 2011) – The state of Wisconsin’s decision to allow the city of Milwaukee, University Health Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and others to apply for federal grants supporting important public health initiatives will provide state residents with much-needed assistance to achieve healthy lifestyles.

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is partnering with University Health Services for one of the grants – the statewide Community Transformation Implementation Plan – and with the Milwaukee coalition led by the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee for another. The Foundation supports medical education and public health initiatives through numerous venues, including its CHAMP (Community Health Action via Medical Partnership) Program.

“The Wisconsin Medical Society commends the state Department of Health Services for its support of the good work being done across the state to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes,” said Society Vice President Tim Bartholow, MD. “Physicians and health care professionals dedicate themselves each and every day to serving the people of Wisconsin, and grants like these are critical to their passionate efforts.”

CHAMP teams discuss, evaluate, prioritize, design and implement evidence-based activities to improve the health of community members. The program links physicians, public health departments, social service organizations, employers, health care delivery systems and educators to develop and implement community health innovation.

“Investment in prevention is vital to our state’s health, and the programs like CHAMP are an essential aspect in the effort to support wellness and educate community members,” said Rebecca Thompson, executive director of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation. “Physicians are eager to further support and advance prevention initiatives in our state, and this grant would provide much-needed support to their community outreach efforts.”

With nearly 12,500 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and has been a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.

For details, visit www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org. More information about the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation, chartered in 1955 as a charitable organization, also is available online at www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org/foundation.