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Foundation awards more than $60,000 in grants for 2015

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is proud to announce $60,157 in grant awards to 11 health programs and 14 school gardens in 2015. These grants will directly impact Wisconsinites in more than 50 counties and will help address important community or statewide efforts related to obesity, mental health access, health literacy, emergency preparedness, pediatric emergency care and physician satisfaction.

In addition to two grants awarded to the Wisconsin Medical Society on the issue of physician satisfaction, one of the largest grants awarded by the Foundation this year was $10,000 to Health Literacy Wisconsin’s “Let’s Talk About Medicine” program.

In 2013, the Foundation awarded a grant to Wisconsin Health Literacy to develop and conduct 12 pilot workshops focused on educating adults, especially seniors and their caregivers, on how to understand medication labels and communicate effectively with pharmacists. Leveraging the success of those initial workshops, Wisconsin Health Literacy applied for and received the $10,000 grant from the Foundation and another grant from Security Health Plan to implement the program statewide. These new workshops will include discussions on understanding the main parts of a medication label, types of containers, dosage instructions and strategies to remember to take the medicine, understanding special label instructions, interactions with over-the-counter medicines, basic storage techniques and other related issues.

“Appropriate use of medications is critical to positive health outcomes, especially for those with chronic conditions,” said Foundation president Erik Gundersen, MD. “These educational workshops will complement the efforts of physicians in the clinic and should help reduce medical errors due to prescription non-adherence from patients not understanding prescription labels or not having techniques in place to remember to take medications.”

Wisconsin Health Literacy will partner with local community-based organizations to conduct the workshops. If your organization is interested in partnering with Wisconsin Health Literacy to provide this workshop in your community, e-mail Foundation Program Coordinator Elizabeth Ringle or call her at 608.442.3789.

Visit the Foundation’s website for a complete list of grants awarded this year.

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