2015 Global Vision Award Winners

“Fit Families Rock” program, was nominated by St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital; and the “Lakeshore Community Health Center,” co-nominated by Aurora Medical Center-Manitowoc County, Two Rivers and Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc.

“Fit Families Rock” (FFR) is a comprehensive program aimed at Rock County families of overweight children ages 8 to 12 years old, who are in the 85th percentile of their age-appropriate body mass index. The program was designed to foster weight loss and teach healthy living habits to the children and at least one of their parents or guardians. Over an 11-week period, participants learn healthy eating habits and work to increase exercise in their daily routine. Participants meet twice a week, once to focus on exercise as a large group, and once in separate children and adult groups for educational classes. Participants also keep a food log with weekly review and feedback from a registered dietician. Measurable outcomes show decreases in screen time and fast food consumption, as well as increased fruit and vegetable consumption, decreased BMI and average weight loss of four pounds. FFR is a partnership between St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital, Dean Clinic, UW Extension, YMCA of Northern Rock County and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. It was developed after the community health needs assessment, conducted by the hospital in 2011, revealed one in four children in Rock County is obese or overweight and as a result of harmful lifestyle choices, Rock County ranked 67 out of 72 Wisconsin counties in poor health behaviors and quality of life.

The “Lakeshore Community Health Center” (LCHC) was born as a result of a collaborative community partnership focused on addressing adequate access to health care. That partnership includes Aurora Medical Center Manitowoc County/Aurora Health Care, Holy Family Memorial, Northeastern Wisconsin Area Health Education Center, Manitowoc County Health Department and United Way of Manitowoc County. LCHC provides comprehensive medical, dental and behavioral health services, with a mission to improve the health of the community by providing quality patient-centered, family-based health care, health promotion and support services free from cultural, linguistic and economic barriers. Since the opening of LCHC, 56 percent of patients who were previously uninsured now have access to primary medical care. Also, 45 percent of patients with chronic disease are now accessing medical care to help them manage the disease. Since 2012, emergency department visits by Medicaid patients in Manitowoc County have decreased 18 percent.

The WHA Foundation’s Global Vision Community Partnership Award is a competitive grant award created in 1995 to recognize the efforts of WHA members in meeting the documented health needs in their communities through creativity, innovation, partnership, and collaboration. To date, the Award has honored 40 innovative programs in communities throughout Wisconsin.