2016 Global Vision Award Winners

On September 16, the WHA Foundation announced the recipients of the 2016 Global Vision Community Partnership Award, including the “Casualty Care Program,” nominated by Mercy Health in Janesville; and the “Bobbie Nick Voss Colorectal Cancer Screening Program,” nominated by Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls.

In the wake of increased school and workplace violence, Mercy Health in Janesville partnered with local EMS providers, law enforcement, hospitals and fire departments to create the “Casualty Care Program,” a training program with a specially designed emergency toolkit. The Casualty Care Training Program is deployed to local school districts and other organizations to impart vital emergency training. Training is designed to take less than one hour and in a train-the-trainer format, to ensure participants will have local instructors available to handle staff turnover or re-education needs. The training includes a short presentation, as well as hands-on exercises using the Casualty Care Kit equipment and training aids. Training and emergency kits are distributed at no cost to school districts and other community organizations. To date, 4,551 kits have been distributed.

A 2015 community health assessment showed that only 62 percent of Waukesha County residents over the age of 50 had a colonoscopy, a percentage unchanged since 2009. And for those without insurance, the rate was even lower. Driven by their aligned missions, in 2008, the foundation of the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls joined forces with the Bobbie Nick Voss Charitable Funds (BNVCF) to advance education and awareness about prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer, as well as the potential for colonoscopies and other screening tests to find cancer early and save lives. They developed the “Bobbie Nick Voss Colorectal Screening Program,” which included a specific objective to provide colonoscopies for individuals at-risk and without adequate insurance or resources to pay for the procedure. Over the past eight years, the program has provided colonoscopies to 134 uninsured, low-income patients identified as at-risk for colorectal cancer. In addition, the program educated thousands of people within the community about recognizing symptoms, prevention strategies, and the critical importance of early diagnosis and scheduling a colonoscopy.