The WHA Foundation, Inc. was formed in 1968 to support educational, research and charitable programs of the Wisconsin Hospital Association and its members. Today, as a 501(c)(3) organization, the Foundation focuses its grant making priorities on initiatives that have a statewide impact on health care in Wisconsin. The Foundation's three specific funding priorities include:
We are proud to introduce the inagural edition of the WHA Foundation 2020 Year in Review and 2021 Look Ahead report.
This report is a review of the positive impact Foundation program funding has had throughout the state, as well as preview of initiatives for the new year. Click here to review WHA Foundation Report
Thank you to the newest Friends of the Foundation: Bruce and Elizabeth Roesler.
2021 Global Vision Community Partnership Award
WHA Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce the 3 recipients of the 2021 Global Vision Community Partnership Award.
The purpose of the Global Vision Community Partnership Award is to recognize and reward community partnership projects that work with a WHA member hospital(s) to meet an identified community health need in an innovative or creative manner.
Community Health Asthma Management Program
Children’s Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Children’s Community Health Asthma Management Program (CHAMP) was established over five years ago to improve uncontrolled asthma in children. CHAMP aims to reduce the frequency of asthmas complications and the associated number of missed school or work days, as well as decrease asthma-related emergency department utilization and hospitalization. CHAMP serves families in Milwaukee County with an emphasis on reaching people who are socioeconomically disadvantaged and those burdened by health disparities, including people of color. Referrals are received both from Children’s Wisconsin’s clinical areas as well as community partners.
Maternal Health Social Systems Initiative
Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital - St. Joseph Campus: Milwaukee
The Maternal Health Social Systems Initiative was launched to identify broken social systems and develop solutions as a pathway to improve maternal and infant health outcomes. The program connects pregnant women and recent mothers with social services and care they need to support good health outcomes for themselves and their babies. The maternal health team identified perinatal visit care as a key determinant in maternal morbidity and infant mortality. Early and adequate prenatal care promotes healthy pregnancies through screening and management of a woman’s risk factors and health conditions while encouraging healthy behaviors during pregnancy.
Lakeshore Regional Child Advocacy Center
Aurora Medical Center – Sheboygan County
Aurora Medical Center Sheboygan County’s (AMCSC) Nurse Examiners Program (SANE) partnered with Lakeshore Regional Child Advocacy Center (LRCAC) in 2015 to provide children and families the protection and support needed to navigate tough situations brought on by sexual violence. AMCSC and LRCAC partner to provide community trainings on how to care for and work with victims of crime using trauma-informed care. This includes Sexual Assault Response Team training for law enforcement, abuse training, and Department of Justice Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training, in addition to providing other areas of support.
Award winners each receive a plaque of recognition and a $2,500 grant to continue to fulfill the mission and activities of these valuable programs.
WHA Foundation Inc. would like to thank all nominations submitted for this year's Global Vision Commuinty Partnership Award.