WHA Foundation


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:

You can support the WHA Foundation and learn about the programs within these three funding priorities in the WHA Foundation Annual Fundraising Campaign Brochure.


2020 Global Vision Community Partnership Award Winners

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.


Cultivate Mental Wellness Program
Aurora Medical Center - Grafton
Cultivate Mental Wellness uses a public health framework to promote mental health and to eliminate stigma surrounding mental illness, while also supporting growing communities’ resiliency. Under this framework, communities build a culture where individuals seek answers, get diagnosed, and have access to the care they need. Each Cultivate Community works to accomplish objectives through a four-phase process – Kindness, Empathy, Support, and Resiliency. There are several strategies a Cultivate Community implements to move through each phase, including building awareness and understanding of mental health and building and equipping the community with sustainable resources. Cultivate Communities promote mental health training and educational opportunities, policy change, ongoing data collection, expansion of funding for mental health, and increased access to mental health services and resources. Current pilot communities in Wisconsin participating in the program include Port Washington/Saukville and West Bend.


School Based Behavioral Health Program
Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics - Hillsboro
The School Based Behavioral Health Program was developed to address the barriers that exist in providing mental health services for school aged students in the community. Utilizing Qualified Treatment Trainees (QTT) this program has proven to be sustainable and successful. A QTT is an individual who holds a master’s degree in Social Work and is completing the required 3,000 hours of supervised therapy services in order to obtain the Licensed Clinical Social Worker credential with the State of Wisconsin. This program is currently serving the Hillsboro School District, the Wonewoc-Center School District and the Royall School District. The program has been a “win, win, win” for the students and families, the schools and for Gundersen St. Joseph. It is an excellent example of using creativity and collaboration to remove barriers to care.
Award winners each receive a plaque of recognition and $2,500 to continue to fulfill the mission and activities of these valuable programs.
WHA Foundation Inc. thanks all nominations submitted for the Global Vision Community Partnership Award.