2021 WHA Foundation Announces Global Vision Award Winners
The WHA Foundation, Inc. has awarded its 2021 Global Vision Community Partnership Award to three organizations for work done in conjunction with WHA member hospitals to improve health within their communities. The Global Vision Community Partnership Award recognizes and rewards community partnership projects undertaken with a WHA member hospital or hospitals to meet an identified community health need in an innovative or creative manner.
This year’s Global Vision Community Partnership Award winners are:
Community Health Asthma Management Program
Children’s Community Health Asthma Management Program (CHAMP) was established more than five years ago to improve uncontrolled asthma in children. CHAMP aims to reduce the frequency of asthma complications and the associated number of missed school or workdays, 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 Wisconsin St. Joseph-Glendale
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 training 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. is thankful for all nominations submitted for the Global Vision Community Partnership Award.
This story originally appeared in the September 23, 2021 edition of WHA Newsletter