New community grants awarded by Wisconsin Partnership Program

November 20, 2023

The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is pleased to announce three new initiatives awarded through its Community Impact Grant Program.

The awards of up to $250,000 each over three years provide support to organizations that are developing distinct pathways to improvements in health and health care within diverse Wisconsin communities. The grant recipients are strengthening health workforce development for rural Wisconsin, reducing isolation for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and improving culturally competent health care for African immigrant women in Wisconsin.

The grant recipients and initiatives are:

North Central Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers for the initiative Advocates in Medicine Pathway 2.0

This project seeks to strengthen the health care workforce in rural Wisconsin by supporting students from North Central Wisconsin with knowledge and experience to help them become competitive medical school applicants.

Three Gaits, Inc. Therapeutic Horsemanship Center for the initiative Riding in the Moment

Through this project, Three Gaits Inc. will implement Riding in the Moment, a community-based, standardized adaptive horseback riding program that is designed to reduce isolation and improve the health and quality of life of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their family caregivers.

Alaafia Women Corporation for the initiative Empowering African Immigrant Women’s Health and Well-being

Through this project, Alaafia Women Corporation is addressing the unique health care challenges of African immigrant women in Wisconsin by providing comprehensive navigation resources, strengthening culturally competent care and increasing community engagement to improve health outcomes.

“The Wisconsin Partnership Program is pleased to support this group of community grantees,” said Dr. Amy Kind, associate dean for Social Health Sciences and Programs at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and executive director of the Wisconsin Partnership Program. “These projects each provide an innovative approach towards meeting key Wisconsin health needs. We look forward to supporting their progress and impact over the next three years.”

The Wisconsin Partnership Program is a grantmaking program within the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health committed to improving health and advancing health equity through investments community partnerships and education and research initiatives.