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DFM Faculty Members

DFM Faculty Partnering with the Community

Mary Beth Plane PhD

The following is compiled from announcements originating from the SOMPH and Wisconsin Partnership Program.

The Wisconsin Partnership Program recently funded $6.2 million for twelve planning grants and thirteen implementation grants to community agencies across the state of Wisconsin. Each agency is required to work with an academic partner in the planning or implementation of the funded projects that address public health issues as defined in the goals of the Wisconsin state health plan, Healthiest Wisconsin 2010. The planning grants, of one or two year's duration, are intended to develop new community and academic partnerships to plan new ways of implementing health related community programs.

Four planning grants were awarded to projects on which DFM faculty are partners. These include:

  • James Terman, MD is partnering with Couleecap, Inc. (Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe, and Vernon Counties) awarded $50,000 for "Fluoridation for Healthy Communities" to plan for community-wide collaboration and support for optimal fluoridation levels in four adjacent Wisconsin counties.

  • Diverse and Resilient, Inc. (Dane, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Marathon, and Milwaukee Counties) is working with Kathleen Oriel MD, MS. The group was awarded $48,760 to develop a pilot program "Preventing Substance Abuse Among LGBTQ Youth in Wisconsin" to increase knowledge, awareness, resources, and capacity to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug use among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and questioning youth in Wisconsin.

  • Thomas Gabert MD, MPH, is working with the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation (Oneida and Vilas Counties) which was awarded $50,000 for "Schools and Clinics United for Healthy Children and Youth" to create a partnership among school districts and medical providers to plan community interventions to improve the eating and activity habits among children.

  • Milwaukee County Breastfeeding Coalition (Milwaukee Co) and Kristen Reynolds MD, academic partner, were awarded $49,454 for "Increasing Breastfeeding Rates in Milwaukee County," a community health improvement planning initiative to improve breastfeeding rates among low-income mothers in Milwaukee County.

Six of our DFM faculty are partnering with community agencies statewide on three year implementation grants to put into action the following projects which address some of Wisconsin's most urgent public health needs:

  • Bruce Barrett MD, PhD, MSPH will be working with the program Advocacy and Benefits Counseling for Health (Statewide) which was awarded $447,699 for "HealthWatch Wisconsin" to improve access to health care coverage and services through a statewide training program for public health workers.

  • Geoffrey Swain MD, MPH will collaborate with the City of Milwaukee Health Department (City of Milwaukee) which was awarded $449,376 for the "Milwaukee Nurse-Family Partnership Program" to implement the highly effective home visitation model program that aims to improve health outcomes for children and families of at-risk mothers.

  • Columbia County Connects Coalition (Columbia County) was awarded $450,000 for "Project Connect" to reduce alcohol use among Columbia county youth through environmental strategies such as compliance checks, Teen Court, and an underage drinking diversion program. Their academic partner is Michael Fleming MD, MPH.

  • Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc. (Dane County) was awarded $450,000 for "Taking Care of Me: A Cancer Education and Screening Promotion Program for Hispanic/Latina Women" to develop and evaluate "Promotoras de salud," a peer health promoters program to overcome barriers that prevent low-income Hispanic/Latina women from obtaining breast and cervical cancer screening services. Patricia Tellez-Giron, MD, will be partnering with this group.

  • Byron Crouse, MD is the academic partner with the Rural Health Development Council (Jackson, Sauk, and Sawyer Counties) which was awarded $299,815 for the "Strong Rural Communities Initiative" to increase access to preventive health services and improve health outcomes for selected rural communities through collaborations among businesses, rural medical and public health providers.

  • Susan Skochelak MD, MPH is one of two academic partners working with Covering Kids and Families - a Wisconsin (Statewide) organization awarded $446,185 for "Coordinating Partnerships to Improve Access to Public Health Coverage" to increase the number of children enrolled in Wisconsin's Family Medicaid health insurance programs and improve children and family access to primary and preventive health services. The other partner is Roberta Riportella PhD, of the University of Wisconsin School of Human Ecology and UW Extension.