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Lisa A. Cudahy Community Health Grants Recipients

Through the Lisa A. Cudahy Community Health Grants, the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation (WWHF) hopes to promote and assist nonprofit community organizations committed to education and outreach in women’s health. Congratulations to the following grant recipients:

Indianhead Community Action Agency
Creating Community Awareness about Domestic Violence
The project involves development of a brochure to be distributed in a 15 county region, informing the general public and community partners about the Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) program and free legal services. An evaluation will be conducted to determine the effectiveness of the brochure and based on evaluation results, five counties will be selected to conduct community forums to educate the public about the prevalence of domestic abuse and violence and services offered through the LAV program.

M & S Clinical Services
The Stigma of Mental Illness in the African-American Community:
Removing the Stigma and Mask of Shame
The project will bring together local organizations, clergy and mental health professionals to be a part of a volunteer planning and advising board for a one-day mini conference. The goal of the conference is to raise awareness about mental illness by providing education, clinician resources and encouraging individuals, families, and clergy to openly discuss the issue of mental illness and how to access needed resources.

Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA)
Information and Assistance Program
The goal of the program is to decrease the stigma associated with mental illness and substance abuse and increase access to services. There are a number of different services that can be accessed by telephone, social media, and email or directly online including brochures, fact sheets, newsletters and links to mental health information and services on a variety of topics. A mental health screening which is an anonymous, evidence-based online tool that allows users to assess their risk for mental disorders is also available.

Meta House, Inc.
Meta House Women’s Tobacco Cessation Project
Meta House started a program to provide assistance to staff and clients to quit smoking when they decided to become a smoke-free campus in July 1012. They are continually enhancing their program to make it more successful and to maximize the chances that those who quit will sustain their tobacco cessation. They have integrated an exercise component to the Tobacco Cessation Project, and these funds will help them add cardiovascular exercise to their program.

Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth, Inc.
Children’s Court Advocacy and Family Restoration Project
Partnering with the Milwaukee County Children’s Court and District Attorney’s Office, the Milwaukee Youth Council, Marquette University Law School Restorative Justice Initiative and the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare they will provide advocacy and case management for families involved in Child in Need of Protection and/or Services (CHIPS) proceedings. The project will employ strategies including advocacy, case management, cross-systems case coordination, restorative practices, youth leadership development and intervention/prevention efforts to address three interrelated types of violence – domestic violence, child abuse and youth violence.

Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter, Inc.
Facilitate the mission of Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter, Inc.
The shelter will provide a “Hands On 5-step program” to clients. Step 1. Discussion: family, income, housing, past history and goal setting. Step 2. Income: current job, job hunting, SSI, SSDI, child support and budgeting. Step 3. Life Skills: problem solving, parenting, personal hygiene, healthcare, preventive care, and nutrition. Step 4. Independence: Housing within their reach, assistance programs, help with security deposit, and first month’s rent. Step 5. Outreach: Help them with items needed in their new home. During the outreach period clients are allowed to come to the shelter for services and are visited at their homes to give them continued support.

Stillwaters Cancer Support Services
Making Sense of Life after Cancer Support Group
This free group will meet six times during 2013, for two hours on a weeknight evening at Stillwaters. It is open to both women and men who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer. Sessions will be facilitated by a licensed counselor and include an educational component and time for addressing and discussing topics of concern. Guest speakers will address topics such as nutrition, physical activity, body image, stress reduction and fear of recurrence. One session will include a panel discussion of survivors who are 3+ years from treatment.

United Community Center, Inc.
Dulce Secretos (Sweet Secrets)
The goal is to adequately and broadly disseminate a video program about a family struggling with diabetes. The story involves multiple generations, with the women at the core of the family, and balancing care giving of elder parents and their children, while trying to maintain their own healthy lifestyle. The program will educate the viewer about the prevalence and definition of Type 2 diabetes, the benefits and value of screening, risk factors, signs and symptoms, main complications and lifestyle changes including nutrition and exercise.

Wellness Center of Door County, Inc.
Taking action to improve the mental health of young mothers in the Door County community
The goal is to empower mothers from the Young Adult Parent Support (YAPS) Program with self-care skills that promote mental and emotional wellbeing in monthly two-hour sessions, Creative Expressions and Creative Explorations. A free training entitled “Exposure to Traumatic events: What you Need to Know to Improve Patient Care” will be offered. The target audience for the training will be health and dental care providers, social service providers, law enforcement, workers in the justice system and faith based workers, especially parish nurses.

 

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