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14th Annual Gathering

Each year, WWHF partners with Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI to hold “The Gathering.” Since 2002, the Gathering has provided women an opportunity to meet old and new friends, view exhibits, and access information and resources they need to be healthy. This free event is designed to engage and energize […]

Program Highlight: the GrapeVine Project

The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation partners with nurses throughout the state by providing them with the most up-to-date tools and educational information about various health topics through our program The GrapeVine Project. All information presented is gathered from local state and national organizations with expertise in the specific health area, and is continually reviewed […]

2015 GrapeVine Conference – Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who supported our first ever GrapeVine Conference! Over 70 community nurses joined us for this 2-day event where we had the opportunity to teach 6 updated GrapeVine training units covering women’s health topics like diabetes prevention, gynecological cancers, breast cancer, bone health and breastfeeding and oral health.

GrapeVine Project Parish Nurse Highlight

Meet Shirley Bennett, Parish Nurse

Shirley Bennett was trained in WWHF’s GrapeVine Project in September 2012. She is a Parish Nurse at the Congregation of St. Mary’s and St. Paul’s in Mineral Point where she has presented a GrapeVine educational session. She also shares presentations and participates in outreach with United Church of Christ […]

GrapeVine Project Nurse Highlight

Meet Ardyce McMillen, Parish Nurse

Ardyce McMillen was trained for the WWHF’s GrapeVine Project in April 2008 and has presented sessions in Reedsburg, WI. Ardyce has held 9 educational sessions. She is a Parish Nurse at the Reedsburg Bible Baptist Church.

The GrapeVine Project is a free health education program for women presented by […]

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A Message from Thailand

Clare Meier was one of WWHF GrapeVine’s Faith Community Nurses, but took a hiatus when she went on a mission trip to Thailand. WWHF reconnected with her at our recent event, the Gathering. We were inspired to hear about her great adventures abroad. She was happy to write a brief post for us, so we […]

The Healthy Aging Brain

The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation held three trainings for the GrapeVine Project’s Faith Community Nurses on the new unit on dementia entitled The Healthy Aging Brain.

Dr. Elizabeth Chapman from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health presented the new unit to 30 nurses at the trainings in Wausau, Madison and Milwaukee.


Meet Pat

Pat Van AckerSt. GermainEvangelical Free Church


Pat Van Acker is a Faith Community Nurse. WWHF’s GrapeVine Project trains Faith Community/Parish Nurses* (FCNs) and provides health education program materials to them. FCNs then educate women in their communities.


What is your favorite aspect of Faith Community Nursing/what made you want to become a […]

GrapeVine Project Nurse Highlight

Meet Lori Rudolph, Parish Nurse

Lori Rudolph was trained for the WWHF’s GrapeVine Project in April 2009 and has presented sessions in Sauk County on all of the GVP health topics (bone health, breast health, cervical health, heart health, mental health, oral health, and domestic violence).

Lori has held 29 educational sessions for […]