EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Over the past three years, Mayo Clinic Health System has awarded $583,000 in grant money to nonprofits in northwest Wisconsin to help improve the health of communities in the region.
“Core to our mission as a nonprofit health care provider is reinvesting into the health of our communities,” says Richard Helmers, M.D., regional vice president, Mayo Clinic Health System northwest Wisconsin. “While improving the health of the populations we serve is core to our work at Mayo Clinic Health System, we also are keenly aware we cannot do it alone, which is why supporting other community organizations is crucial.”
“The Hometown Health Grant Program represents Mayo Clinic Health System’s continued commitment to investing in our communities as we work together to enrich the well-being of all who live in northwest Wisconsin,” says Sara Carstens, director of Community Engagement and Wellness. “These grants support innovation in overall community health, and the goals of selected grant recipients closely align with Mayo Clinic Health System’s commitment to supporting community health assessment priorities in the areas of mental health, obesity, and chronic disease prevention and management.”
New or existing programs in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix and Trempealeau counties were invited to apply. Recipients recently named to receive a total of $201,000 in grant money are:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters: 1 to 1 Mentoring, $10,000 — Strong mentoring relationships between caring adults and children can significantly increase positive development in youth. This program provides free support services, which help in the development of new skills to enhance problem-solving abilities and build self-esteem.
- Boys & Girls Club of Barron County: Healthy Out of School Time, $20,000 — The HOST Program teaches Boys & Girls Club members how to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical fitness and healthy food choices.
- Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley: Healthy Lifestyles, $15,000 — This program enhances the overall health of club members by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching good nutrition and helping develop healthy relationships.
- Chippewa County Department of Public Health: Pre-Venture: Mental Health Prevention, $21,000 — The Pre-Venture Program identifies youth with high-risk behaviors, provides evidence-based intervention and equips them with effective coping methods. The goal is to reduce substance use rates in Chippewa County by 33 percent.
- Children’s Museum of Eau Claire: Eat! Move! Live!, $25,000 — This initiative brings a well-rounded, interactive exhibit and program experience to children and their grown-ups promoting healthy living.
- Chippewa Valley Museum: Biking into History, $9,000 — Guided bike tours will be developed to encourage physical activity while also connecting participants to local history. Tours will include education on safe bicycling practices.
- Feed My People Food Bank: Foods to Encourage Initiative, $15,000 — This program will increase the amount of appropriate food items for low-income residents dealing with diabetes and/or heart concerns, as well as educate partner food bank programs to carry these food items.
- Grassroots Empowerment Project: Recovering Community – Reentry and Recovery Peer Support after Incarceration, Homelessness or Inpatient Treatment, $21,000 — A peer support re-entry program will be developed for people leaving jail, prison, shelters and treatment centers. The project will provide support and resources needed to successfully re-enter the community.
- School District of Mondovi: Focusing on Resilience, $25,000 — This program fosters mental health and resilience of at-risk K–12 students. Adult teams will receive special training in resiliency and champion transformation with colleagues, students, parents and community members.
- Stepping Stones of Dunn County: Increased Access to Nutritious Food for At-risk Populations, $15,000 — Those receiving adequate nutrition are mentally and physically healthier. This project will help alleviate food insecurity among identified at-risk populations across the lifespan.
- Village of Cameron: Guy Spiers Park Redevelopment, $25,000 — Adult outdoor fitness equipment will be installed next to the existing playground encouraging physical activity for the entire family. The fitness area will be accessible to those with mobility issues and increase use of the park.
The 2018 grant application process will open in January.
Press ContactKristin Everett