The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health recently awareded grants to five county health departments and six nonprofit organizations totaling nearly $540,000, providing funding for 11 projects thorugh the Community Opportunity Grants Program.The projects focus on improving the health of state residents of all ages and address a wide range of topics, including obesity, alcohol and other drug abuse, child abuse and mental health.
The Lincoln County Health Department was awareded $50,000 for a “Healthy People Lincoln County: “Problems can be Solved in the Garden.” This grant is in partnership with Lincoln County Health Department, , Lincoln County UW-Extension, Live Sustanable, Lincoln County Master Gardeners, Pine Crest Nursing Home, Ministry Health Sacred Heart Hospital, Minstry Health Good Samaritan Health Center, Grace Lutheran Church, area food pantries, Tomahawk Head Start, and Kinship of Tomahawk.
The grant will include intiatives in the following areas, community classes on preparing and preserving food; garden workshops for community members, garden mentoring program; creating a community garden in the Merrill area including a teaching garden; and expanding gardens in Tomahawk. Daniel Marzu, MA, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin – Extension is the academic partner.
“Our goal of this initative is to build gardening skills and increase access to fresh and locally grown foods in Lincoln County”, states Shelley Hersil, Health Officer/Director of Lincoln County Health Department. “We are very excite about this opportunity and look forward to working with our community partners in making a difference in the health of our community.”
This new program takes advantage of local public health improvement planning efforts and provides support to implement projects that work toward building heathier communities,” said OAC Chair Dr. Patrick Remington.
The Wisconsin Partnership Program represents as far-reaching commitment by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and well-being of Wisconsin residents through investments in reasearch, education and community-academic partnerships. The Partnership Program was created with funds from the conversiation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield United of Wisconsin to a stock insurance corporation. Since 2004, it has awarded 389 community, education and reseach grantees totaling more thatn $162 million.
Healthy People Lincoln County’s mission is to promote partnerships within the community to improve health through advocacy, prevention and implementation of best practices. If you are interested in participating in the community garden grant, please contact Shelley Hersil, Lincoln County Health Department, 715-539-1360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.