Wisconsin Partnership Program grants target mental health, ongoing pandemic health effects

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The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health has announced 14 awards totaling $2.7 million to community organizations and researchers to address the ongoing health consequences and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eight new awards totaling $1.6 million went to community organizations throughout the state that are addressing the pandemic’s impact on the social and emotional health of our state’s youth. Six new grants totaling $1.1 million were awarded to investigators at the School of Medicine and Public Health, UW-Madison School of Education, School of Nursing and College of Engineering to address the ongoing health challenges of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.

The new awards build upon Wisconsin Partnership Program’s initial COVID-19 Response Grant Program, bringing its total investment to more than $6 million in 44 grants to community partners and researchers to strengthen the resilience of Wisconsin families and communities, deepen understanding about COVID-19 and inform approaches to prevention and treatments.

COVID-19 response focus on adolescent social and emotional health grants

The Wisconsin Partnership Program’s Oversight and Advisory Committee has announced eight new awards of $200,000 each in COVID-19 Response grant funding to help community organizations address the profound toll the pandemic has taken on the social and emotional health of Wisconsin’s adolescents.



COVID-19 Response Research and Education Awards

The Wisconsin Partnership Program’s COVID-19 Response Research and Education Grant Program, through the Partnership Education and Research Committee, supports innovative research and education projects that address a wide range of ongoing health consequences of the pandemic. The newly awarded projects address the long-term consequences of COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minorities and vulnerable populations, testing and safety in schools, and basic science research. Grants are awarded up to $200,000 over one or two years.

Funded projects include:

The Wisconsin Partnership Program is a permanent endowment at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, committed to improving health and advancing health equity through investments in community partnerships, education and research. It was established in 2004 through an unprecedented gift as part of the conversion of Blue Cross and Blue Shield United of Wisconsin to a stock insurance corporation. To date, the Wisconsin Partnership Program has awarded more than 560 grants for $265 million to advance biomedical and population health research, promote healthcare and public health workforce development, and support community partnerships to improve health  and advance health equity.

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