Opioids. Suicide. Obesity. Health access. Health literacy. Health research. There are so many important issues that need our attention and funding. Give generously to the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation before year’s end to help position us to tackle more issues, in more locations throughout the state in 2020.
Supporting a strong physician workforce in Wisconsin has always been central to the Foundation’s mission. Our student loan and scholarship programs have grown to providing more than $750,000 annually in tuition assistance for students pursuing medical school and related health professions. The Foundation also supports continuing medical education for practicing physicians.
While the support of physicians and medical students is key to health in Wisconsin, the Foundation also funds research projects that address pressing health issues and provides grants to support health initiatives in communities throughout Wisconsin.
With an overarching goal of health equity, several of the Foundation’s grant and fellowship research awards this year focused on health access and programs that seek to get at the root of health issues.
One example is the Foundation’s support of a research project with Bread of Healing Clinic, a free clinic in Milwaukee. The research seeks to identify patients at risk for return visits to the emergency room, determine commonalities and plan interventions toward preventing return visits.
Our grant committee seeks out pilot programs that, if proven successful, can be expanded or replicated in other communities to magnify the impact. Often, seed funding from the Foundation can be leveraged to bring other partners to the table. For example, our grant to support HealthNet of Rock County’s Enhanced Diabetes Management Program for the area’s Latino population enabled them to also partner with a foodbank for special nutritional boxes and diabetic friendly recipes. The goal is to help patients and their families manage their diabetes at healthy levels and create a model that can be used in other communities.
It’s exciting to be a part of these programs that can truly change lives. More than 100,000 Wisconsin residents have been directly impacted by Foundation investments in public health initiatives and research in the past five years, with thousands more this year.
We receive no support from the Wisconsin Medical Society or membership dues paid to the Society; we rely on donations from physicians, corporate partners and other supporters for the work we do on behalf of all Wisconsin physicians.
By giving generously at this time, you will be a part of assisting students with the daunting debt of medical school and improving health by supporting community health programs and research.
- Donate Online
- Donate by Mail: Make your check payable to Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation and mail to PO Box 1109, Madison, WI 53701-1109
Thank you! Warm wishes for this season of giving.