The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment surpasses $250M in total funds awarded

The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) announced it has surpassed $250M in funds awarded since its inception in 2004. These awards have funded projects led by the Medical College of Wisconsin and community partners that focus on biomedical research, community health initiatives, and ongoing development of the health care and public health workforce.

AHW is a statewide health improvement philanthropy established by the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2004 to steward a generous gift from Blue Cross & Blue Shield United of Wisconsin following its conversion from a nonprofit organization to a for-profit corporation. To date, AHW has invested in more than 400 projects statewide.

From July 2017 to June 2018 alone, AHW invested $16.3 million in community-led initiatives focused on impacting poor health outcomes. This included furthering the work of an eight-year, $20 million commitment to 10 behavioral health coalitions across the state.

AHW also invested $19.6 million in Medical College of Wisconsin-led research discoveries and education innovations during this time. AHW leverages its unique position as a philanthropy housed within Wisconsin’s largest private research institution to connect leading researchers with community partners to improve health across Wisconsin.

The endowment coordinates various programming, including a public lecture series titled “Conversations with Scientists,” capacity-building efforts, and technical assistance and learning opportunities across research, education, and community partners.

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