Marshfield Clinic Health System funding to support 21 organizations in addressing transportation, childhood hunger, other health inequities
MARSHFIELD – Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan have announced the awardees of the Addressing Health Disparities funding program. A total of 21 organizations will receive $202,478 in funding.
The list of awardees can be found at https://communityhealth.
- ADRC of Barron & Rusk Counties
- Aging and Disability Resource Center of Northwest Wisconsin
- Benjamin’s House Emergency Shelter, Inc.
- Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area
- CAP Services, Inc.
- Childcaring, Inc.
- Chippewa County Department of Public Health
- Community First Washburn County Inc.
- D.R. Moon Memorial Library
- Eau Claire City-County Health Department
- Embrace Services, Inc.
- First Presbyterian Church Wausau Free Clinic
- Good News Project, Inc.
- HOLA, Inc.
- Marathon County Literacy Council, Inc.
- Medical Care Access Coalition of Dickinson & Iron Counties
- Rhinelander Area Food Pantry
- Rusk County Public Health
- Rusk County Transit Commission
- United Way of Marathon County
- United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley
The programs and initiatives receiving funds will improve health equity by addressing a wide variety of health disparities. Health disparities are preventable differences in health experienced by groups with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantages. Examples of preventable differences include difficulties getting medical care, few options for healthy food, or lacking a safe place to live. Health disparities are barriers to individuals reaching their full potential for health and well-being.
“Our rural communities have unique health disparities, and there are many organizations working hard to address them,” said Jay Shrader, vice president of Community Impact and Social Accountability. “We are proud to be able to invest in partner organizations that share our mission to create healthy communities.”
The investments support one of the system’s five key strategies in their commitment to diversity and inclusivity. For more information on Marshfield Clinic Health System’s Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity approach, visit https://www.marshfieldclinic.
The 21 funded organizations will implement a wide variety of programs. One organization will use the funds to address childhood food insecurity, ensuring children have nutritionally dense food and fresh produce. Another organization plans to support the addition of a community health worker to increase health literacy and health knowledge for Latinx individuals and families living in Central Wisconsin. A third will partner with other community organizations to provide safe and affordable transportation to needed services.
Marshfield Clinic Health System is an integrated health system whose mission is to enrich lives through accessible, affordable compassionate health care. The Health System serves Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with more than 1,600 providers comprising 170 specialties, health plan, and research and education programs. Primary operations include more than 60 Marshfield Clinic locations, 11 hospitals, Marshfield Children’s Hospital, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, Security Health Plan and Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation. Learn more at marshfieldclinic.org.
Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., part of the Marshfield Clinic Health System, is helping its 225,000 members in Wisconsin and beyond reach their best health. Security is a not-for-profit health plan serving Wisconsin since 1971 and is the fourth largest regional health plan in Wisconsin based on revenue and fifth largest in enrollment. Security Health Plan offers health insurance coverage for employees of large and small businesses, individuals and families. In addition, Security Administrative Services, LLC, a service of Security Health Plan, is a full service medical third-party administrator licensed in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana.