Growing Vital Communities: Central Wisconsin Health Partnership

What if institutions across the Central Wisconsin focused resources that reduce the burden of child poverty.

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In 2015, the Central Wisconsin Health Partnership (CWHP) convened a Health and Economic Development Summit for the six counties of the Central Sands agricultural region of Wisconsin. The purpose of this Summit was to catalyze collaboration towards the development of regional strategies to improve the health and vitality of our rural communities. The most common regional theme was workforce development, with a focus on k-12 education, regional economic development and early childhood development.

Which categories describe you? (the answer will not be public)

  • White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French, Caucasian)


Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [State]

  • Wisconsin

Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [City]


Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [State]

  • Wisconsin

Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [City]

Adams, Green Lake, Juneau, Marquette, Waupaca and Waushara counties in Central Wisconsin.

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Counties in the central Wisconsin region are among the highest in the state for child poverty rates. The Partnership is moving to the next phase of work based on its strategic plan to develop regional prevention models based on the social determinants of health that focus on the specific needs of children and families in our region.

Is your model focused on any of the following traditionally underserved communities?

  • Other

Does your model work within any of the following sectors?

  • Childcare
  • Child and Family Services
  • Community Development and Empowerment
  • Education
  • Mental Health
  • Other

If you chose "other," please share the sector you work within here:

Economic Development, Regional Planning, chambers of commerce and Health Care.

Year Founded


Project Stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Organization Type

  • government

Annual Budget

  • $1k - $10k

Source: How did you hear about the Children’s Wellbeing Challenge? (the answer will not be public)

  • Email


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Sarah,  I really believe that  catalizing collaboration is one of the best strategies to support children's wellbeing. I would love to learn more about its  implementation and impact. I wasn't able to find more information about it

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