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Dean & St. Mary’s partner with area nonprofits to address health needs

Dean & St. Mary’s is partnering with four organizations as part of its first Helping Dane County to be Healthy grant program designed to benefit the overall health of area communities.

Grant recipients will partner with Dean Clinic & St. Mary’s Hospital on at least one of three identified community health priorities. These health priorities were identified using community health data and feedback collected by the Healthy Dane Collaborative as part of a health needs assessment that is conducted every three years:

  • Mental health, particularly focusing on reducing Dane County’s suicide rate.
  • Chronic disease, particularly hypertension, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Maternal child health, which improves the lives and health of mothers and children in various ways.

The following four groups, their annual grant amounts, and a description of the programs they will provide, were selected for the program:

  • Second Harvest Food Bank, $45,000. Funding will benefit the Diabetes Wellness Program, a nine-month effort that will help at least 200 people better control their disease. The program includes distribution of food boxes especially packaged for those coping with diabetes. Second Harvest plans to expand the program into Rock and Sauk counties during the program’s second and third year of operation.
  • Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, $45,000. The grant will support an in-home smoking cessation program for pregnant women — that will continue six months after they deliver their babies — as well as provide services for adults in their support networks. This program will also be available to Rock and Sauk counties in its second and third year.
  • Catholic Charities, $30,000. Focusing on youth suicide prevention in Wisconsin, the grant will fund a program to bring mental health services to rural school age children in Deerfield and Marshall.
  • Rebalanced Life Wellness Association, $30,000. By funding mentorship and education, the grant will help high-risk African American men increase physical activity, learn about healthy eating and nutrition, and promote volunteerism and social support.

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