WomenConnected Grants

WomenConnected has given nearly $1.6 million to programs and initiatives at ProHealth Care since 2001

WomenConnected 2021 grants

The membership voted to allocate $75,000 to fund the following seven programs in 2021.

Community Health Outreach- vaccine clinics and health screenings  - $15,000

The Hispanic Health Resource Center (HHRC) is an important resource for the greater Waukesha County community. They help people in the community when they need it, reducing the need for emergency services and more comprehensive care. This grant will support the HHRC with flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinics, health screenings, as well as community programs to live with chronic conditions, diabetes, chronic pain and more.

Expanding Interpretive Services for ProHealth Care Patients - $10,000

ProHealth Care's medical interpreters improve understanding to limited English proficient (LEP) patients minimizing the risk of misunderstandings, resulting in repeat visits, more extended hospital stays, and increased healthcare expenses. The use of professional interpreters (in person or via telephone) increases patient satisfaction, improves adherence and outcomes, and reduces adverse events. This grant will support medical interpreter certification costs for Spanish and ASL medical interpreters at ProHealth Care.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Support - $5,000

Since 2007, ProHealth Care has offered the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.  Our expert team of nurses and a program coordinator are devoted to providing quality, compassionate care to individuals who have experienced a sexual assault. Services offered include a client interview, evidence collection, and photography of injuries, documentation of interview and evidence collection, and collaboration with law enforcement, Women’s Center Advocates, and the District Attorney’s office. SANE nurses are required to continue their education to enhance their practice and keep current with new trends that pertain to their clients. This grant will support this ongoing training and education.

Measuring Social Determinants of Health via NowPow Platform  - $10,000

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. ProHealth Care is engaged in various initiatives with community partners to address the needs of our most vulnerable. To meet ProHealth Care's need for accurate, accessible, and up-to-date information about local social services organizations and the ability to make electronic referrals, ProHealth Care is seeking to engage with a vendor (NowPow) to provide electronic community resource directories and facilitate referrals to social service agencies.

Nursing Academic Scholarships - $7,500

In order for ProHealth Care to be best equipped to handle future challenges and adapt to the growing needs of our community, investment in education is crucial. This education will focus on maintaining the highest levels of efficiencies and best patient care. The grant will support ProHealth Care RN's toward completion of BSN, MSN or Doctorate Academic progression programs in Nursing. This strategy supports our PHC RN workforce, improves employee engagement, decreases turnover and promotes positive patient outcomes.

Research Institute - $7,500

Clinical trials help to improve outcomes for patients. They are vital in discovering new treatments for disease, as well as new ways to detect, diagnose and reduce the chance of developing the disease. ProHealth Care is currently involved in 85 clinical trials. The majority are focused on cancer research, but we are also involved with cardiology research, neurological disorders, and multiple sclerosis. While some of these trials receive federal funding, many rely on support from the ProHealth Care Foundation and our community. This grant will ensure ongoing trials and operations are funded, and that patients are able to be enrolled in current and upcoming research trials.

Scalp Cooling Project for Cancer Patients - $20,000

For patients with solid tumors, such as breast, ovarian, colorectal, bowel and prostate cancers, a new treatment may help reduce hair loss resulting from chemotherapy treatment. The treatment is called the Paxman scalp cooling system and it is a simple procedure that is scientifically proven to reduce or prevent hair loss during chemotherapy. By providing the Paxman scalp cooling system for patients, we will be offering cutting-edge technology that addresses the most feared side effect of treatment in 75% of patients. This grant will be used to offset the cost to patients for their treatment, and allow more patients access to this treatment option.

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