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Better Together FundApril 2015 Recipients

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin 

The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is at the forefront of HIV prevention, care and treatment, providing medical, dental, behavioral health and social services for people with HIV/AIDS. With the help of a Better Together Fund grant, ARCW will implement broader screening, referral and treatment programs at its Green Bay, Appleton, Milwaukee and Kenosha clinic locations.

Albrecht Free Clinic

For the past 18 years, Albrecht Free Clinic has provided free medical care to Washington County residents who are uninsured or underinsured. The clinic has experienced a growing need for behavioral health services and will use its grant to implement a screening procedure known as ‘Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT),’ which has been well researched and has shown to elicit behavior change among adults.

Benedict Center

The Benedict Center is a community-based treatment program for women in the criminal justice system. Their grant will be used to expand the center’s behavioral health capacity by becoming licensed as a Mental Health & Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment Program. It will also help them expand staffing, allowing hundreds of additional women to receive needed services over the next two years.

Bread of Healing Clinic

Bread of Healing Clinic has a 15-year history of providing medical services for the uninsured using a volunteer-driven model that partners with health systems, hospitals, free clinics, universities and other organizations to provide cost-efficient health care. Using a Better Together Fund grant, BOHC will expand its offering of behavioral health services. BOHC will also hire staff to help expand connections to university internship programs, other free clinics and health system referral sources.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities serves the local community with a mission to reduce poverty and improve the lives of those served. Their grant will be used to hire a Spanish-speaking therapist dedicated to the Milwaukee office. The addition of this therapist is expected to result in an additional 150 clients being served in the first year of the grant.

City on a Hill

City on a Hill has built a 15-year legacy of working to improve health and reduce health disparities in Milwaukee. A Better Together Fund grant will be used to help finance the renovation of an abandoned clinic in the organization’s facility at 23rd and Kilbourn. More than 350 patients will be helped in the first year alone.

CORE/El Centro

CORE/El Centro is committed to providing natural health therapies, such as massage therapy and acupuncture helping to reduce chronic pain and illness. In order to broaden access to natural therapies, they will use their grant to support a two-year project to expand access to healing services for a minimum of 250 uninsured people with chronic health conditions.

Health Care Network

Health Care Network provides free or low-cost health care to residents of Racine County who are uninsured or underinsured. To help address the growing need, HCN will use its Better Together Fund grant to increase income eligibility from 150 percent of the federal poverty line to 200 percent for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, allowing for nearly 8,000 additional patient encounters.

Kenosha Community Health Center

Since 1995, Kenosha Community Health Center has addressed the financial, cultural and language barriers that prevent access to health care. They are planning to extend their service area by implementing a mobile clinic to provide health services in the city of Racine. Their grant will help with the purchasing of the mobile unit and associated equipment, and the hiring of support staff. The new community-based mobile access point will allow for hundreds of additional patient encounters each year.

Lake Area Free Clinic

Lake Area Free Clinic was launched in 2001 in response to an increasing number of low income and uninsured patients utilizing local hospital emergency rooms for primary care services. There is a need to serve those patients who are not eligible for insurance through the Affordable Care Act or haven’t pursued it. Because of this, LAFC will use its Better Together Fund grant to increase patient access to primary care and behavioral health services.

Lakeshore Community Health Care

Lakeshore Community Health Care provides access to health care services for the underserved in Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties. With the help of the Better Together Fund grant, LCHC will expand services including behavioral health screening and outpatient treatment, allowing the patient to experience behavioral health intervention as part of their regular primary care.

Milwaukee Health Services, inc.

Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. is committed to providing a range of primary health care services to all patients, regardless of income. To expand its services and meet an increasing need for access to care, MHS will use a Better Together Fund grant to support operational purposes, including recruitment and retention of six health care providers, including two family physicians.

Open Arms Free Clinic

Opened in 2012, Open Arms Free Clinic is Walworth County’s first safety-net health care provider, serving the county’s low-income and underserved residents. With the help of a Better Together Fund grant, Open Arms will expand behavioral health services in Walworth County. Expansion of the program will help to assist more than 100 patients each year.

Outreach Community Health Center

Outreach Community Health Centers provide primary care services for the underserved population in Milwaukee. To expand access and improve delivery of care, OCHC will use a Better Together Fund grant to upgrade existing clinic space and launch a behavioral health services pilot program for patients diagnosed with serious mental illness.

Penfield Children’s Center

For the past 48 years, Penfield Children’s Center has provided early-intervention services to help children overcome developmental delays, and adapt to physical disabilities and medical challenges. To help address the growing needs of young children who have experienced trauma, a Better Together Fund grant will expand the Behavior Clinic’s trauma-informed care program.

Progressive Community Health Centers

Since 2000, Progressive Community Health Centers has worked with Milwaukee’s medically underserved population and provides services such as: primary care, women’s health, pediatrics and dental care at two active clinics in Milwaukee. With the help of a Better Together Fund grant, Progressive will establish two new medical sites on the Aurora Sinai Medical Center campus as well as a new primary care clinic.

Salvation Army – Wisconsin/Upper Michigan

The Salvation Army is committed to help meet the basic needs of individuals and families, particularly those who are low income or homeless. Their grant will be used to hiring a full-time mental health counselor to provide crisis intervention and assessment, along with individual, couples and family counseling to shelter residents and community clients.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers

For more than 40 years, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center has been a source of health care services for the underserved on Milwaukee’s south side. Two separate grants will help expand behavioral health and primary health care facilities and support services.

United Community Center

United Community Center, a community-based organization serving Hispanics in Milwaukee, is transitioning how it provides health care services. With the Better Together Fund grant, UCC will be able to help thousands of additional patients each year.

UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing Free Clinic

The UW-Milwaukee Institute for Urban Health Partnerships operates two Community Nursing Centers with a mission of increasing access to health care. A grant from the Better Together Fund will help support a volunteer recruitment program that will target primary care and behavioral health care professionals to help increase access to care.

UW-Oshkosh Living Healthy Community Clinic

The UW-Oshkosh Living Healthy Community Clinic collaborates with community partners to provide free access to primary care services. Two grants will increase access to services for uninsured and underinsured residents as well as establish integrated behavioral health services at its primary care clinic.