UW-Madison Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Grant Awards

CCHE is delighted to congratulate the recent recipients of UW-Madison Baldwin Grants from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment! Eighteen projects were funded this year, including 8 grants and 10 mini-grants.

There were more health-disparity related awards than we’ve seen previously & a few are highlighted below:

Significant disparities continue to exist between black and white students in education. Recently, differential treatment of students due to unconscious cognitive processes, “implicit bias” has been identified as a contributor to negative experiences and outcomes for underrepresented minorities. Perspective-taking — or “imagining yourself in someone else’s shoes” — helps to decrease implicit bias and in turn, promotes positive feelings, attitudes and behaviors toward others. The proposed project builds upon the success of the Fair Play game, which was developed to provide players with the opportunity to take the perspective of a Black student who encounters bias incidents on a university campus as well as workshops that are currently being offered at UW–Madison and other postsecondary institutions The project will create a professional development tool that is based in a K-12 school context that will allow teachers and administrators to take the perspective of students with whom they work. Ultimately, this game will be available for use by districts across the state of Wisconsin.

  • Faith and Community in Action: Increasing Awareness and Management of Depression in African-American CommunitiesEarlise Ward, School of Nursing and Pastor Anthony Wade, Second Baptist Church and Centers for Disease Control

The African-American Council of Churches (AACC) in Dane County, an association of Christian congregations in greater Madison, Wisconsin, will partner with Professor Earlise Ward, School of Nursing, to develop a community faith-based depression class that will involve 50 African-American clergy and 24 African-American women (age 50 and older) to address depression in the African-American community. Outcomes will focus on implementation strategies, increased knowledge of depression, healthier coping behaviors, and satisfaction. This project draws on Dr. Ward’s scholarship on depression among African-American women and is consistent with the Wisconsin Idea — putting research into practice in our community. Plans include providing information to guide implementation and sustainability strategies to support dissemination in Racine, Milwaukee and Beloit in the near future.

  • Peers Empowering Peers (PEP), Project leaders: Eva Vivian, Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy.

The goal of Peers Empowering Peers is to incorporate peer influence from community members to enhance learning of positive health behaviors for individuals and their families. Twelve mothers who reside in the Meadowood Community and are positive role models will be trained to serve as peer health promoters. The mothers will participate in a training program based on a CDC approved curriculum designed for African Americans called Power to Prevent: A Family Lifestyle Approach to Diabetes Prevention. The educational training program will be offered over a six-month period and will be taught by a certified diabetes educator. This training program is the first step toward the future implementation of PEP, where the newly trained peer health promoters will lead Power to Prevent sessions and activities at local churches and community centers within their own community to help community members support one another in making and sustaining healthy lifestyle behaviors.

  • Supporting Dementia-Friendly Communities: Preparing Retail Workers to Recognize & Respond to Dementia, Project leaders: Lisa Bratzke and Diane Farsetta, School of Nursing.

The purpose of this project is to collaborate with local dementia-friendly community groups, businesses, and UW students in the interdisciplinary service-learning course, “Community Supports for People with Dementia” to script, film, edit, and make freely available dementia-friendly training videos to businesses across the state. This project builds on the School of Nursing’s previous work with dementia-friendly community groups and service-learning projects where UW students led in-person dementia-friendly business trainings and developed dementia-friendly materials for different audiences. It will help address significant and growing public health, business and community needs while combating the stigma around dementia and supporting the quality of life for people with dementia.

Congratulations to all awardees!

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