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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Over the past five years, Mayo Clinic Health System has awarded nearly $1 million in grant money to nonprofits in northwest Wisconsin to help improve the health of communities in the region.
“Core to our mission as a nonprofit health care provider is reinvesting into the health of our communities,” says Richard Helmers, M.D., regional vice president, Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. “While improving the health of the populations we serve is core to our work at Mayo Clinic Health System, we also are keenly aware we cannot do it alone, which is why supporting other community organizations is crucial.”
“The Hometown Health Grant Program represents Mayo Clinic Health System’s continued commitment to investing in our communities as we work together to enrich the well-being of all who live in northwest Wisconsin,” says Sara Carstens, R.N., director of Community Engagement and Wellness. “These grants champion innovation in overall community health, and the goals of selected grant recipients closely align with Mayo Clinic Health System’s commitment to addressing community health assessment priorities in the areas of mental health, obesity, chronic disease, substance use and alcohol misuse.”
New or existing programs in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix and Trempealeau counties were invited to apply. Recipients recently named to receive a total of $155,000 in grant money are:
Boyceville School District: Coaching Trauma-Informed Resilience, $20,000
This program involves a trauma-informed curriculum. It addresses the development of stress resilience by incorporating mindfulness and self-regulation activities in the school. Funding will build the capacity of internal coaches and teachers, and help them expand collaboration with Mondovi schools.