Friends of UW Health 2019 Grants

Learn about some of the grants funded in 2019.

You Make Patients and Families’ Lives Better One Grant at a Time

As a member of Friends of UW Health, you help fund programs and services that directly benefit our patients and families but are not covered by insurance.  Friends provided $272,000 in support this year. Friends was once again able to open its grant application to outside organizations who’s work directly impacts UW Health’s patients.

Examples of programs and projects within UW Health supported by a grant from Friends:

  • Patient and Family Housing Fund. Provides hotel rooms for patients and families who lack financial resources.
  • Patient Assistance Fund: assisting the most under-served and under-insured patients with housing insecurity, food insecurity, medication, transportation and basic household needs such as cribs.
  • Daily delivery of USA Today newspapers on patient breakfast trays to all inpatient units.
  • DisposeRx single use drug disposal packets for surgical transitional care program patients to safely dispose of any extra opioids.
  • Blood Pressure cuffs for low income Kidney Clinic and Heart and Vascular Clinic patients.
  • Golf Cart to assist patients and visitors who have misplaced their vehicle in the parking lot.
  • Wii and X Box games for the American Family Children’s Hospital Orthopedics and Rehabilitation patients to help with motivation to participate in therapy.
  • Activities to reduce anxiety and depression for inpatient Cystic Fibrosis patients.
  • Palliative Care Comfort and Healing Toolbox for the outpatient palliative care clinic.  This includes a variety of supplies for distraction, legacy building to support and aid families in their grief and bereavement process through healthy coping practices.
  • Infant CPR kits to educate families on infant CPR so they feel safe taking their infants home after discharge.
  • Noise cancelling headphones for infusion center patients.
  • Multicultural and diverse toys for the Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Department, so children can see themselves in the toys used for their therapy sessions.
  • Cognitive Stimulation Activities for Patients with Dementia or Delirium: this type of intervention restores disordered thinking through meaningful engagement in simple activities and also keeps hands and minds busy helping distract patients from picking at necessary IV lines, tubing and dressings.
  • Sara Steady to assist patients and visitors that need assistance getting in and out of vehicles at UW Health at The American Center.

Some examples of external organizations and projects supported by a grant from Friends and benefiting UW Health patients and families include:

  • Support for Access Community Health Centers newly acquired in-house oral surgery practice
  • Harambee Village: provides pregnancy, birth, and lactation support to mothers and families in South Central Wisconsin.
  • BSP Free Clinic: dedicated to providing quality specialty healthcare to uninsured patients, and is the only free clinic providing multispecialty healthcare in Wisconsin.  It is staffed by volunteer physicians and nurses.
  • CenteringPregnancy Expansion: combines health assessment, interactive learning and community building to help support positive health behaviors and drive better health outcomes.
  • Badger Childhood Cancer Network: provides financial assistance to make sure children on treatment for cancer and blood disorders do not have their health or safety endangered by lack of access to safe housing, adequate nutrition or necessary transportation for tests and treatments.
  • Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center: seeks to reduce the trauma to children who are victims of abuse or neglect or witnesses to crimes, by promoting the coordination of multi-disciplinary investigations, conducting forensic interviews in a child-friendly environment, and providing ongoing advocacy to affected children and families.
  • Share the Health Free Gynecology Clinic, Inc.: improves the health of underserved women in need of gynecologic specialty care in Dane County and neighboring communities.
  • Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation: smoking cessation counseling for pregnant and postpartum patients.
  • Badger Prairie Needs Network: supporting their food recovery partnership to fight poverty and ending hunger locally.
  • RSVP of Dane County, Inc.: RSVP Driver Services/Vets Helping Vets which will recruit more drivers to help with senior transportation through the county.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison: keeping families with sick children close to each other and the care and resources they need.
  • UCP of Greater Dane County: Birth to 3 program.
  • Project Linus – Madison Chapter: providing blankets to ill or traumatized children.

Friends accepts grant proposals on October 1 of each year. Funding criteria can be found at

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