Hope to Health Hero


Driving Health and Vitality with Our Community

MCW and Froedtert Hospital work closely with partners to redefine health beyond healthcare—and with a bold vision of achieving health equity for all. These partnerships are essential, as collaboration with leaders in the community helps reduce disparities, encourages young people to enter the STEM fields and supports the development of a strong, diverse healthcare workforce.
Thrive on King Building

Impact Stories

During the Hope to Health Campaign, the Greater Milwaukee  Foundation, MCW and Royal Capital Group launched the ThriveOn Collaboration, an historic community-based investment to realize a vision for Milwaukee that is equitable, healthy and thriving for all. The ThriveOn Collaboration will be housed in an iconic building in the Historic King Drive district at the nexus of three vitalnorth side neighborhoods—Halyard Park, Harambee and Brewers Hill—with faculty and staff of MCW’s community engagement programs and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation as anchor tenants. Guided by community priorities and data, the ThriveOn Collaboration will be a catalyst for additional investment and community impact to support five priority areas: housing, early childhood education, health and wellness, social cohesion and economic opportunity.

The ThriveOn Collaboration was supported by a Hope to Health initiative led by African American philanthropists in the Milwaukee community, as well as a gift from Herb Kohl Philanthropies, and led to the endowment of a chair in health equity research held by Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS, Director of MCW’s Center for Advancing Population Science, Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of Diversity in the Genomic Sciences and Precision Medicine Center.

The AIM/ROADS Summer Programs are offered by MCW to high school students from diverse backgrounds interested in careers in medicine and biomedical research. The Apprenticeship in Medicine (AIM) program emphasizes academic preparation, achievement and career awareness. The Research Opportunity for Academic Development in Science (ROADS) provides a meaningful experience in a research laboratory setting. Program support provided during the Campaign included contributions from Bader Philanthropies, Inc. that have helped ensure access for students and enhancements to their experience.
The Community Health and Service Learning Fund was established to launch a pilot program called MCW Neighborhood Partners at the MCW School of Pharmacy for students and faculty to provide healthcare screenings to medically underserved communities. Our student pharmacists are trained as trusted healthcare team members who can provide physical assessments, vaccinations, and referrals in our communities that face challenges with access to healthcare. This program was made possible by a contribution from Maggie and John Raymond, and will improve healthcare services across our community.

The Rapid Response Fund provided support to the frontline healthcare professionals at Froedtert Hospital throughout the pandemic. The support from across our community has helped to keep our physicians, staff, and patients safe through the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE). Corporate and community partners helped reduce a number of burdens on our frontline workers through support for emergency lodging and meals, childcare and eldercare services, mental health services, and more.

The generous support from across our community to the Rapid Response Fund helped to meet the rapidly changing needs presented by the pandemic. I am grateful to everyone who helped our frontline workers rise to this challenge effectively and compassionately.