Improving Children’s Health in Wisconsin
Children don’t have a say in the policies and programs that impact their lives. To be healthy, safe and able to thrive, they need trusted advocates working on their behalf. In 1994, the State of Wisconsin expressed the need for a non-governmental entity to focus on children’s health issues that were not being adequately addressed—especially for underserved populations.
In response to this need, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Children’s Wisconsin and American Family Children’s Hospital united to create Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin.
The Alliance began with three staff working to improve dental care for kids. Over the years, the Alliance proved itself as an effective coalition builder, policy influencer and program facilitator. As new issues and opportunities emerged, the state, private funders, academic institutions and community partners entrusted the Alliance with additional grants and programs.