During 2019, Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin will celebrate its 25-year anniversary as Wisconsin’s voice for children’s health. The Alliance builds strong partnerships to advocate for kids with a focus on prevention. In 25 years, the Alliance has grown from 1 to 7 key initiatives working together as one united voice taking action for kids’ health. The Alliance’s seven initiatives are asthma, early literacy, emergency care, grief and bereavement, injury prevention and death review, medical home, and oral health. The Alliance was established in 1994 by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and American Family Children’s Hospital.

Whether we are working to change legislation to allow kids to carry their inhalers at school, training home-visitors on the importance of talking with families about safe sleep, or managing the Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile program that places sealants on kids’ teeth to prevent decay, we are making a difference on behalf of kids.

“The Alliance serves a unique and necessary role for our state. They have had a positive impact on the health of children and families throughout Wisconsin. A special thank you to all our partners for joining the Alliance in being a voice for children’s health,” said Todd Mahr, MD, Pediatric Allergist, Gundersen Health System and chair of the Alliance advisory board.

“Our work has proven how systems, policies and access can improve by people coming together and committing themselves to doing what is best for kids,” said Karen Ordinans, executive director, Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin.

Watch for various anniversary celebrations throughout 2019 at our key initiative annual conferences/meetings. Or visit our booth at the Wisconsin Public Health Association Conference.

The Alliance is grateful for the generous financial support that fuels our work to ensure Wisconsin children are healthy, safe and able to thrive. Join us as we advocate for kids’ health in 2019 and beyond.