Community Health: Community Investments
Shared Community Investment Fund (SCIF)
The Milwaukee Health Care Partnership (MHCP) Shared Community Investment Fund (SCIF) is an annual fund made possible by contributions from the health system members of the MHCP – Aurora Health Care, Ascension Wisconsin, Children’s Wisconsin, and Froedtert Health.
The SCIF was created in 2007 to support the mission of the MHCP—to improve health care for low-income, underserved populations in Milwaukee County with the aim of improving health outcomes, advancing health equity, and lowering the total cost of care.
Since its inception, the health system members of the MHCP have collectively contributed more than $35 million through the SCIF to support improved health care for vulnerable populations in Milwaukee County. The health systems’ SCIF funding pool for CY2023 is $2 million.
- Align community benefit investments around members’ shared coverage, access, care coordination, and community health improvement goals
- Provide an alternative for unaligned, non-strategic, and externally pressured donations
- Leverage extramural funding for MHCP-sponsored and supported initiatives
The health systems’ SCIF funding has been made alongside – and has often informed – each health system’s unique community investments and charitable contributions.
Health Improvement Fund (HIF)
In 2012, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County (United Way) and the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership (MHCP) came together to launch the Health Improvement Fund (HIF) to support organizations that provide health care and support services for low-income, underserved populations in Milwaukee County, with the goal of increasing access to health care, improving health outcomes, and promoting health equity.
Since its inception, the Milwaukee health systems—Advocate Aurora Health, Ascension Wisconsin, Children’s Wisconsin, and Froedtert Health—have passed their Shared Community Investment Fund (SCIF) contributions through the United Way to bolster its annual campaign and sponsor the HIF challenge grant. Health systems have committed $2 million in 2023 and a cumulative $20.8 million in SCIF pass-through dollars since 2012. In 2022-2023, the HIF is funding eleven programs for a total investment of $351,000.
HIF grants are investments to non-profit, health and human service agencies in Milwaukee County. HIF pledges are received via donor designations through the United Way fall campaign. Grants are awarded to organizations working towards one or more of the shared MHCP and United Way priorities: COVERAGE, ACCESS, CARE COORDINATION, and COMMUNITY HEALTH.
Promote the HIF
We encourage our members, partners, and affiliates to promote the Health Improvement Fund within their organizations and externally with colleagues, vendors, and contacts. Find easy-to-use resources such as email copy, video, social media images, posters, and flyers by clicking on the button below: