Making a difference in Milwaukee – and beyond.

The Milwaukee Health Care Partnership (MHCP) has received recognition for its innovation and collaboration with a number of awards and has been cited in a variety print and web publications. MHCP leaders have also presented at regional and national conferences and webinars. The following is just a partial list organizations that recognize the impact MHCP members are making in Milwaukee.

In May 2023, Joy Tapper received the Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Public Health Association recognizing her significant contributions to public health in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Policy Forum 2022 Salute to Local Government Award for Public-Private Collaboration recognized the Mental Health Emergency Center as a historic joint-venture between Milwaukee County and the four Milwaukee-area health systems: Advocate Aurora Health, Ascension Wisconsin, Children’s Wisconsin, and Froedtert Health.

In 2022, the members of the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership (MHCP) were selected as winners of the LISC Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) BMO Harris Cornerstone Award. This award recognized the MHCP members’ longstanding commitment to the community, and persistence and effectiveness over time.

Healthcare IT News highlighted the MHCP’s ED to Medical Home program in their 2018 article Care coordination tools cut non-emergency ER use by 44% at Milwaukee Health Care.

The Milwaukee Business Health Care Group’s Leading Change, Creating Value award was given to the MHCP in 2017 in recognition of their dedication to improving health care coverage, access, care coordination and community health for undeserved populations.

The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) awarded Joy Tapper, Executive Director of the MHCP, an honorable mention as part of its 2015 Leadership in Advocacy Award.

Stateline/The Pew Charitable Trust highlighted the MHCP’s ED to Medical home program in their 2015 article States Strive to Keep Medicaid Patients Out of the Emergency Department.

The Medical Society of Milwaukee County honored Joy Tapper, Executive Director of the MHCP, with the Health Care Champion Award in 2014, as a visionary who leads with passion and shapes outcomes through partnership and collaboration.

The American Dental Association‘s Action for Dental Health series highlighted the MHCP’s commitment to expanding access to dental care for low-income residents in 2014.

Chicago Medicine highlighted the MHCP’s ED to Medical Home program in their 2014 article Introducing CountyCare; This coordinated approach to Medicaid relies on federal funding and partnerships to deliver upfront care in the doctor’s office.

The American Hospital Association: Health Forums: Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) featured the MHCP’s ED to Medical Home program in 2 Ways to Fight ED Misuse – and Win, as part of the 2013 issue of H&HN Daily.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association’s Global Vision Award recognizes community health initiatives that use creativity, innovation, partnership and collaboration to successful address a documented community health need. The Partnership received the award on behalf of all of our participating health systems in 2012.

The American Hospital Association’s NOVA Award, sponsored by the American Hospital Association and Hospitals & Health Networks, honors effective, collaborative programs focused on improving community health status. The Partnership was recognized along with the four other winners in 2011.

Health Affairs highlighted the MHCPs collaborative framework and successes as part of their 2011 article Improving Health Care Access for Low-Income People: Lessons from Ascension Health’s Community Collaboratives.

The MHCP and its ED to Medical Home program was featured as a case study in Healthcare Financial Management’s 2011 article physician integration; the community health center collaboration option.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is a federal agency dedicated to improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care.  AHRQ features the work of the Partnership in coverage and care coordination in its Policy and Innovation Profiles.

In collaboration with the Wisconsin Collaborative for Health Care Quality, the Partnership’s ED to Medical Home Initiative was recognized as one of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Health Care Quality’s “Bright Spots.”