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The Aspirus Health Foundation exists to strengthen the healing mission of Aspirus and to improve health and quality of life for people in our communities.
Aspirus Health Foundation
425 Pine Ridge Boulevard
Wausau, WI 54401
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Left to Right: Kalynn Pempek (Exec. Dir.), John Heisler, Chad Radke, DO, Stewart Etten, Deborah Kane (Secretary/Treasurer), Lynn Krohn, John Tubbs (Chair), Sid Sczygelski (Asst. Treasurer), Matt Heywood (Aspirus CEO), Kay Gruling, MD, Steve Weiland, MD, Brad Peck, Ben Reif, and Charlie Peth. Not pictured: Bill Becker, Paul LaPree (Vice Chair) and Noel Sonnek, MD
With your help, Aspirus Health Foundation strives to support community-based efforts that align with our mission to advance health and improve quality of life for people in our region.
The Aspirus Health Foundation raises money for various health related initiatives in the community and within Aspirus. In addition to raising money and receiving community gifts, the Foundation also determines the best way to utilize its resources to make the biggest impact on the community.
Some of the projects we have partnered to support include:
The Foundation also supports and invests in programs that more directly support:
The Aspirus Health Foundation is committed to the health and well-being of people in north central Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Annually, the foundation provides support to a variety of health services and programs to improve health and quality of life for people in the region.
For information on our funding priorities and how to apply, please view and download our Application Guidelines for:
Please submit your grant application electronically. Please submit your applications by the following quarterly deadlines:
You must complete both steps below for your application to be considered:
The online grant application does not save your work as you go. Please use the available templates on this page (application and budget) to save your work. Then cut & past your work and upload your attachments when you are READY TO SUBMIT the final. Thank you.
STEP 1: Submit Application form (choose one to complete)
STEP 2: Submit Line Item Budget & Budget Narrative
Use the following templates to help you prepare your application prior to submitting your forms:
Line Item Budget and Budget Narrative
Application Form (Microsoft Word file)
Please be sure to review the grant guidelines which include a checklist of attachments that must accompany your application in order to be considered.
Click on the recipients below for more information.
Funds will be used to help purchase additional bariatric equipment for the Health Equipment Lending Program (HELP) in order to meet the increased need for this equipment in the community for people who are obese and overweight.
Funding will help provide reusable meal delivery equipment and insulated bags used in transporting nutritious meals to seniors and people who are homebound in the Wausau area.
Funds will support wellness programs for people in our community who have serious, persistent, and chronic mental health illnesses and problems with overweight and obesity. This initiative will address nutrition, physical exercise and lifestyle changes, through support, counseling, and wellness activities.
Funding will help provide and install grab bars and/or railings into the homes of low-income elderly residents of Marathon County, at no cost to the recipient. Accidental falls are the leading cause of injury and death in people over 65, and this prevention program will help seniors remain independent and safe in their homes.
Funding will support a 12-week educational program for families who have a relative with a serious mental illness. Families will learn about various mental illnesses, the brain, medicines, treatments, the latest research on mental illnesses, the prevalence of mental illness, NAMI support and advocacy programs, and how to handle problems and crisis situations. They will also learn about the referral process and the service agencies in our community.
Funding will support an interactive workshop where parents will learn the basics normal newborn development and behavior (specifically early cues, crying and sleep patterns) and learn about the importance of early feeding decisions.
Funding to support students who are entering health careers through scholarships.
Funds will be used to support the Buddy and Me Splash and Play program that will provide swimming lessons and activities to children with special needs ages 1 to fifth grade.
Funding will be used to support four summer internship positions through Wisconsin Area Health Education Center’s (AHEC) Community Health Internship Program. This program links undergraduate and graduate student interns with health departments, community health centers, tribal health centers, and community service agencies throughout Wisconsin to address a variety of public health issues. Students will lead projects proposed by the host agency or health department to address local health priorities.
Funding will support a six-week, after-school nutrition pilot program called The Food is Elementary. The evidence-based program is a collaborative effort with the Wausau School District to introduce young children to the basics of nutrition and cooking through hands-on preparation. Two schools – Hawthorne Hills and Lincoln Elementary – are part of the pilot program that could be expanded to additional students next school year.
Funds will be used to support a pilot project to design an effective survey method aimed at collecting information about the Wausau Area Hmong population and their health, health concerns, lifestyles, and health behaviors. This information is essential to helping the Hmong people take an active role in improving their health.
Funds will be used to provide prepackaged, non-perishable, healthy foods on the weekends to elementary school students who are eligible for the reduced and free lunch program.
Funding will provide scholarships to students pursuing degrees in health care professions. These scholarships play an important role in ensuring that skilled and trained professionals are available to serve the health needs of people in our region, particularly as our population ages.
Funding will help support a volunteer athletic mentoring program which pairs children, adults or veterans who have special needs with able-bodied athletes. Teams will work together to train for and participant in fitness or endurance events, such as 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon, triathlon, and Ironman.
Nov. 21-26, 2017
Get in the holiday spirit during this Thanksgiving week event at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center. Stroll through a glittering forest of over one hundred holiday trees, wreaths, mantels and specialty items decorated and donated by community members for raffle and silent auction. Visit with Santa, enjoy a complimentary cookie and beverage and be entertained by local musicians – all with your ticket purchase. Proceeds benefit Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
To inquire about how you can get involved in these activities, visit the event webpage or call the Aspirus Health Foundation at 715-847-2470.
The family of Joyce Rossmanith, “Joyce’s Angels,” participated in the event to honor her memory and help others in need of hospice care.
May 13, 2017
Join us on Saturday, May 13th to have fun with family and friends while supporting Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Fabiano Brothers in Weston. Many participants are there in honor of a loved one who received hospice care or to celebrate the people who provide hospice care. This family-friendly event includes a 5K run/walk, 10K run, free kids fun run, food, children’s activities, raffle and balloon release. Runners, walkers, stroller/wagon riders, teams of all kinds are welcome! Please visit the Run for Hospice website to register and for further details.
Proceeds from this year’s event will help support an important interior renovation to the Hospice House.
Monday, August 7, 2017
Dress up or dress down for this swinging summer event at the Wausau Country Club. Play golf and play around. Be carefree! Be silly! Be loud! Be involved. Be generous. Be proud. Ladies enjoy a best ball scramble with a morning or afternoon flight full of fun, prizes, raffles, food and even a male caddy-- whose tips are donated to the cause. This year’s proceeds are used to help children and adult victims of sexual assault and abuse by supporting a nurse examiner program.