Addressing the cultural and medical needs of Wisconsin's Latino population

The Foundation's Local Initiative Funding Partners Program is a matching grants program designed to establish partnerships between the Foundation and local grantmakers in support of innovative, community-based projects that improve health and health care for underserved and vulnerable populations.Access, language and sociocultural barriers to the diagnosis of dementia in Spanish-speaking patients create social, financial, mental and physical consequences for patients and their families. This grant supports new tools for assessing immigrant, low-income, Hispanic seniors including neuro-psychiatric testing. The new Latino Dementia Center is located in a vibrant Hispanic community service center that features an 800-student charter school, restaurant, fitness center and arts center, as well as a senior center and adult day program. Participants with Alzheimer's will receive medication management, adult day services and caregiver support. Project partners include two medical schools and the local Alzheimer's association. Outreach campaigns will inform the Latino community of the benefits of early diagnosis and encourage physicians to refer to the program. Funding partners include The Helen Bader Foundation, The Catholic Community Foundation, Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation, The Faye McBeath Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $385,320.00

Awarded on: 6/22/2006

Time frame: 7/1/2006 - 6/30/2009

Grant Number: 58038


United Community Center Inc.

1028 South 9th Street
Milwaukee, 53204-1335


Ricardo Diaz
Project Director