JIA Received a 2019 Global Vision Community Partnership Award


The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) Foundation presented a 2019 Global Vision Community Partnership Award to the Jackson In Action (JIA) Healthy Lifestyle Coalition Program. The award recognizes and rewards community partnership projects that work with WHA member hospitals to meet an identified community health need in an innovative or creative manner. JIA is a community coalition that promotes healthy lifestyles for children, their families, and the greater community. JIA received a $2,500 grant to further support their programming initiatives presented by Leigh Ann Larson, WHA Vice President of Education and Marketing. Mary Beth White-Jacobs, CEO of Black River Memorial Hospital (BRMH) stated, “We are honored to be an award recipient on behalf of JIA. BRMH is a committed partner in this coalition. With the help of all our community partners, we will continue to work toward better health for the citizens of Jackson County.”

Formed in 2011, partnerships in JIA include Black River Memorial Hospital, local school districts, Ho-Chunk Nation, UW-Extension, local law enforcement, Jackson County Public Health and Forestry and Parks, Lunda Community Center, the Boys & Girls Club, Friends of the Library, Hansen’s IGA, and local coalition Together for Jackson County Kids. JIA provides low, or no-cost resources for activities, some of which include the Pace and Pedal Duathlon, Laces to Leaders, Move With A Doc, and a Hunter & Hiker Fitness initiative. 


Pictured are (l-r), Mary Beth White-Jacobs-BRMH CEO, Ellen Moldenhauer-Jackson County Public Health Officer, Leigh Ann Larson-WHA Vice President of Education and Marketing, Nicole Schweitzer-BRMH Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and JIA Chair, Clarence Pettibone-Ho-Chunk Nation District 1 Community Center Personal Trainer, Kathleen Clemons-HCN Exercise Physiologist, Kristi Hanson-Jackson County Public Health Nurse, and Bethany Hale-Lunda Community Center Assistant Director.

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