American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) associate executive director Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has implemented several new initiatives at the organization, such as establishing the Department for Subspecialty Pediatrics. Outside his responsibilities for the AAP, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva serves a professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In June 2016, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) committed to donating more than $20 million to behavioral health issues throughout the state.
The MCW will distribute the funds to 10 community coalitions through the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment, an endowment stewarded by the MCW for the purpose of improving the health of Wisconsin residents. Community coalitions consist of approximately 12 organizations each spread across 26 counties. The first year of grant distribution will focus on the training of coalitions and medical personnel and continue to promote collaboration between behavioral healthcare organizations in the ongoing years.
The awarding of grants to community coalitions marks a shift in the way the MCW’s endowment management processes. It took a more traditional approach to endowment management in previous years and awarded grants to individual nonprofits and public entities. While the AHW Endowment will continue to fund smaller projects with specific goals, it will extend support to more long-term commitments and focus on initiatives with the potential to make necessary changes in the delivery of health care services.