Children's Hospital honors public policy leaders - Darling and Shilling work to close gaps in childhood wellness

November 18, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin honored Senators Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) for their efforts to improve children's health care coverage and access, at the eighteenth annual Bids for Kids dinner and auction at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center downtown, Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The Children's Champion policy award honors public policy leaders in Wisconsin who strive to make a positive impact in the lives of Wisconsin children and families by working to move health and child well-being policy forward.

"Working with my colleagues and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, a leader in advocacy for children, is my distinct pleasure," said Senator Darling.

"It's an honor to work together to provide innovative and creative solutions to issues facing Wisconsin's children and families," said Senator Shilling.

"Children's Hospital of Wisconsin applauds Senators Darling and Shilling for their work in the last several legislative sessions to champion numerous policies to improve coverage and access to healthcare for children, injury prevention laws, initiatives to improve child health and social service laws," said Michelle Mettner, vice president, Government Relations & Advocacy, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Children's Hospital is bringing care to kids through its Community Services programs. In 2012, Children's invested more than $117 million to fund these community-based projects that the organization believes will help make Wisconsin's children the healthiest in the nation: medical and dental care, school nurses, family resource centers, child and family counseling, foster and adoption services, child advocacy and child abuse services.

Over the past two years, Children's has opened new clinics in three targeted Milwaukee neighborhoods: Amani Heights, Lindsay Heights and Metcalfe Park. By partnering with neighborhood centers like the YMCA, COA Goldin Center and the Next Door Foundation, Children's has found a way to bring health care to families in these neighborhoods quickly and cost-effectively.

An award also was presented to the Welfare Auxiliary of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for more than 80 years of service.