Marshfield Clinic Health System, Security Health Plan: Investing $300,000 in ABCs for Healthy Communities grants



MARSHFIELD – Alcohol and other drugs, behavioral health and chronic diseases powerfully affect the health of individuals, families and Wisconsin communities, so to help address these issues, Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) and Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., are partnering to offer funding through their ABCs for Healthy Communities grants.


Up to $300,000 in grant funding will be invested in supporting community efforts to address these multi-faceted issues, the ABCs – alcohol and other drug abuse, behavioral health and chronic diseases.


“MCHS and Security Health Plan are extremely proud to support our local organizations and communities through the ABCs for Healthy Communities grant program,” said Jay Shrader, vice president, Community Health & Wellness, MCHS. “We’ve talked with hundreds of community partners over the last year and we heard communities need resources to be successful in improving the health of communities we serve. Above the many programs and initiatives MCHS offers, we can further support local efforts through these grants.”


MCHS’ mission is to enrich lives by helping people and communities achieve their best health. Since 2012, Security Health Plan, an MCHS entity, has offered community health grants supporting local initiatives, programs and processes addressing community health needs. And now, together, MCHS and Security Health Plan offer these grants to continue making a difference in communities.


“ABCs often intersect with one another,” Shrader said. “Using and abusing alcohol and other drugs can lead to chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Mental health issues may lead to alcohol and other drug abuse, which critically impacts behavioral and physical health. It can be a difficult cycle to break without intervention or community action.”

All proposed initiatives and projects must address social determinants of health – education, employment, income, family and social support, community safety, environmental quality and the built environment.


Funding may be used to develop new projects or programs, or to improve existing programs.


“We’re excited to see what strategies local communities have to address these important health issues,” Shrader said.


Organizations serving rural and underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. A required letter of intent is due March 30. Grant application deadline is April 27 and award announcements are anticipated to be made the week of May 21.


To learn more or to submit an application, visit or contact Pa Khang, Community Benefits Program, Security Health Plan, 715-221-9608 or by email at




About Marshfield Clinic Health System

Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) is a $2.2 billion integrated health system serving Wisconsin with about 9,000 employees and over 1,200 providers comprising 86 specialties, health plan, and research and education programs. MCHS primary operations include Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield Medical Center, Marshfield Children’s Hospital, Lakeview Medical Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, Security Health Plan and Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation. 


About Security Health Plan

Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., part of the Marshfield Clinic Health System, is helping its 220,000 members in Wisconsin and beyond reach their best health. Accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), Security Health Plan offers health insurance coverage for employees of large and small businesses, individuals and families. Security Administrative Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Security Health Plan, provides full service third party administration for self-funded employers in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan.