The WWHF’s mission is to impact, innovate and improve women’s health in Wisconsin.
The WWHF was founded in 1997 when Sue Ann Thompson, then First Lady of the state, was recovering from breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. As she traveled the state, she saw that women lacked important information about their health and healthcare options, so she vowed to help other women access quality care and community resources. Mrs. Thompson is President of the WWHF Board and works from the WWHF office.
The WWHF has a 20 year history of collaborating with state, private, and public organizations while providing women with high quality health education information. WWHF programming focuses on impacting major causes of morbidity and mortality for Wisconsin women: cancer, heart disease, diabetes, tobacco use, mental health, dementia, domestic violence, osteoporosis and more. WWHF programs span all 72 counties, providing direct services to roughly 5,000 women each year.
WWHF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a 12 member Board of Directors comprised of volunteers. WWHF has 25+ employees with a centrally located office in Madison and outreach staff around the state.
A note from our Founder...
Thank you for your support of the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation. I am grateful for all that we have been able to accomplish in the last 20 years, with the help of our many partners and supporters.
It is an honor to serve as WWHF’s Founder and President. I am proud of how our programs continue to grow and how we still strive for excellence every day. It is a joy to be part of an organization that makes this state a healthier place to live and work.
When we began this journey in the mid-1990’s, I knew I needed to try to make a difference and that women’s health needed a spotlight, but I never could have anticipated the exciting growth we’ve experienced. As I look back on the twists and turns our path has taken, I am humbled by the many individuals we’ve met along the way and the unique opportunities I’ve had to highlight my passion for prevention and early detection.
Again, thank you for your support of the WWHF and for your interest in women’s health.
Because it all begins with a healthy woman….
Sue Ann Thompson
Founder & President
Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation
WWHF services and research initiatives are rooted in evidence-based prevention of the diseases and conditions that most impact Wisconsin women’s wellness. Our mission is to innovate, impact, and improve women’s health.
EveryWoman’s Journal teaches women to use journaling as a tool for stress reduction and self-care at workshops statewide. Each year, over 20 EveryWoman’s Journal workshops are attended by at least 150 women in communities across Wisconsin.
The Komen Breast Fund provides financial assistance for men and women in need of breast health services. The WWHF administers funds from Komen Southeast Wisconsin supported by Kohl’s Cares, which allows over 500 women per year to receive breast health services.
My Baby & Me helps women achieve alcohol-free pregnancies through screenings, education, phone counseling and text message support. Over 2,000 pregnant women are screened annually by providers at 90 sites statewide.
First Breath Families provides pregnant and postpartum women with intensive help to quit smoking through home visiting and phone support. First Breath Families’ goal is to help women quit smoking during pregnancy and stay quit postpartum, promoting smoke-free environments for women, children, and families.