(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam has started an initiative to support local non-profit organizations. Hospital officials have announced the creation of a Community Health Stipend Program. Its intent is to assist groups actively working to develop new ideas or enhance existing projects that improve the health of residents in Dodge County. Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam Chief Administrative Officer Angelia Foster says they believe engaged; community well-being work is best performed by those closest to the issues. She says as they align their organizational community health efforts with the goals outlined in the new Community Health Implementation Strategy, one way to begin efficiently addressing these issues is to provide funds to local partners. The 2021 Community Health Implementation Strategy was formulated from the hospitals recent Community Health Needs Assessment for Dodge County and will soon be released publicly. Priorities identified by the report include alcohol and substance abuse, behavioral health, chronic disease prevention and social determinants of health. Organizations interested in applying for the stipends, which can range from $1,000 to $10,000, through November 30th online at www.bdch.com/stipend. The Community Health Sub-Committee will review applications and determine which requests are approved.