The American Cancer Society and Kohl’s have partnered to create the Kohl’s Healthy Families program which supports families through the prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. The program serves the following counties in southeast Wisconsin: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha.
Current key activities of the Kohl’s Healthy Families program include implementing community wellness grants, providing training and development for educators and community health workers, supporting transportation services for cancer patients, and providing a screening webinar series for health care professionals in Wisconsin.
In addition, a portion of Kohl’s current investment was allocated in early 2020 to support the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center – a vital 24-7 resource for anyone impacted by cancer.
The Kohl’s Healthy Families program includes:
- The Healthy Families Guidebook that contains practical tips and tools to help families eat healthy and be physically active. American Cancer Society screening guidelines are also included. Information is presented in an easy to understand format with recipes, exercise ideas, and stress management tips for the entire family.
- Community wellness grants that help improve access to healthy foods and offer education about healthy eating to underserved communities in Milwaukee. Community partners receiving these grants can provide healthy food, including to those most affected by COVID-19, continue current healthy eating programming, and develop virtual education opportunities about the importance of healthy eating.
- Continued collaboration with local community health workers who provide a critical link for those in some of our most vulnerable communities to much-needed resources. The Community Health Worker Conference, held annually in Milwaukee, provides education and resources to increase knowledge of cancer prevention and screening. A partnership with UniteMKE provides support for workforce development and sustainability for community health workers.
- Transportation grants to health systems throughout Wisconsin that help cancer patients get to their treatment and other cancer-related appointments.
- A cancer screening webinar series that offers health care providers across Wisconsin an opportunity to share strategies that will increase screening amidst COVID-19.
- Support of Milwaukee Public Schools and Milwaukee Recreation to bring healthy eating and active living skills into the classroom and community through a small group training for teachers and programming for community members.
- Kohl’s sponsorship of these American Cancer Society community events in southeast Wisconsin:
- Local presenting sponsor – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Milwaukee (since 2010)
- Exclusive sponsor – Community Health Worker Conference (since 2010)
- Sponsor – select Relay For Life events (since 2015)