K-HIP, the Kenosha Healthy Improvement Project is taking the lead on making healthy living easier in Kenosha through health promotion and chronic disease prevention strategies. The initiative is focusing on Policy, System and Environmental (PSE) strategies to improve access to healthy foods and strengthen community and clinical linkages.

The K-HIP coalition consists of healthcare providers, grocery stores, farmer markets, and local community members and organizations. Our three primary focus areas include:

  1. Encouraging healthy food choices at grocery stores through enhanced food promotions.

  2. Increasing the number of farmer’s markets that accept SNAP and WIC Farmer Market Nutrition Program checks and increasing utilization at the local farmer markets.

  3. Developing and marketing Eat.Move.Thrive., a “non-pharmaceutical” prescription pad for providers to “write a prescription” for health improvement activities.

Working in Partnership for a Healthier Community

Working in Partnership for a Healthier Community

K-HIP recently completed a pilot study with local health care providers to incorporate the Eat. Move. Thrive. non-pharmaceutical prescription pad into positive behavior change through healthy eating, physical activity and mental wellness activities.  These innovative prescriptions will engage patients in improving their health and the health of their families. 


Farmer Markets Workgroup

Farmer Markets workgroup increase usage of farmer markets in Kenosha County. Farmers provided suggestions on ways to increase the foot traffic at long-standing community markets with decorative seasonal signage. K-HIP developed signs for Pennoyer Park, Columbus Park, Lincoln Park and Baker Park.




K-HIP participating organizations promoted the availability of using SNAP/EBT at the Harbor Market to purchase fresh produce and other eligible items.   Through their Double Bucks program participants and families who receive SNAP benefits were able double their FoodShare dollars and get more local, fresh, healthy veggies, plants that grow food, and locally raised foods!


Building Relationships

An early success of the project was increasing the number of farmers who accept WIC farmer Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks and the Senior Fruit and Vegetable vouchers through education about the programs and building relationships with local farmers.


Cooking Matters

In addition to increasing new promotional strategies, K-HIP partnered with UW-Extension, Food Wise to coordinate Cooking Matters as in store tours. A yearlong calendar was created to arrange monthly tours between four grocery stores. Like us on Facebook for updates on the location and day/time of the tours.

RxPad Providers

• 22nd Avenue Acupuncture

• Dr. Junith M. Thompson, MD SC

• Aurora Pediatrics- Dr. Diane Gerlach,
        Dr. Soniya G. Shah

• Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

• ELCA Outreach Center

• Durrani Family Medicine

• Family Pediatrics, Dr. Tahir

• FoodWIse

• Harborside Commons Senior Apartments

• Hope Council

• Kenosha County Division of Health

• KCDOH- Home Visiting Program

• Kenosha Community Health Center

• Kenosha Family Practice-
        Dr. Stephen Feurbach

• KUSD-Kenosha Unified School District

• Oakwood Clinical Associates

• Partners in Health

• Dr. Rodrigo Mata III, MD

• PSN- Prevention Services Network

• RKCAA- Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency:
        WIC, Fit Families, Dedicated Dads,
        Senior Fruit & Vegetable Vouchers

• Holistic Center for Children and Families

• Trinity Lutheran Church

• UHSI- United Hospital System