CGHC Board Members Jim Wesp, Bob Connolly, Cathy Mahaffey, Bob DeVita

Fueled by the passion and commitment of business and nonprofit leaders in the Milwaukee area for affordable health insurance, Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative launched today to provide consumers, small business owners and nonprofit organizations with high quality, affordable health insurance in Southeastern Wisconsin. Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative was awarded a $56.4 million loan from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to build the new nonprofit organization and bring affordable health insurance to the region beginning January 1, 2014.

“We’re honored to bring a new approach to affordable, quality health insurance to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits throughout Southeastern Wisconsin,” said Bob Connolly, Board president of the newly formed Common Ground Healthcare initiative. “As a small business owner, I grew tired of the exorbitant increases in health insurance costs with no real additional value. Common Ground Healthcare is a solution to the region’s cry for help.”

You can follow progress on the new website, as well as on Facebook and Twitter

Read All About It!

Business Journal – 2/21/12

The Biz Times – 2/21/12

The Journal Sentinel Front Page! – 2/22/12

The Journal Sentinel – 2/21/12

Here is a great article from Alan Borsuk of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It’s about our Education Campaign about SES / Tutoring.


January 19, 2012

Milwaukee Rising Press Conference and Thank You Home Tour
On Thursday, January 19th Alderman Murphy, Common Council President Hines, Bishop Miller and leaders from Common Ground including Frank Finch III, Toni Wagner, Mary Leach-Sumlin and other Milwaukee Rising Team members came together to celebrate Milwaukee Rising in one of our rehabilitated homes ready for sale at 2402 N 46th Street.

Fox 6 – Milwaukee Rising

TMJ4 – Milwaukee Rising

Marquette Tribune 

Press Conference From Common Council President Hines office

What began in 2008 with knocking on doors asking the residents what they would like to see improved upon in their neighborhood is now being solidified with the goal of rehabilitating 100 homes in four years and getting them into the hands of responsible home owners committed to the stabilization of the neighborhood.  It’s also being realized in the plans for bringing 180 Properties to the Milwaukee Area.  They will hire local community members who will secure and oversee the up-keep of the foreclosed properties in Milwaukee.

Three homes have sold, six have been rehabilitated and 21 more are in the pipeline.  We are well on our way!  Thank you to our partners, the Sherman Park Community Association, City of Milwaukee and Zilber, Ltd.

October 18, 2011

Common Ground members interviewed on WUWM’s Lake Effect discussing the education of our children in Milwaukee.

You can either find it in the archive  or subscribe to the Lake Effect Podcast here.

June 20, 2011
Common Ground’s Milwaukee Rising Campaign receives positive media coverage in the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel

October 25, 2010

Common Ground has received significant media coverage because of the banks attending  the Healthy Neighborhoods/Healthy People 2010 event in October, 2010.  ABC/WISN Channel 12, NBC/WTMJ Channel 4 and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel all covered our story.

The next step is to see how the banks respond. we’ll find out at our next meeting on November 10th, 2010.

May 25, 2010

Click here for a link to an article in the Huffington Post about our trip to Germany and the Faces of Foreclosure campaign.

January 25, 2010

News coverage of the launch of Common Ground’s Faces of Foreclosure campaign including:

WISN Channel 12

WITI Fox 6

Marquette Tribune

Biz Times

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 1/27/10

Daily Reporter

January 20, 2010

Common Ground is receiving a significant amount of media coverage from newspapers, radio and television with the release of it’s Foreclosure Research and Action Report.

Read the January 20th Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article by Georgia Pabst here

Listen to the January 20th radio broadcast on Milwaukee Public Radio’s WUWM here.

Watch the WITI Fox 6 story from January 19th here

Watch the WTMJ NBC Channel 4 story from January 19th here.

December 17, 2009

WISN published the following  about Common Ground and the Foreclosed Homes issue facing Southeastern Wisconsin. Read here WISN article and watch here WISNyoutube

November 24, 2009

Georgia Pabst of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel brings exposure to the foreclosure battle in an article published November 24, 2009.  Read it here.

September 28, 2009

Common Ground members in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee are organizing for neighborhood improvements.  Partnering with St. Joseph Hospital an “anchor” institution in the community, Common Ground member groups are making a difference.  Read more

September 2, 2009

Fox 6 News was in attendance at our August 31st Sherman Park Public Action.

Watch the video.

September 25, 2008

‘Thinking out loud’ explores issues
Common Ground session offers a chance to air ideas on challenge

August 6, 2008

With assist from Jewish community, Common Ground seeks social change

April 17, 2008

Common Ground mirrors Catholic social teaching
Four-county organization opportunity to ‘put faith into action’


Empowered Milwaukeeans find a Common Ground

April 14, 2008

Coalition seeks solutions
Common Ground rally inaugurates effort to make region a better place to live

Common Ground Emerges in Milwaukee
WUWM-FM | Milwaukee, WI

New Common Ground Group Recently Formed
WITI-TV | Milwaukee, WI

Common Ground works to address socioeconomic issues
New Marquette chapter pledges to help regional group

April 2, 2008

New MU organization to improve Milwaukee by establishing a “common ground”
THE WARRIOR | Milwaukee, WI

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