Welcome from Syed M. Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH

Syed M. Ahmed, MDThe Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to leadership and excellence through Community Engagement and the partnering with public and private organizations to enhance learning, research, patient care and the health of the community.

The Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement is dedicated to improve the health of communities of Wisconsin and beyond by advancing art and science of community engagement and make the Medical College of Wisconsin a national leader in improving the health of the public.

The office provides an overview of Community Engagement definitions, focus and strategy for the Medical College of Wisconsin to further the Community Engagement Mission of Medical College of Wisconsin. Community Engagement is one of the four missions of the Medical College of Wisconsin and is richly imbedded in our programs.

Guiding Principles

  • Develop reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnership with communities of Wisconsin
  • Use bi-directional dialogue in having defined community programs and scope
  • Have strong community-academic partnerships with equitable power and responsibilities
  • Build capacity within Medical College of Wisconsin and the community, and effectively disseminate plan

As Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement, Dr. Ahmed provides leadership in improving the health of the communities served by Medical College of Wisconsin through community partnerships and integration across the school’s four missions of research, education, patient care and community engagement.

Dr. Ahmed has made nationally and internationally recognized contributions to the field of community health, community-academic partnerships, community-based participatory research, and community engaged research.

Current Events & Announcements

Community Engaged Research (CEnR) Seed Grant Program: Cardiovascular Focus

The Community Engagement Core and the Cardiovascular Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin are together soliciting proposals for a competitive funding opportunity for collaborative community engaged research (CEnR) projects focused specifically on cardiovascular health and/or disease.

Full time, full-professional effort MCW faculty members working in partnership with a Wisconsin based community organization are eligible to apply. Pre-proposals must be submitted by Wednesday, July 26 at 5 p.m. CST. Up to two 18-month projects will be awarded. Funding requests should not exceed $50,000.

This award is funded in part by the Research and Education Program, a component of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at MCW. Also funding these grants are philanthropic contributions made to the MCW Cardiovascular Center.

Please contact Sarah O’Connor (Community Engagement Core, (414) 955-5726, spoconnor@mcw.edu) or Militza Bonet (Cardiovascular Center, (414) 955-4303, mbonet@mcw.edu) with questions. 

View Additional Information and Request for Proposal


MCOPP Day of Learning | July 25, 2017 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | $20 registration

Join Milwaukee County Organizations Promoting Prevention, Medical College of Wisconsin, United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee & Marquette University by taking part in a Day of Learning conference for individuals interested in building capacity in health promotion and community engagement, nutrition and physical activity, health policy and strategic planning for research. Throughout the day, there will be opportunities for learning and discussion, networking, resource sharing, and more! Come learn, share and connect!

Visit event page for more information & to register  View Day of Learning Flier (PDF)

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Office of Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement
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10361 Innovation Drive, Suite 2400
P.O. Box 26509
Milwaukee WI 53226-0509

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