Institute for Health and Society

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Institute for Health and Society

Institute for Health and Society



The mission of the Institute for Health and Society is to improve health and advance equity through partnerships and to integrate medicine and population health. 

Guiding Principles

  • Integrate public and community health across research, education, clinical, and community initiatives.
  • Foster collaboration among departments and disciplines, and strengthen relationships with community.
  • Support advocacy and policy change as keys for systemic transformation.
  • Build capacity by creating and strengthening effective partnerships that are innovative and mutually beneficial.
  • Share power and resources equitably among partners to maximize effective outcomes.
  • Nurture programs in public health disciplines and encourage methodological research in biostatistics, bioethics, and global health.

Strengths of the Institute Model

  • Recognize interdisciplinary nature and breadth of community, population, public, and global health research.
  • Uniquely positioned in MCW strategic plan as both platform technology and discipline.
  • Capitalizes on College-wide faculty interests and expertise
  • Fosters collaboration across departments
  • Strengthens linkages with community and builds on community expertise
  • Increases opportunities for leveraging funds
  • Enhances visibility of MCW's commitment to community engagement
  • Builds upon Biostatistics' successful track record of collaborative and basic research
  • Advances nationally-known Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Institute Components with Faculty Leadership


  • Will occur is partnership with MCW departments and interdisciplinary centers
  • Research-intensive faculty recruits will be part of collaborating departments and the Institute
  • Core space for interdisciplinary efforts across departments will reside in the Institute
  • Includes Clinical and Translational Science Institute Biostatistics and Bioethics key functions
  • Includes basic research in statistical methodology
  • Graduate education programs in bioethics, biostatistics, public and community health, and MPH
  • Urban and Community Health and Global Health Medical Education Pathway
  • Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute
  • Education pipeline programs
Health Equity and Urban Clinical Care Partnerships
  • Forge partnerships with federally qualified health centers
  • Enhance affiliation with Children's Hospital and Froedtert Hospital for care models
  • Develop new models for primary care access for underserved populations through academic and community partnerships
Community Engagement
  • Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program
  • Youth Violence Prevention Initiative
  • Community Engagement Key Function of the CTSI
Cross-Cutting Initiatives
  • Biostatistics
  • Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
  • Global Health Program

External Collaborations

  • Strengthen partnerships with community organizations
  • Foster collaboration with academic institutions, health care organizations, and state and local health departments
  • Foster collaboration with federally qualified health centers

Planning Process

The institute was developed with a unique 30-member community-academic planning committee


Dr. John Meurer, MD, MBA serves as the Director for the Institute for Health and Society.  Each component of the Institute is led by a faculty director.  The Institute's organizational chart can be found here: IHS Org Chart
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Page Updated 10/24/2014