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Julia Dickson-Gomez, PhD asked to serve on NIH study section

Aug. 11 - Julia Dickson-Gomez, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), has been invited to serve as a member of the Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to Preventing HIV/AIDS Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, for the term beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2019.

$1.5 million gift establishes Charles E. Kubly Psychiatry Access Project Endowed Fund

Aug. 10 - Milwaukee-area philanthropists Dr. Michael and Mrs. Billie Kubly have made a $1.5 million gift to the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) to establish an endowed fund to support a unique project that gives pediatricians and family physicians tools to identify, diagnose and treat children with mental illness and mental health issues.

MCW’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment invests $1.7 million in six community health improvement awards

Aug. 8 - Six community health projects ranging in scope from youth suicide prevention in Jackson County to increased access to farmers markets in low-income areas of Milwaukee will benefit from funding awarded by the Medical College of Wisconsin's (MCW) Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment. Funding for the six awards is more than $1.7 million.

EveryBODY Play! Adaptive Sports Expo

July 27 - For some people living with physical disabilities, participating in sports is just a dream, but MCW is trying to change that through the EveryBODY Play! Adaptive Sports Expo. WISN

Dr. Willis Says Poor Communications between Doctors/Parents Leads to Low Vaccination Rates

July 20 - Dr. Earnestine Willis, Principal Investigator for the Community Health Improvement for Milwaukee’s Children project, said that poor communication between doctors and Central City parents contributes to low vaccination rates. Parents may think their child is current on vaccinations when they are not. Urban Milwaukee

Editorial Identifies MCW as Participant in Summit on Creating Safer Neighborhoods

May 28 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial on gun violence notes the importance of grass-roots efforts of neighborhoods most affected by violence. The editorial identifies MCW as one of the major institutions that participated in a March summit meeting on creating safer neighborhoods. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Care and quality of life for older, rural HIV-positive adults

May 20 - The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Center for AIDS Intervention and Research has received a two-year, $420,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging to determine the factors among older, rural HIV-positive adults that contribute to that group’s mortality rates.

Dr. O’Brien Discusses Work of Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission to Address Violence

May 13 - In an article in the New Yorker, Mallory O’Brien, PhD, (Institute for Health & Society – Epidemiology) discusses the work of the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission to address violence in Milwaukee. Dr. O’Brien is the Commission’s Director. New Yorker and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Hargarten, Julie Halverson Call for Public Health Approach to Reduce Gun Violence

May 13 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten (Emergency Medicine; Associate Dean for Global Health) and Julie Halverson (Injury Research Center) call for a public health approach to reduce gun violence in Milwaukee in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opinion editorial. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Rabbitt Discusses Research on Sex Trafficking Victims

May 7 - Fox-TV/Channel 6 reports on research published in Pediatrics by Dr. Angela Rabbitt (Pediatrics – Child Advocacy) that found that physicians are unprepared to identify victims of sex trafficking. Dr. Rabbitt said that efforts are underway at MCW to teach medical students about how to recognize sex trafficking victims. Fox 6 Now

UWM Paramedic Training Program to Provide Follow-Up Care for Fire Department

May 7 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten (Emergency Medicine) was a speaker at a news conference to announce that UWM will launch a paramedic training program to provide follow-up care with the Milwaukee Fire Department. MCW is a partner in the program. WisPolitics and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

WUWM-FM Reports on Project Ujima

Apr. 22 - Jermaine Belcher, a Project Ujima employee, discusses the work of the violence prevention program on WUWM-FM. Project Ujima is a joint program of MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. WUWM

Chan Discusses Perspectives on Civil Rights Movement’s Impact on Youth

Apr. 21 - Dr. Carlyle Chan (Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine) participated in a panel discussion on the lives of those who lived through the civil rights movement as well as the perspective of today's youth and their present day challenges and opportunities. The event was sponsored by the Milwaukee County Department on Aging’s Underserved Populations Workgroup. On Milwaukee

Grant Supports Project Ujima’s Summer Camp for At-Risk Youth

Apr. 20 - Diversified Insurance Solutions has awarded its first 2015 SPARK Grant to Project Ujima, a youth violence prevention program co-sponsored by MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The $5,000 award will be used to fund a Hip Hop Therapy program during Camp Ujima, a six-week summer camp designed to help at-risk youth build their confidence and self-esteem, develop a strong peer support system, build positive social skills and avoid adverse behaviors. Wauwatosa Now

Public Health Week: building on 20 years of success

Apr. 10 - Let’s celebrate our accomplishments and talk about what it will take to become the Healthiest Nation in One Generation!

National Public Health Week: building broader connections

Apr. 9 - Let’s map the network of partners and connections needed in our communities to make the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation.

National Public Health Week: building momentum

Apr. 8 - Let’s highlight the significant shifts that demonstrate momentum is building around a higher commitment to our nation’s public health.

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National Public Health Week: starting from Zip

Apr. 7 - Today, your ZIP code says far too much about your health. Within the United States, there are unacceptable disparities in health, state-by-state and even county-by-county. The effort to make the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation starts with ensuring equity across our communities.

National Public Health Week: raising the grade

Apr. 6 - It’s National Public Health Week! During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.

Violence Prevention Initiative to Co-Sponsor Conference on “Compassion Fatigue”

Apr. 2 - MCW’s Violence Prevention Initiative will join with the Charles E. Kubly Foundation and Jewish Family Services to host a conference on “compassion fatigue” on April 17 at the Italian Conference Center. Compassion fatigue can result when health care workers and others in helping professions become so focused on assisting others that they neglect their own physical and mental health. Jewish Chronicle

Mini Medical School Encourages Minority Students to Pursue Careers in Medicine

Mar. 31 - MCW’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association hosted a Mini Medical School Day for 70 Milwaukee middle school and high school students. Mini Medical School Day is an effort to encourage underrepresented minorities to pursue a career in medicine. The project is supported by MCW’s Office of Student Affairs and Diversity, and the Office of Faculty Affairs & Diversity. Milwaukee Community Journal

MCW injury research expert featured in USA Today story about carrying guns on some campuses

Mar. 27 - Stephen Hargarten, MD, MA, professor and chair of emergency medicine, was interviewed for a USA Today story about a proposal to allow students to carry guns on some Nevada campuses. Dr. Hargarten questions the adequacy of the proposed training for those who wish to carry firearms. USA Today

AHW Awards $250,000 Grant to Reduce Youth Alcohol, Drug Abuse in Rusk County

Mar. 26 - MCW’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment awarded Indianhead Community Action Agency $250,000 over two years to lead an initiative to reduce the prevalence of alcohol and other drug abuse among youth in northwest Wisconsin’s Rusk County. Dr. Sadhana Dharmapuri (Pediatrics – Adolescent Medicine) is the MCW partner on the project. Biz Times

Study Finds that Health Care Workers Can’t Identify Sex Trafficking Victims

Mar. 25 - Major media outlets nationwide, including U.S. News and World Report, Fox News and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reported on a study published in Pediatrics by Dr. Angela Rabbitt (Pediatrics – Child Advocacy & Protection) that found that health care workers are not confident that they can recognize when children have been victims of sex trafficking. M-3 medical student Megan Beck was a co-author on the study. US News Health, Fox News and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

HWPP Supports Benedict Center’s Initiative to Help Women Escape from Prostitution

Mar. 24 - MCW’s Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program provided funding support for the Benedict Center’s Sisters Diversion Program, an initiative to help women escape prostitution. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

AHW awards $250,000 to combat youth drug and alcohol abuse

Mar. 20 - The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment awarded $250,000 over two years to reduce the prevalence of alcohol and other drug abuse among youth in northwest Wisconsin’s Rusk County. BizTimes

Five-Year AHW Grant Supporting Violence Prevention Initiative to End on June 30

Mar. 10 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that a five-year, $8.2 million grant supporting the Violence Prevention Initiative will end on June 30, 2015. The grant was funded through MCW’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin. A portion of unspent funds from the grant will be used to pay for an outside evaluation of the program. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

PhD Candidate Receives $37,000 NIH Grant to Study Mexican-American Oral Health

Mar. 9 - Dina Garcia, a PhD candidate in Public and Community Health, received a $37,000 grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to explore the impact of diabetes on Mexican-Americans’ oral health, and the relationship between those factors and the acculturation of individuals within that ethnic group. Wauwatosa Now

Project Adam Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Mar. 3 - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Public Schools celebrated the 10th anniversary of Project Adam; a campaign to place AEDs in schools. The campaign was founded by Dr. Stuart Berger who is now at the University of California – Davis. WISN, Fox6Now and Milwaukee Community Journal

CHW/Marquette Clinic Contributes to Revitalization of Milwaukee’s Amani Neighborhood

Mar. 3 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel articles focuses on community efforts to revitalize Milwaukee’s Amani neighborhood, historically one of Milwaukee’s most challenged neighborhoods with high rates of poverty and crime. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Marquette University’s College of Nursing recently joined to create a pediatric and family clinic inside the COA Goldin Center in the Amani neighborhood. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

New Lisbon Avenue Health Center Serves Milwaukee’s Central City

Mar. 2 - Progressive Community Health Centers' new Lisbon Avenue Health Center is now open, providing services to an additional 11,000 people in Milwaukee’s Central City neighborhoods. Froedtert Health contributed to the development of the $12.5 million facility. The new clinic also has three exam rooms for visiting specialists from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Froedtert Health and the Medical College accept referrals from the community health center. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin Health News and Biz Times

Dr. Mackinnon Discusses Pneumonia Vaccine for Adults

Feb. 26 - Dr. Jennifer Mackinnon (Medicine – General Internal) discusses the pneumonia vaccine for adults in her health report on NBC-TV/Channel 4. Dr. Mackinnon provides a health report as a regular feature on the TV station. TMJ4

Science Café series to be held at Milwaukee Public Library

Feb. 26 - The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeast Wisconsin will hold a series of Science Cafés at the Milwaukee Public Library’s Central location that are free and open to the public. The theme of the 2015 series is “Focus on Health Disparities in Overall Health Outcomes,” and topics will include depression, oral health disparities, cancer survivorship, and unique stressors facing young adults with cancer.

Injury Research Center Models Violence Prevention Project on Wales’ Program

Feb. 23 - MCW’s Injury Research Center received a one-year, $194,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice to translate a violence prevention model to the Milwaukee area. The project is modeled on a program in Cardiff, Wales that engages law enforcement, the health care sector, public health, and other stakeholders. The project is led by Dr. Stephen Hargarten, Dr. Michael Levas and Jennifer Hernandez-Meier, MSW. Wauwatosa Now

Diabetes and oral health in Milwaukee’s Mexican-American community

Feb. 23 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has earned a $37,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to explore the impact of diabetes on Mexican-Americans’ oral health, and the relationship between those factors and the acculturation of individuals within that ethnic group.

Dr. Spellecy Participates in 4th Street Forum Panel Discussion on Caring for the Mentally Ill

Feb. 18 - Ryan Spellecy, PhD was a panelist on Milwaukee Public Television/Channel 10’s “Fourth Street Forum” program on “Caring for People with Mental Illness: Can’t We Do Better?” MPTV

Dr. Aufderheide Named “Giant of Resuscitation Medicine”

Feb. 17 - The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) named Dr. Tom Aufderheide (Emergency Medicine) a “Giant of Resuscitation Medicine.” ILCOR is an organization that serves as a liaison for resuscitation organizations across the globe. Wauwatosa Now

Million dollar grant, gift will expand state’s Child Psychiatry Consultation Program

Feb. 12 - Wisconsin children seeking mental health services will now have better access to diagnoses and medication through their primary care providers, thanks to a new program being funded by a $1 million grant from the state’s Department of Health Services and additional support from the Kubly family.

New genetically modified plants have better drought tolerance

Feb.11 - A team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR); and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has designed genetically-modified plants that can reduce water loss during times of drought, thus helping the plants survive.

Community Mental Health Seminars Aimed at Raising Public Knowledge and Awareness

Feb. 5 - MCW’s Institute for Health and Society is hosting a series of free community mental health seminars for the public to raise knowledge and awareness of mental illness. The series is funded by the Faye McBeath Foundation and MCW, and will be held at MCW. Biz Times

Dr. Kelly Receives $675,000 NIH Grant to Engage HIV+ Individuals through Social Networks

Feb. 3 - Jeffrey Kelly, PhD received a three-year, $675,000 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to explore the use of social networks to engage people living with HIV infection, but who have never sought treatment or have ceased seeking medical care. Wauwatosa Now

Dr. Melzer-Lange Discusses Emotional, Physical Scars of Firearm Injuries

Jan. 27 - Dr. Marlene Melzer-Lange provides expert comment in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the emotional and physical scars carried by adults who survived firearms injuries when they were children. The article provides background information on Project Ujima, a joint program of MCW and Children’s, to prevent childhood violence and provide support to pediatric victims of violence. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Community Mental Health seminar series has two events in February

Jan. 27 - The MCW Institute of Health and Society launched a free Community Mental Health seminar series to raise knowledge, influence attitudes and modify primary care and community practices to help people with special needs.

MCW to pilot Child Psychiatry Consultation Program in Milwaukee County, Northern Wisconsin

Jan. 23 - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services awarded MCW a $1 million grant to pilot a Child Psychiatry Consultation Program in Milwaukee County and 15 counties in Northern Wisconsin. MCW will partner with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to develop and implement the program BizTimes

Can social networks improve rates of treatment for HIV?

Jan. 22 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a three-year, $675,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Mental Health to explore the use of social networks to engage people living with HIV infection (PLH), but who have never sought treatment or have ceased seeking medical care.

Caring for gunshot victims

Jan. 5 - Wisconsin Public Radio did a series of stories about gun violence in Milwaukee. As part of the series, Stephen Hargarten, MD, professor and chair of emergency medicine and director of the injury research center at MCW, was interviewed about advances in care for gunshot victims, and the value and importance of the Level 1 trauma center at Froedtert Hospital. Wisconsin Public Radio

Woman transcends scars both seen and unseen

Jan. 20 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiles a young woman who was shot by a stray bullet at the age of five. Marlene Melzer-Lange, MD, professor of emergency medicine, medical director of emergency services at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and director of Project Ujima, discusses the impact of violence and fear on young children. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Workplace Clinic for City of Milwaukee Employees Opens

Jan. 20 - Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held for the new Froedtert & MCW Workplace Clinic for City of Milwaukee employees, their spouses and domestic partners. Milwaukee’s first workplace clinic, which will be staffed by a nurse practitioner, is located in the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building in downtown Milwaukee. CBS 58, Biz Times

Carnegie Foundation Awards Community Engagement Classification to MCW

Jan. 19 - MCW was awarded Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in recognition of MCW’s community engagement practices. Biz Times

MCW to host community mental health series

Jan. 15 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will host a series of community mental health seminars that are free and open to the public at its campus in Wauwatosa. Topics will include the mental health of children and adults, reducing the stigma of mental health, identifying and treating mental illness, improving outcomes of mental health patients, legal and ethical aspects of treating mental illness, and other topics.

Community Mental Health seminar series to launch in January

Jan. 6 - The MCW Institute of Health and Society (IHS) is launching a free Community Mental Health seminar series in January to raise knowledge, influence attitudes and modify primary care and community practices to help people with special needs.

Dr. Hargarten Discusses How Firearm Injuries Lead to a Diminished Quality of Life

Jan. 5 - In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, Dr. Stephen Hargarten (Emergency Medicine) discusses the diminished quality of life for individuals who survive firearm injuries. In 2014, 650 people in Milwaukee were either killed or injured by firearms. WPR

Violence Prevention Initiative, Project Ujima Co-Sponsor Gun Violence Summit

Dec. 18 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten addressed Milwaukee’s second annual gun violence prevention summit. Fox 6 Now and WUWM

Green Bay Packers’ Donald Driver Teams with Hospital for Wellness Program

Dec. 15 - Former Green Bay Packer star Donald Driver has teamed with the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to establish Driven to Better Health, a school and family-based wellness partnership for Wisconsin children and families. Biz Times

Community Organizations Provide Input at Summit on Building Healthy Neighborhoods

Dec. 10 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that MCW is one of about two dozen organizations that provided input at a Milwaukee summit on building healthy neighborhoods. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Singh Addresses Milwaukee’s Preparedness to Deal with Ebola

Dec. 9 - Dr. Sid Singh discusses the planning and preparation in place at both Froedtert & MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to care for Ebola patients in an OnMilwaukee.com article that questions whether Milwaukee is prepared for Ebola. On Milwaukee

CDC Designates 35 Hospitals as National Ebola Treatment Centers

Dec. 8 - More than 800 media outlets reported that the Centers for Disease Control designated both Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert & MCW as among 35 hospitals nationwide that are Ebola treatment centers. Time, Washington Post, USA Today, CBS News, Fox News, WUWM, PBS, NBC News and Milwaukee Business Journal

Dr. Willis Discusses Importance of Reach Out and Read Milwaukee

Nov. 20 - Dr. Earnestine Willis was interviewed by Radio Milwaukee (88.9 FM) on the importance of Reach Out and Read Milwaukee for early childhood literacy. Radio Milwaukee

Urban and Community Health Pathway Students Provide CPR Training

Nov. 18 - Fox-TV/Channel 6 reports that MCW medical students in the Urban and Community Health Pathway provided CPR training to 23 students from the Bay View Community Center’s READY (Responding to Emergencies and Disasters with Youth) program. Fox 6 Now

American Cancer Society Leader Discusses Racial Disparity among Breast Cancer Survivors

Nov. 12- In a presentation at MCW, Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of the American Cancer Society, said that African-Americans women are much more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. He said that the racial disparity is greater today than at any other time in history. Dr. Brawley said that African-American women and men also are more likely to die of colon cancer as compared to whites with colon cancer. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Congress’s history on combating disease outbreaks

Nov. 6 - Seth Foldy, MD, former Milwaukee health commissioner and an associate professor of family and community medicine, commented on legislative action around disease outbreaks in the U.S. Roll Call

HPV Vaccine’s power to prevent cancer

Nov. 5 - A story in US News and World Report discusses the slow uptake of the HPV vaccine. The vaccine prevents transmission of the HPV virus, the number one cause of cervical cancer. Rodney Willoughby, MD believes the sexual nature of virus transmission is the main reason parents have been reticent to administer the vaccine to children. US News and World Report,

Wisconsin designates Froedtert Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to care for Ebola patient

Nov. 4 - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced the hospitals designated to treat any Wisconsin Ebola patients. Biz Times and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The role of the church in HIV prevention

Oct. 29 - The National Institutes of Health funded a two-year project to explore the role of churches in HIV awareness and prevention. Katherine Quinn, MA, a PhD candidate in MCW’s Public and Community Health Program, is the primary investigator of the grant. Wauwatosa Now

The role of the church in HIV prevention

Oct. 20 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a two-year, $42,000 research fellowship grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Mental Health to investigate the role of churches in HIV prevention for young black men.

Dr. Singh Discusses Ebola Preparedness

Oct. 20 - Dr. Sid Singh (Associate Chief Medical Officer for Froedtert and MCP; Medicine – General Internal) provided expert comment on Ebola preparedness to several media outlets. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Fox 6 Now, WUWM, WTAQ and WTMJ 620

Christiansen Discusses How Bike Lanes Reduce Injuries to Cyclists

Oct. 16 - Ann Christiansen, MPH tells Wauwatosa NOW that bike lanes and bike boxes are a proven way to reduce injuries to cyclists. Wauwatosa Now

Partnership Studies Impact of Environment on Childhood Diseases

Sept. 24 - David Petering, PhD, UWM Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, discusses the Children’s Environmental Health Sciences Core Center on WUWM-FM. WUWM

Dr. Hargarten Calls for Research on Why Some Wisconsin Counties Have Higher Suicide Rates

Sept. 23 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten discussed the variance in suicide rates in different Wisconsin counties. Marshfield News Herald

Suicide Prevention Awareness Week

Sept. 23 - The State of Wisconsin marked Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. Wisconsin Health News reports that a recent report co-authored by MCW’s Injury Research Center showed that there was an average of over 700 suicides per year in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Health News

Dr. Truwit Discusses Importance of Population Health Management

Sept. 22 - Dr. Jonathon Truwit (Senior Administrative Dean) discussed the importance of population health management in an interview with HealthITAnalytics. Health Analytics

Dr. Hargarten Discusses Advances in Handgun Technology

Sept. 16 - In a report of Wisconsin Public Radio, Dr. Stephen Hargarten discusses promising advances in which a handgun will only fire when the gun owner is wearing a watch that electronically disables a trigger lock. The technology could help address the problem of children being injured by loaded handguns. WPR

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