Partnerships in community engagement
Key components of the Medical College’s many community collaborations:
The Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children is a collaboration between Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the Medical College and partners with many other academic and community groups. The Center aims to advance the health of underserved children by improving access to health and dental care, reducing disparities in birth outcomes, and promoting early literacy. Faculty and staff at the Center provide health care to underserved children at the Downtown Health Center, as well as offer education to medical students and residents in community pediatrics. In addition, Center faculty and staff conduct research to identify the current health status and needs of underserved children.
The Medical College’s Institute for Health and Society is dedicated to improving health and advancing health equity through community and academic partnerships that span the College’s missions of education, research, patient care and community engagement. The Institute strengthens community linkages and expertise, increases opportunities for leveraging funding, and advances the Medical College’s strengths in community, population and public health, bioethics, epidemiology, and medical humanities, biostatistics, and global health.
The Medical College Center for Healthy Communities and Research develops community-academic partnerships that improve health and emphasize: health promotion and education in communities, research and evaluation on community-identified needs, and education for medical students and residents. Programs are meeting needs in metro Milwaukee and rural areas of Wisconsin.
Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin is an endowment of the Medical College of Wisconsin, created by the conversion of Blue Cross / Blue Shield to a stock corporation and dedicated to improving the health of Wisconsin residents. It has three component programs. The Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program supports community-academic partnerships that address public and community health improvement. Research for a Healthier Tomorrow supports basic and clinical research that address the leading causes of death and disability in Wisconsin. Educational Leadership for the Health of the Public supports programs that enhance the education of patients, public health professionals, health care providers, residents, fellows, and medical and graduate students. Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin has awarded funding to more than 275 projects focusing on health promotion and disease prevention in Wisconsin communities.
The Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute is a collaboration between the Medical College and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health that offers advanced leadership training programs for the existing public health workforce.
The Youth Violence Prevention Initiative is a collaboration with community leaders and agencies that is building strategies to decrease violence in areas of Milwaukee.
The President’s Community Impact Award, launched and funded by the Medical College’s Office of the President, recognizes community partners committed to health improvement. In 2011, funding was awarded to: Word of Hope Ministries to continue programs in African-American churches addressing health needs, SET Ministry to strengthen its health care programs among Milwaukee’s most impoverished residents, and Interfaith Senior Programs to help seniors in Waukesha County remain independent and healthy.