Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin

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Cheryl A. Maurana, PhD








Cheryl A. Maurana, PhD, Vice President for Strategic Outreach, Professor of Population Health, and Director of Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin, has received national recognition for her work in public health research and community partnerships. At the Medical College of Wisconsin, she has built a number of partnerships both within the College and with communities for improving health in the Milwaukee community and the state of Wisconsin.

As Vice President for Strategic Outreach, Dr. Maurana is responsible for expanding the Medical College's community efforts, fostering collaboration among existing centers focused on community and public health, and facilitating partnerships, both urban and rural.  Under her leadership, the Medical College received the Association of American Medical Colleges Award for Outstanding Community Service.

Dr. Maurana joined the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1995 and founded the College's Center for Healthy Communities in 1997. Dr. Maurana created the Institute for Health and Society, whose mission is to strengthen science literacy and foster public engagement in science and health policy development through research, education, and citizen deliberation.

Her work has focused on building community-academic partnerships to improve the health of the public. She has been the principal or co-investigator on more than 30 federal and foundation grants. In 1999, she received the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Leadership Award for national leadership in building community-academic partnerships.

She also served as chair of the founding board of the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, a national organization focused on building community-academic partnerships that has experienced significant growth in the past six years. Before coming to the Medical College, Dr. Maurana was Associate Dean for Community Health at Wright State University School of Medicine where she founded the University's Center for Healthy Communities. Under her direction, that interdisciplinary center was selected as one of 20 national models by the U.S. Public Health Service's Health Resources and Services Administration.

Before Wright State, she was a faculty member at Purdue University, where she directed the Social Research Institute.

Dr. Maurana received her PhD from Purdue University and completed a four-year U.S. Public Health Service Fellowship in health services research. She received her undergraduate degree from Seton Hill College in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where she recently received the Distinguished Alumnae Award.
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