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Site and Project Ideas
 

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Current Project Ideas
Previous Projects
Previous Sites


Current Project Ideas

Field Placement opportunities are listed by the MPH program for no longer than six months and with the most recent submittal first. Listing on this website is a service to our students and community organizations but in no way indicates the MPH program's endorsement of the position. In addition to any hiring processes defined by the site, students must complete all required planning aspects of the Field Placement course.

If you would like to recommend updates to this page or post an announcement, please send information to mph@mcw.edu.

Field Placement Project Ideas (Click on the link to learn more about each project)

Ozaukee County Health Department Coalition Building and Strategic Plan Development (Port Washington, WI)

Ozaukee County Health Department is in the beginning stages of developing a heroin task force.  This project might include some of the following activities:

  • coalition building work
  • facilitating meetings
  • researching evidence to identify what Ozaukee County should do as a community
  • presenting a plan to the community at large
  • researching grant opportunities

The Health Department hopes the MPH student will develop and present a plan for the heroin task force, and the community will move the work forward.

Contact Information:
     Kirsten Johnson
     Health Officer
     262-284-8170
     kjohnson@co.ozaukee.wi.us

Ongoing - Quality Improvement at Lake Area Free Clinic (Oconomowoc, WI)

 
Since the doors opened on July 3, 2001, the Lake Area Free Clinic has welcomed individuals and families who lack health insurance and whose income is below 200% of the federal poverty level.  Volunteers from all walks of life have stepped forth to plan, create, and make the Free Clinic a caring and vital part of the Waukesha County community.  These volunteers help the Free Clinic provide medical care and practical information aimed at prevention for hundreds of people who would otherwise go without.

The Free Clinic is engaging in a number of new quality improvement initiatives for which they are seeking student assistance. Examples of student opportunities include the following.
- Extract data regarding quality indicators for diabetes clinic
- Expand data extraction to include quality indicators for hypertension and hyperlipidemia
- Create and conduct a patient satisfaction survey for the general clinic as well as the diabetes clinic

* This project is open to medical students and PhD in Public and Community Health students as well as MPH students.

Contact Information:
     Mary Reich, RN
     Executive Director, Lake Area Free Clinic
     Phone:  262-569-4990
     Email:  maryreich@lakeareafreeclinic.org
     Website:  http://www.lakeareafreeclinic.org/

Ongoing - Internship with the Planning Council for Health and Human Services, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI)

Under general supervision of professional staff, the intern provides project support in the areas of planning, evaluation, and research. Project assignments will depend on current contracts and on the interests and skill level of the intern.

Responsibilities:
- Gather and analyze qualitative and quantitative data.
- Research evidence-based and best practices.
- Prepare plans, reports, and other documents.
- Design surveys, focus groups, and key informant interviews.
- Attend community meetings with staff members.

Required Skills:
- Ability to conduct literature reviews and familiarity with research language, and the ability to synthesize and present information in a professional report or presentation.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a small team.
- Ability to work with culturally and professionally diverse groups with a wide range of work styles.
- Familiarity with or willingness to learn data management programs.
- Knowledge of PC applications, including Microsoft Office software and the Internet.

Further information available as PDF:  http://www.mcw.edu/FileLibrary/Groups/MPHProgram/FP/SitePosting_PlanningCouncil.pdf

Contact Information:
  Planning Council for Health and Human Services
  1243 N. 10th Street, Suite 200
  Milwaukee, WI  53205
  Phone:  414-224-0404
  Fax:  414-224-0243
  Email:  internship@planningcouncil.org
  Website:  http://www.planningcouncil.org

 

Previous Projects

Sample Projects:

 

Fund Development and the Creation of a Quality Tracking System for the Diabetes Program

Site:  Lake Area Free Clinic
Location:  Oconomowoc, WI
PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

 

"Color Me Healthy" Evaluation Tool & Bed Bug Informational Packets

Site:  Rock County Health Department
Location:  Janesville, WI
PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

 

 

Community Health Improvement Planning in Walworth County

Site:  Walworth County Health and Human Services, Public Health Division
Location:  Elkhorn, WI
PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

 

 

Tobacco Cessation within a Systems Approach

Site:  Community and Preventive Care Services at Gundersen Lutheran
Location:  La Crosse, WI
PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

 

 

Many Men Many Voices

Site:  AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
Location:  Milwaukee, WI
PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

 

 

The Common Grounds Program:  An International Experience in Kiminini, Kenya

Site:  Village Volunteers
Location:  Seattle, WA
PowerPoint Presentation

 

Creating the Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition

Site:  Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health
Location:  Madison, WI
PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

 

 

Educating the Community about Dietary Salt and High Blood Pressure

Site:  University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, Neurological Institute
Location:  Cleveland, OH
PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

 

 

The Health Department's Response to the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

 

Autumn West:  Quality Assurance

Site:  Community Advocates, Inc.
Location:  Milwaukee, WI
PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

 

 

Previous Sites

The following is a list of sites at which students have conducted their Field Placements.  Sites are organized by geographical location, and organizations that have hosted more than one student's Field Placement are denoted by an asterisk (*).

Sites in Greater Milwaukee

Sites in Other Parts of Wisconsin

Sites in Other Parts of the U.S.

International Sites

 

Sites in Greater Milwaukee

 

Health Departments

 

Kenosha County Division of Health,
Department of Human Services

Type:  local health department
Location:  Kenosha, WI
Website:  www.co.kenosha.wi.us/index.aspx?nid=150
Contact Person:  Cynthia Johnson
Email:  cynthia.johnson@kenoshacounty.org

City of Franklin Health Department
Type: local health department
Location: Franklin, WI
Website: 
http://www.franklinwi.gov/Home/Departments/Health.htm
Contact Person: William Wucherer, RN
Email: bwucherer@franklinwi.gov

Milwaukee Health Department*
Type:  local health department
Location:  Milwaukee, WI
Website:  www.milwaukee.gov/health

Wauwatosa Health Department*
Type:  local health department
Location:  Wauwatosa, WI
Website:  www.wauwatosa.net
Contact Person:  Nancy Kreuser, RN, MSN, PhD
Email:  nkreuser@mcw.edu
Student Feedback on Wauwatosa Hlth Dept (pdf)

West Allis Health Department*
Type:  local health department
Location:  West Allis, WI
Website:  www.ci.west-allis.wi.us
Student Feedback on West Allis Hlth Dept (pdf)

Other Organizations

 

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
Type:  service organization
Location:  Milwaukee, WI
Website:  www.arcw.org
Contact Person:  Jeff E. Smith, MSW
Email:  jeff.smith@arcw.org
Student Feedback on ARCW (pdf)

Aurora Walker's Point Community Clinic
Type:  community-based health care clinic
Location:  Milwaukee, WI
Contact Person:  Steve Ohly
Email:  steve.ohly@aurora.org

Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin*
Type:  community advocacy and education organization
Location:  Milwaukee, WI
Website:  www.chawisconsin.org
Contact Person:  Karen Ordinans
Email:  kordinans@chw.org
Student Feedback on CHAW (pdf)

Center for Urban Population Health*
Type:  academic community research organization
Location:  Milwaukee, WI
Website:  www.cuph.org
Student Feedback on CUPH (pdf)

Columbia St. Mary's Blanket of Love Program
Type:  hospital community services department
Location:  Milwaukee, WI
Website:  www.columbia-stmarys.org/Blanket_of_Love
Student Feedback on Blanket of Love Program (pdf)

Community Advocates, Inc.*
Type:  non-profit social service organization
Location:  Milwaukee, WI
Website:  www.communityadvocates.net
Contact Person:  Andi Elliott
Email:  andie@communityadvocates.net
Student Feedback on Community Advocates (pdf)

Lake Area Free Clinic, Inc.
Type:  non-profit free medical clinic
Location:  Oconomowoc, WI
Website:  www.lakeareafreeclinic.org
Contact Person:  Mary Reich, RN
Email:  maryreich@lakeareafreeclinic.org
Student Feedback on LAFC (pdf)

Injury Research Center at Medical College of Wisconsin
Type: academic research center
Location:  Milwaukee, WI
Website:  www.mcw.edu/irc

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
Type:  service organization
Location:  Milwaukee, WI
Website:  www.mkelgbt.org
Contact Person:  John Meier
Email:  jmeier@mkelgbt.org

Milwaukee Public Schools

Type: public school system
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Contact Person: Brett Fuller

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Milwaukee
Type:  non-profit 501(c)(3)
Location:  Milwaukee, WI
Website:  www.namigrm.org
Contact Person:  Peter Hoeffel
Email:  help@namigrm.org
Student Feedback on NAMI Greater MKE (pdf)

Planning Council for Health and Human Services
Type:  non-profit 501(c)(3)
Location:  Milwaukee, WI
Website:  www.planningcouncil.org
Contact Person:  Julie Whelan Capell
Email:  info@planningcouncil.org
Student Feedback on Planning Council for HHS (pdf)

Progressive Community Health Centers
Type:  federally qualified health center
Location:  Milwaukee, WI
Contact Person:  Jenni Sevenich
Email: jenni.sevenich@wha-milw.org
Student Feedback on Progressive Community Health Centers (pdf)

Sojourner Family Peace Center
Type:  non-profit organization
Location:  Milwaukee, WI
Website:  www.familypeacecenter.org

 

Sites in Other Parts of Wisconsin

 

Health Departments

 

City of Franklin Health Department
Type: city health department
Location: Franklin, WI
Website: http://www.franklinwi.gov/Home/Departments/Health.htm

Rock County Health Department
Type:  county health department
Location:  Janesville, WI
Website:  www.co.rock.wi.us
Student Feedback on Rock Co Hlth Dept (pdf)

Sawyer County Public Health
Type:  local health department
Location:  Hayward, WI
Website:  www.sawyercountygov.org
Contact Person:  Pat Harrington
Email:  PatPH@sawyerhs.hayward.wi.us
Student Feedback on Sawyer County PH (pdf)

Walworth County Health and Human Services, Public Health Division
Type:  local health department
Location:  Elkhorn, WI
Contact Person:  Pat Grove, MS, RN
Email:  pgrove@co.walworth.wi.us

Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health*
Type:  state health department
Location:  Madison, WI
Website:  www.dhs.wisconsin.gov

Wood County Health Department
Type:  local health department
Location:  Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Website:  http://www.co.wood.wi.us/Departments/Health
Contact Person:  Sue Kunferman, RN, MSN
Email:  skunferman@co.wood.wi.us
Student Feedback on Wood Co Hlth Dept (pdf)

Other Organizations

 

Gundersen Lutheran Health System
Type:  healthcare organization
Location:  LaCrosse, WI
Website:  www.gundluth.org
Student Feedback on Gundersen Lutheran (pdf)

Institute for Wisconsin's Health, Inc.
Type:  public health institute
Location:  Madison, WI
Website:  www.instituteforwihealth.org
Contact Person:  Nancy Young
Email:  nyoung@instituteforwihealth.org

Marshfield Clinic
Type:  health care, research and educational organization
Location:  Marshfield, WI
Website:  www.marshfieldclinic.org
Student Feedback on Marshfield Clinic (pdf)

 

Sites in Other Parts of the U.S.

 

Arizona

 

Mariposa Community Health Center
Type:  community health center
Location:  Nogales, AZ
Website:  www.mariposachc.net
Contact Person:  Joyce Latura
Email:  jalatura@mariposachc.net

 

California

 

PriMed Management
Type:  medical service organization / individual practice association
Location:  Sacramento, CA
Website:  www.hillphysicians.org

University of California San Francisco, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Type:  health care, research and educational organization
Location:  San Francisco, CA
Website:  www.ucsf.edu

Colorado

 

Concentra Health Services
Type:  occupational health provider
Location:  Westminster, CO
Website:  www.concentra.com

Tri-County Health Department
Type:  local health department
Location:  Greenwood Village, CO
Website:  www.tchd.org
Contact Person:  Taylor Jones, MPH
Email:  tjones@tchd.org

Hawaii

 

Kamaile Academy
Type: K-12 school
Location: Wai'anae, HI
Website: http://kferenchak.wix.com/nav-center
Contact Person: Kenny Ferenchak
Email: kferenchak@kamaile.org

 

Illinois

 

Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center
Type:  local public health department and federally qualified health center
Location:  Waukegan, IL
Website:  www.lakecountyil.gov/HEALTH
Contact Person:  Denise Koppit
Email:  dkoppit@lakecountyil.gov

Macon County Health Department
Type:  health department
Location:  Decatur, IL
Website:  www.maconcountyhealth.org
Contact Person:  Jerry Andrews
Email:  jandrews@maconcountyhealth.org

Kansas

 

Sedgwick County Health Department
Type:  local public health department
Location:  Wichita, KS
Website:  www.sedgwickcounty.org
Contact Person:  Becky Tuttle
Email:  btuttle@sedgwick.gov

Via Christi Health System, Inc.
Type:  health system of hospitals and clinics
Location:  Manhattan, KS
Website:  www.via-christi.org

Louisiana

 

Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health
Type:  state health department
Location:  Lafayette, LA
Website:  www.dhh.state.la.us
Contact Person:  Tina Stefanski, MD
Email:  jstefans@dhh.la.gov

 

Maine

 

Unum Group
Type:  insurance provider
Location:  Portland, ME
Website:  www.unum.com

 

Maryland

 

Maryland Athletic Trainers Association
Type:  professional and educational organization
Location:  Severn, MD
Website:  www.marylandathletictrainers.org
Contact Person:  Thomas Morgan
Email:  tmorgan@marylandathletictrainers.org

 

Minnesota

 

JourneyWell by HealthPartners
Type:  health plan provider
Location:  Minneapolis, MN
Website:  www.journeywell.com

CentraCare Health Foundation - Blend Foundation
Type: healthy living coalition
Location: St. Cloud, MN
Website: http://www.blendcentralmn.org/
C
ontact Person: Jodi Gertken
Email: Gertkenj@centracare.com

Missouri

 

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Type:  state health department
Location:  Jefferson City, MO
Website:  http://health.mo.gov/index.php
 

Nevada

 

Southern Nevada Health District
Type:  regional health district
Location:  Las Vegas, NV
Website:  www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org
Contact Person:  Keith Zupnik, MD, REHS
Email: zupnik@snhdmail.org

 

New York

 

Dutchess County Department of Health
Type:  local health department
Location:  Poughkeepsie, NY
Website:  www.dutchessny.gov
Email:  healthinfo@co.dutchess.ny.us

Erie County Department of Health
Type:  local health department
Location:  Buffalo, NY
Website:  www.erie.gov/health
Contact Person:  Cheryll Moore
Email:  cheryll.moore@erie.gov

Ohio

 

University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, Neurological Institute
Type:  academic healthcare organization
Location:  Cleveland, OH
Website:  www.uhhospitals.org

 

Texas

 

HELPS International
Type:  501(c)(3) non-profit relief organization
Location:  Addison, TX
Website:  www.helpsintl.org

Texas Department of State Health Services Region 1
Type:  state health department
Location:  Lubbock, TX
Website:  www.dshs.state.tx.us/region1/
Contact Person:  Tricia Vowels
Email:  Tricia.Vowels@dshs.state.tx.us

Texas A&M University System, Health Science Center, Family Medicine Residency
Type:  academic primary care clinic
Location:  Bryan, TX

Texas Department of State Health Services Region 4 and 5N
Type:  local health department
Location:  Tyler, TX
Website:  www.dshs.state.tx.us/region4-5/
Contact Person:  Paul McGaha, DO, MPH
Email:  paul.mcgaha@dshs.state.tx.us

Utah

 

Westminster College, Public Health Program
Type:  public health graduate program
Location:  Salt Lake City, UT
Website:  www.westminstercollege.edu/mph

 

Virginia

 

Lord Fairfax Health District
Type:  local health district
Location:  Winchester, VA
Website:  www.vdh.virginia.gov/lhd/lordfairfax
Contact Person:  Charles J. Devine, III, MD
Email:  charles.devine@vdh.virginia.gov

 
 

International Sites

 

Village Volunteers*
Type:  international volunteer NGO
Location:  Seattle, WA; programs in Kenya, Ghana, India & Nepal
Website:  www.villagevolunteers.org

 

 

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