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MCW Public/Community Health News

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

Specialty Care Provided to Patients at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin

Sept. 08 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel identifies efforts of Milwaukee-area health organizations to address gaps in the health care system. The article highlights the work of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin to integrate medical care and social services. Patients at the clinic have access to specialty care provided by Froedtert & MCW. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Injury Research Center Report Identifies Suicide as a Significant Public Health Burden

Aug. 19 - Wisconsin Public Radio cites a recently released report from MCW’s Injury Research Center that found that suicide remains a significant public health burden in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Radio Network

Suicide Report Notes Higher Suicide Rates in Chippewa County

Aug. 14 - The Chippewa Herald reports that Chippewa County did not fare well in the recently released statewide report on suicide. The Chippewa Herald

Research by Dr. Hargarten Cited in Journal Sentinel Editorial on Drunk Driving Laws

Aug. 13 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial calling for stricter drunk driving laws cites research by Dr. Stephen Hargarten that found that most drunken drivers are first offenders. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

HPV vaccination in the news

Aug. 11 - Denise Uyar, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, provided expert commentary in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the efficacy of the HPV vaccine and the rate of complications and allergic reactions. The story focused on the recent death of a 12-year old Waukesha girl. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ebola patients’ privacy is in quarantine

Aug. 08 - Ryan Spellecy, PhD, associate professor of bioethics and medical humanities, discusses patient privacy and the media in an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Injury Research Center Produces Updated Report on Suicide Burden in Wisconsin

Aug. 04 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten tells Wisconsin Health News that suicide remains a significant health burden for Wisconsin. MCW’s Injury Research Center joined with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Mental Health America of Wisconsin to produce an updated report on suicides in the state. Between 2007 and 2011, Wisconsin averaged 724 suicide deaths annually. Wisconsin Health News, and WXOW 19

Sustaining health in the Home

July 23 - Hospitals provide vital acute care to older adults who are admitted with serious symptoms or traumas. Researchers have, however, also analyzed data suggesting that the hospital environment can contribute to accelerated functional decline in elderly patients.

Kellogg Grant to Dr. Willis Aids Increased Breastfeeding Support for Low-Income Mothers

July 17 - The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded Dr. Earnestine Willis (Pediatrics) a one-year, $150,000 grant to increase breastfeeding support for nursing mothers in low-income populations who are returning to the workforce. Wauwatosa Now

Violence Prevention Initiative, Project Ujima Sponsor Summit to Prevent Gun Violence

July 17 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opinion editorial describes the work of the Coming Together Summit to begin a community-wide endeavor to prevent gun violence. MCW’s Violence Prevention Initiative, funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment, and MCW/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Project Ujima, were sponsors of the summit and co-authors of the opinion editorial. i>Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Stray currents and their effect on the human body

July 16 - John Moulder, PhD, professor and director of radiation biology at MCW, discusses stray electrical voltage and its impact on the human body. A community in California claims stray voltage from a nearby power plant is adversely affecting the health of multiple members of one development. Truth Out

MCW Participates in Reach Out and Read

July 03 - Wisconsin Public Radio discusses MCW’s participation in Reach Out and Read, a national program to promote early literacy. WPR

Dr. Gunn Calls for Community-Wide Engagement to Prevent Violence against Children

June 26 - Dr. Veronica Gunn, Vice President for Population Health and Medical Director of Community Services for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, authored a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opinion editorial on the need for community-wide engagement to prevent violence against children. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Study Finds that Outdoor Programs Reduce Childhood Fears of Nature

June 20 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on a 2012 study by MCW and UWM that found that Milwaukee children introduced to programs at the Urban Ecology Center’s outdoor programs reduced children’s fears of nature and increased their future likelihood of participation in outdoor activities. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Willis Co-Chairs African American Walk for Quality Health

June 19 - Dr. Earnestine Willis was Co-Chair of the 11th annual African American Walk for Quality Health. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Kohl’s Donates $3.7 Million for Programs to Increase Safety Risk Awareness

June 17 - Kohl's Corp. will donate $3.7 million to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin over the next three years to continue support of programs designed to make Wisconsin children and families aware of safety risks in and out of their homes. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Wall Street Journal

Neighborhood walk promotes health equity

June 12 - Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH chaired a neighborhood walk sponsored by the Black Health Care Coalition. The walk was designed to call attention to racial health disparities. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Dr. Hargarten Resigns from Wisconsin DOT’s Statewide Impaired Driving Task Force

June 10 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten is one of four health professionals who resigned from Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Statewide Impaired Driving Task Force. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Green Bay Press Gazette, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Paramedics, EMTs Recognized for Contributions to Resuscitation Research

June 03 - Dr. Tom Aufderheide presented four Milwaukee County paramedics and EMTs with Resuscitation Outcome Consortium Service Excellence Awards. Fox 6 Now

Community-based Chronic Disease Management Clinics Address Diabetes among the Poor

May 22 - Dr. Steven Magill tells the Milwaukee Neighborhood News that people in poverty have higher rates of diabetes, a major focus of the Community-based Chronic Disease Management Clinics. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

La Crosse Coalition Addressing Risky Drinking Behavior Receives AHW Excellence Award

May 22 - The La Crosse Tribune reports that MCW’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment gave an Excellence Award to the La Crosse-based Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition. La Crosse Tribune

Dr. Hargarten Discusses Gun Buy-Back Programs

May 22 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten discusses gun buy-back programs with CBS-TV/Channel 58. CBS-TV/Channel 58

App to help veterans deal with anxiety, stress

May 19 - WISN-TV profiled an app being developed by scientists at MCW and Marquette University to help veterans deal with anxiety and stress upon returning to the U.S. from combat duty. WISN TV

Dr. Hargarten Calls Accidental Child Gun Injuries a Public Health Problem

May 14 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten discusses the need to address accidental child gun injuries as a public health problem in news reports on ABC-TV/Channel 12 and Wisconsin Public Radio. WISN TV and WPR

Downtown tour raises awareness of La Crosse’s drinking culture

May 13 - A story in the La Crosse Tribune profiles the series of deaths in the downtown La Crosse area over the last decade. Many of the deaths are related to drinking. La Crosse Tribune

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin moving from grant-maker to change-maker

May 12 - The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment celebrates its ten-year milestone with a new strategic plan that involves leveraging the successes of individual programs at a statewide level, working to become a convener for change, and working with health leaders on policies that will make every resident of Wisconsin healthier. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Why one man’s story should be motivation for prostate screening

May 12 - Fox 6 News profiled a local man whose prostate exam revealed cancer, and who received treatment at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. Monday, May 12 is the annual free prostate screening at Miller Park. WITI-TV

Alumni/Students/Patients in Wisconsin

Wisconsin map of Alumni, Students and Patients

Boys and Girls Clubs Partner with Violence Prevention Initiative on Ripple Effect Milwaukee

May 07 - In an opinion editorial in the Milwaukee Courier, Vincent Lyles, President and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Boys and Girls Clubs, discusses the Boys and Girls Clubs’ collaborative projects. Milwaukee Courier

Dr. Willis to Co-Chair Black Health Coalition’s Annual African American Walk for Quality Health

May 06 - Dr. Earnestine Willis is Co-Chair of the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin’s 11th Annual African American Walk for Quality Health. Milwaukee Courier

HWPP Award Supports Project to Aid Youth Victims of Sex Trafficking

April 29 - Wraparound Milwaukee is the lead agency receiving a two-year, $158,000 award from MCW’s Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP) for the Proactive Outreach for the Health of Sexually Exploited Youth project. GMToday

Dr. Hargarten Discusses Possible Benefits of Gun Buy-Back Programs

April 29 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten discusses the possible benefits of gun buy-back programs in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Willis Serves on Task Force Analyzing Impact of Poverty on Area Children

Apr 24 - Dr. Earnestine Willis is a member of the Social Development Commission’s Youth and Poverty Task Force. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Milwaukee Courier

Dr. Kuester Participates in “Walk with a Doc” Program in Washington Park

Apr 23 - Dr. Jessica Kuester was one of the physicians who participated in the “Walk with a Doc” program on April 5 in Milwaukee’s Washington Park. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Violence Prevention Initiative Participates in Events to Raise Awareness of Youth Violence

Apr 23 - MCW’s Violence Prevention Initiative raised awareness of the issue of youth violence in local communities during National Youth Violence Prevention Week, April 7-13th. Wauwatosa Now

Project Ujima Receives Mini-Grant for Gun Violence Prevention Initiative

Apr 23 - Project Ujima, a youth anti-violence project of MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, is one of six community agencies receiving mini-grants from the Coming Together Partnership for the Prevention of Gun Violence for projects that pursue gun violence prevention initiatives. Milwaukee Community Journal

Study Involving Dr. Fangman Finds Addicts in Rural Areas Often Aren’t Screened for Hepatitis C

April 23 - Dr. John Fangman is a co-author of a study reported in Harm Reduction Journal that found that intravenous drug users in rural areas are often not screened for hepatitis C. Drug Addiction Treatment

Nationally renowned cancer disparities researcher Dr. Terrance Albrecht to speak on campus April 17

April 08 - The Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center is hosting a special talk by Teri Albrecht, PhD, on Thursday, April 17, from 3-4 p.m. in the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Auditorium. Dr. Albrecht, who is Associate Center Director for Population Sciences and Leader of the Population Studies and Disparities Research Program at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, will give a presentation titled, Reducing Cancer Health Disparities through Community-Engaged Research.

National Public Health Week: Be the healthiest nation in one generation

April 11 - The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and communities. The MCW Global Health Program is pleased to share a common interest to “strengthen the profession of public health; foster understanding, engagement and support for key public health issues; and directly influence public policy to improve global health.”

Violence Prevention Initiative Featured on WUWM-FM

Apr 11 - MCW’s Violence Prevention Initiative, a community academic partnership funded through the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, was featured on WUWM’s “Lake Effect.” WUWM-FM

National Public Health Week: Eat Well

April 10 - The Mission of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Wellness at Work Program is to create and maintain a workplace environment that encourages a healthy lifestyle and individual wellness of all employees. This is accomplished through an ongoing program involving health and fitness assessments, employee needs surveys, and customized educational programs and activities.

National Public Health Week: get out ahead

April 09 - Prevention is now a nationwide priority, and as the public health system evolves, there are more options than ever when it comes to preventive health measures. Public health and clinical health professionals must work collaboratively to help individuals identify and pursue the best preventative health options.

Violence Prevention Initiative to Participate in March to Create Violence Awareness

Apr 8 - MCW’s Violence Prevention Initiative is one of several community organizations that will lead a march on the Father James E. Groppi Unity Bridge on April 12 in a campaign to inspire Milwaukeeans to unite for violence prevention. Milwaukee Community Journal

Dr. Hargarten Identifies Relationship between Proliferation of Guns and Rise in Mass Shootings

Apr 8 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten notes that there is no evidence indicating that arming Americans further will help prevent mass shooting. Media Matters for America

NIH Awards Dr. Medhora Two Grants to Predict and Mitigate Injuries from Radiation Exposure

Apr 8 - Meetha Medhora, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell were awarded two NIH grants totaling nearly $930,000 to develop ways to predict and mitigate injuries resulting from radiation exposure. UMass Lowell

VPI joins local groups in recognizing National Youth Violence Prevention Week

The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Violence Prevention Initiative aims to raise awareness of the issue of youth violence in local communities during National Youth Violence Prevention Week, which runs from April 7-13.

National Public Health Week - Don't Panic

April 08 - Public health professionals help communities withstand the impact of a natural or man-made disaster by planning ahead, acting as a source of information during the crisis and helping to mitigate the long- and short-term effects. Visit Be Ready (http://www.ready.gov/) to learn more about preparing for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies.

National Public Health Week: Be Healthy from the Start

April 07 - Public health starts at home. From family nutrition and maternal health to safety precautions and disaster preparedness, the first steps the community takes toward public health are in the comfort of their own home.

Insurance Plans Cover Community Centers, Not Partner Hospitals, Doctors

Mar 26 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article reports that some health insurance plans created through the Affordable Care Act provide coverage to community health centers, but not their partner hospitals and physicians. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Building wellness in Barron County

A collaborative effort by the Medical College of Wisconsin and dozens of partners in Barron County in northwestern Wisconsin is working to increase healthy eating and physical activity.

Caring for mental health needs of city children

More city school children are getting the mental health treatment they need thanks to a collaboration led by the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Public Schools.

Dr. Ebert Receives Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Grant

Feb 25 - Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy announced that Allison Ebert, PhD, is one of eight scientists worldwide who will share in $600,000 in basic science research awards to study the disorder. Families of SMA

Expectant Mothers Receive Free Dental Care at South Side Clinic

Feb 12 - The Milwaukee Neighborhood News profiled a program that provides free dental care for expectant mothers in Milwaukee. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Langlade County Selected for Community Teams Program

Jan 28 - The Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute, a continuing education and training resource supported jointly by MCW and UW School of Medicine and Public Health, selected Langlade County for participation in its Community Teams Program. WJFW Newswatch 12

Minority Children Less-Likely to be Placed Correctly in Car Seats, Booster Seats

Jan 21 - Dr. Suzanne Brixey provides comment to a Reuter’s story on a study published in Pediatrics that found that minority children are less likely to be placed correctly in car seats or booster seats. Chicago Tribune

Asian-Pacific American Medical Student Association Co-Hosts Community Health Fair

Jan 13 - MCW’s Asian-Pacific American Medical Student Association joined with Neighborhood House of Milwaukee to host a January 11 community health fair at Neighborhood House. CBS 58 News

Editorial Cites College for Violence Prevention Initiative’s Ripple Effect Milwaukee Program

Dec 27 - A Milwaukee Courier editorial recognizes MCW and the Boys and Girls Clubs for their leading efforts through the Violence Prevention Initiative’s Ripple Effect Milwaukee program. Milwaukee Courier

Summit Explores Causes of Gun Violence

VPI part of citywide gun violence conference Urban Milwaukee

Dr. Sheets Receives National Award for Child Abuse Prevention

Dec 11 - Dr. Lynn Sheets was awarded the Ray E. Helfer, MD Award by the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevent Funds, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. BizTimes

John Rakowski Addresses Youth Summit on Gun Violence

Dec 6 - John Rakowski recently addressed a Milwaukee citywide youth summit on gun violence. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Dr. Jones Reports Increase in Babies Born to Prescription Drug Addicted Mothers

Dec 6 - In a Fox-TV/Channel 6 interview on babies born to drug-addicted mothers, Dr. Cresta Jones notes an increasing number of babies are being born to mothers addicted to prescription medications. Fox 6 News

Dr. Hargarten Discusses His Participation in UN Meeting on Gun Safety

Dec 6 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten discusses his participation in a United Nations’ meeting on gun safety. Fox 6 News

Health System Donates $2 Million for Progressive Community Health Centers’ Expansion

Nov 26 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel front-page feature article on the Progressive Community Health Centers’ expansion program notes that Froedtert Health contributed $2 million to the project. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dryhootch offers safe haven for ailing veterans

Funded by MCW’s Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program, a growing project that alumnus and faculty member Dr. Jeffrey Whittle helped launch with Dryhootch of America is helping military veterans achieve better mental and physical health through peer support.

Summit Engages Milwaukee Teens in Brainstorming to Reduce Gun Violence

Nov 19 - MCW’s Violence Prevention Initiative and Project Ujima helped organize “Coming Together,” a summit of Milwaukee teenagers gathered to brainstorm ideas on how to help reduce gun violence. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

HWPP Grant Supports Development of Eau Claire County Website

Nov 19 - A $200,000 grant from MCW’s Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program is supporting the development of a health issues website in Eau Claire County. WEAU 13 News

Dr. Hargarten to Speak at UN on Strategies to Prevent Worldwide Handgun Violence

Nov 19 - The United Nations invited Dr. Stephen Hargarten to speak on strategies to prevent handgun violence worldwide. WISN-TV & WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Meurer Talks about Impact of Health Care Reform Law on Access and Quality

Nov 12 - Dr. John Meurer discussed the impact of the health care reform law on improved access and quality at a Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service event at UW-Fox Valley. WHBY News

Health System Partners with Church to Open Chronic Disease Clinic

Nov 8 - Columbia-St. Mary’s is partnering with the Christian Faith Fellowship Church to create a community chronic disease management clinic on Milwaukee’s northwest side. Milwaukee Community Journal

Violence Prevention Initiative Co-Sponsors Arts against Violence Workshop, Exhibit

Nov 8 - MCW’s Violence Prevention Initiative, a component of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin program, partnered with Safe & Sound, Inc., and Marquette University’s Volunteer Corps to sponsor an arts against violence workshop and exhibit in Milwaukee. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Dr. Hariman Discusses On-the-Job Challenges Faced by Arthritis Patients

Nov 8 - Dr. Richard Hariman discusses the on-the-job challenges faced by patients with rheumatoid arthritis in “Health Matters with Dr. Sanjay Gupta”. Everyday Health

Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program Awards $2.3 Million for 9 Community Health Projects

Nov 8 - The Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program of MCW’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin program awarded $2.3 million to fund nine community health projects. BizTimes & Leader-Telegram

College Partners to Improve Access to Healthier Food for Lindsay Heights Neighborhood

Oct 29 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that MCW and the Milwaukee Health Department are teaming with the Walnut Way Conservation Corp. to improve access to healthier food for residents of Milwaukee’s Lindsay Heights neighborhood. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

College Partners with UW, Black Health Coalition to Reduce Black Infant Mortality

Oct 22 - MCW has been partnering with UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the Black Health Coalition on the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families, a program developed to help reduce Black infant mortality in Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, and Beloit. Milwaukee Community Journal

Dr. Lehrmann, Billie Kubly Discuss Depression and Suicide

Oct 14 - In recognition of MCW’s second annual Depression Recognition Day, Dr. Jon Lehrmann was interviewed on WUWM-FM’s “Lake Effect” on suicide and depression. WUWM-FM

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