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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Apr. 10 - Let’s celebrate our accomplishments and talk about what it will take to become the Healthiest Nation in One Generation!
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.
Apr. 8 - Let’s highlight the significant shifts that demonstrate momentum is building around a higher commitment to our nation’s public health.
Wisconsin map of Alumni, Students and Patients
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Dec. 18 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten addressed Milwaukee’s second annual gun violence prevention summit. Fox 6 Now and WUWM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
Nov. 4 - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced the hospitals designated to treat any Wisconsin Ebola patients. Biz Times and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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
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.
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
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
Sept. 24 - David Petering, PhD, UWM Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, discusses the Children’s Environmental Health Sciences Core Center on WUWM-FM. WUWM
Sept. 23 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten discussed the variance in suicide rates in different Wisconsin counties. Marshfield News Herald
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
Sept. 22 - Dr. Jonathon Truwit (Senior Administrative Dean) discussed the importance of population health management in an interview with HealthITAnalytics. Health Analytics
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
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
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
Aug. 14 - The Chippewa Herald reports that Chippewa County did not fare well in the recently released statewide report on suicide. The Chippewa Herald
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
July 03 - Wisconsin Public Radio discusses MCW’s participation in Reach Out and Read, a national program to promote early literacy. WPR
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
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
June 19 - Dr. Earnestine Willis was Co-Chair of the 11th annual African American Walk for Quality Health. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
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
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