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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 ( 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

Drs. Hargarten and Melzer-Lange Discuss Impact of Gun Violence

Sept 30 - In a front-page Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, Drs. Steve Hargarten and Marlene Melzer-Lange discuss the lingering impact of gun violence on victims. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

After Shooting Wounds Heal, Emotional Scars Cling

Sept 25 - Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, discusses the spike in gun violence in Milwaukee this year, and the role of the Level I trauma centers at Froedtert & the Medical College and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in treating gunshot victims. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Conference Focuses on Community Response to Natural Disasters

Sept 24 - Dr. Reza Shaker discusses the importance of a MCW-sponsored conference on community response to natural disasters. Fox 6 Now

CTSI Sponsors Disaster Resilience Conference

Sept 20 - Dr. Reza Shaker spoke with Fox 6 about a disaster resilience and planning conference presented by CTSI in collaboration with the department of emergency medicine, UW-Milwaukee’s FEMA Think Tank, and the City of Milwaukee. Fox 6

Dr. Meurer Notes Links Between Segregation and Poverty with Childhood Obesity

Sept 17 - Dr. Linda Meurer is quoted on the impact of segregation and high levels of poverty on childhood obesity in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opinion editorial. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Hargarten Serves on National Panel of Experts Issuing Report on Gun Violence

Sept 17 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten was one of 14 national experts selected by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council to review what is currently known about gun violence, and to make recommendations for future investigation and study. Daily Kos

Consortium Sponsors Conference on Community Disaster Resilience

Sept 9 - The Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin, based at MCW, will host a one-day conference on September 18 on “Community Engagement in Research Conference: Advancing Communities’ Disaster Resilience.” WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Hargarten Notes Relationship between Increase of Firearms and Rise in Mass Shootings

Sept 4 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten tells MintPress News that there appears to be a relationship between the proliferation of firearms and a rise in mass shootings. MintPress

Dr. Jarzembowski Provides Alternatives to Co-Sleeping with Infants

Sept 4 - Dr. Jason Jarzembowski tells ABC-TV/Channel 12 that co-sleeping with infants should be discouraged and that parents should instead keep infants in a separate crib or playpen in the parent’s bedroom. ABC-TV/Channel 12

Opinion Editorial Calls on City Leaders to Engage MCW in Violence Prevention Planning

Aug 28 - An opinion editorial in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by Susan Lloyd calls upon city leaders to engage MCW, and UWM’s Zilber School of Public Health and Helen Bader School of Social Welfare to evaluate violence prevention programs and recommend changes in policy and practice. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Willis Heads Advisory Board for Firm Managing Milwaukee’s Head Start Program

Aug 27 - Dr. Earnestine Willis is chair of the local advisory board for Acelero Learning, a for-profit company that will manage Milwaukee’s federally-financed Head Start program. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Reserve your seat for the Community Engagement in Research Conference

Aug 20 - The 7th annual Community Engagement in Research (CEnR) Conference is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harley-Davidson Museum. ® Titled, Community & Academic Partnerships: Learning from the Past, Building for the Future, this educational conference is aimed at academic and community members interested in learning more about community engaged research (CER).

Hospital Cited for Creating Online Bullying Prevention Program

Aug 19 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opinion editorial cites Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s partnership with the Milwaukee Public Schools and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in launching Act Now!, an online bullying prevention program. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

NIH Awards Dr. Willis $1.3 Million Grant to Improve Childhood Immunization Rates

Aug 19 - Dr. Earnestine Willis received a three-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to improve the rates of childhood immunization in Milwaukee neighborhoods in which there are significant disparities in immunization coverage. WauwatosaNOW

Alderman Attacks HPV Vaccination Plan

April 23 - Milwaukee Alderman Jim Bohl accused Milwaukee Health Department officials of arrogance and misinformation regarding a $900,000 grant to educate physicians and parents about HPV vaccinations. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Soap” About Diabetes Hits Home

June 3 - Elaine Drew, PhD, discusses a HWPP-funded project in which a telenovela aimed at the Latino community was developed to help prevent and educate about diabetes. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Documentary Aimed to Increase Awareness about Breast Cancer Treatment

June 10 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin are producing a documentary that aims to increase awareness about breast cancer risk and treatment among low-income or underinsured African-American women. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Hargarten Addresses Issue of Drownings Related to Inebriation

May 1 - Dr. Stephen Hargarten provides expert opinion for an NBC/Channel 4 report on why so many inebriated individuals have died in Wisconsin rivers. 620 WTMJ

I-Team takes plunge to learn why so many die in rivers

Apr. 26 - WTMJ-TV interviewed Dr. Stephen Hargarten to learn more about why river drownings occur in Wisconsin. WTMJ-TV

MCW named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Mar 08 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Medical Students Help Train Teens on CPR in New Project ADAM Initiative

June 24 - Fox/Channel 6 reports that MCW medical students from the Urban and Community Health Pathway program and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin staff are training teens on CPR as part of Project ADAM’s READY (Responding to Emergencies and Disasters with Youth) Team. Fox 6 Now

Project ADAM, R.E.A.D.Y. Team up to Provide CPR Training

June 24 - Project ADAM is launching a new partnership with Bay View Community Center’s R.E.A.D.Y. (Responding to Emergencies and Disasters with Youth) Team to increase the number of bystanders with CPR training. Fox 6

Resident Alumnus Discusses Muslim Community and Health Center of Wisconsin

May 20 - In a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, Dr. Mohammad Fareed discusses the Muslim Community and Health Center of Wisconsin, located on Milwaukee’s South Side. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Urban and Community Health Pathway Program Works with Area High School Students

June 3 - MCW’s Urban and Community Health Pathway program is partnering with the Milwaukee Area Health Education Center’s Youth Health Service Corps to identify high school students interested in health careers and assist them in realizing those careers. Wauwatosa Patch

Women's History Month - Cheryl Maurana

Mar. 09 - In honor of Women’s History Month, the Medical College of Wisconsin has created a series of video vignettes and stories that will be posted on InfoScope during the month of March. The vignettes highlight some of our women faculty, staff and students and the contributions they have made.

Youth Violence and Gun Ownership

July 10 - One in four young adults and teens treated in a community emergency department admit they own a firearm or have owned one in the last six months, according to a new study in Pediatrics. CNN

Congratulations to the Class of 2012

The 99th annual commencement took place on May 18 at the Milwaukee Theatre, at which the Medical College of Wisconsin and its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 202 MD, 38 PhD, 27 MS, 4 MA, and 18 Master of Public Health degrees, as well as bestowed numerous honors.

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