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Conference shares lessons learned from community engagement

Madelaine Tully, MD, Progressive Community Health Centers, discusses how to find, adapt
and implement evidence-based best practices.

Sept. 24, 2013 College News - The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP) presented “Community & Academic Partnerships: Learning from the Past, Building for the Future” during the 7th Community Engagement in Research conference on Sept. 17, at the Harley-Davidson Museum®.

John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, MCW President and CEO, welcomed the more than 150 attendees and presenters from community-based organizations, governmental agencies, faith-based organizations and academic institutions.

“HWPP-funded community-academic partnerships,” Dr. Raymond said, “are contributing tangible improvements and sustainable strategies aimed at addressing root causes of illness, disability and death in Wisconsin communities.”

Dr. Raymond introduced MCW’s Syed M. Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement, Director of HWPP, Director of the Community Engagement Key Function of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Professor of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Ahmed discussed the insight that HWPP has gained into community engagement from the more than 100 HWPP-funded community-academic partnerships.

For the morning keynote address, Milton “Mickey” Eder, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation at Access Community Health Network, shared his knowledge regarding new approaches for evaluating the outcomes and impact from community-engaged research projects.

Conference attendees then engaged in a number of peer-led sessions discussing lessons learned from the experience of building and sustaining community-academic partnerships and conducting community engaged research. Many participants also attended a skill-building session on the use of digital film, photography and music to create compelling stories for use in public health campaigns, project promotion and fundraising.

Proceedings from the conference will be available on the HWPP Previous Educational Opportunities web page

HWPP is a component of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment. AHW is dedicated to improving the health of the people of Wisconsin through community-academic partnerships addressing public health needs, biomedical and population health research, and innovative educational programs to enhance the skills and knowledge of medical students, graduate students and public health professionals.
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