MCW named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
March 08, 2013 College News - 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. The honor roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
A total of 690 institutions were named to the honor roll, including 12 from Wisconsin, which engage a combined 3.1 million students in community service.
“Our contributions to improving the health of our communities are a unique aspect of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s efforts, and one for which we are very proud,” said John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, President and CEO. “This award is a tribute to the wonderful work of our faculty, staff, students and community partners to bring these endeavors to fruition.”
MCW’s community mission was enhanced by a $318 million endowment from the Blue Cross Blue Shield United of Wisconsin conversion. These funds allow us to combine MCW faculty, students and community strengths in perpetuity through our annual funding program, Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP).
“The Medical College of Wisconsin’s community efforts have resulted in the development of many truly innovative approaches for addressing community health needs,” said Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President. “The result of this innovation is improved access to health care in rural, diverse and urban communities across the state. This honor shows we are making a difference in the lives of people who may not otherwise receive the health care they need.”
MCW’s commitment to community engagement and health improvement is reflected in its many long-standing initiatives that exemplify how faculty, students and staff work with communities to translate research into practice, impact public policy, and provide community-based educational experiences that improve health. Medical students and residents contribute their leadership and talent to a number of these projects, and provide both mentorship and a peer network for one another.
Since 2004, HWPP has awarded $43.8 million to 143 community-MCW partnership projects dedicated to health improvement. These partnerships have included 150 MCW faculty and many more students and staff, working with more than 350 diverse community groups to develop innovative approaches to community health needs. These projects are rigorously evaluated and report transformative outcomes, including reducing obesity among Latino youth through a culturally tailored nutrition and fitness program, successfully advocating for passage of a child booster seat law, and facilitating the adoption of a health and wellness policy at a local public school.