About the Center for Healthy Communities and Research
The Center for Healthy Communities, which was formed in 1997, develops community-academic partnerships that improve health in urban and rural communities in Wisconsin. The Center integrates community-based education for graduate students and undergraduate medical students into these partnerships, and conducts research, both locally and nationally, on community-identified needs. In 2010, the CHC converted to the Center for Healthy Communities and Research (CHCR) combining both the Center and the Research divisions within the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
CHCR faculty members teach and advise in the Academic Fellowship in Primary Care Research, the PhD program in Public and Community Health, the Masters in Public Health program, and the Medical Student Pathways program.
Associate Professor and Director, Center for Healthy Communities and Research
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
Staci Young, PhD, associate professor of family and community medicine, is the director of the Center for Healthy Communities and Research division. Dr. Young earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Marquette University, and her master’s and doctorate in urban studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has over 20 years of experience in community engaged research, evaluation and education.
Dr. Young’s research focus areas include advocacy for vulnerable patients and populations, the organization of work among health professionals in traditional and community-based clinical settings, and the relationship between the urban environment, acute and chronic life stressors, and health status. She has been the Principal Investigator for multiple research projects with longstanding local and statewide partners addressing women’s exposure to violence and harm reduction, the public and community health workforce, and the role of safety net providers in ensuring access to health care. She is the co-investigator for NIH funded grants focused on residential segregation and breast cancer survival among African American and Hispanic women, and weight loss and breast cancer survival among Hispanic women. She was among an inaugural group of 20 scholars nationally selected to participate in the Critical Race Praxis Institute at the University of Maryland. She is also a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
Dr. Young is deeply committed to teaching and mentoring MCW medical students and graduate students. This includes students in the Urban and Community Health Pathway, the Masters in Public Health program, the PhD program in Public and Community Health, and trainees in the academic primary care fellowship. She is also an advisor to the medical student managers of the Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured.
Dr. Young has received numerous awards for her achievements, including the MCW Outstanding Medical Student Teacher recognition, the Humanitarian Award from the Milwaukee Academy of Medicine, the Milwaukee Neighborhood Development Innovation award and the MCW President’s Diversity and Inclusion Award.
Outside of MCW, Dr. Young is the chair of the advisory board for City on a Hill, a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to working as a catalyst to bring transformation to individuals, families and neighborhoods in the central city of Milwaukee.
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Tess Chandler, Education Program Coordinator II
Tess Chandler is an Education Program Coordinator II for the Academic Fellowship in Primary Care Research, which is a 2-3 year postdoctoral program funded by a HRSA T32 award since 1998. Dr. Linda Meurer is the director of this full-time fellowship that integrates primary care physicians, psychologists, social scientists, advance practice nurses and pharmacists in an intense, interdisciplinary experience in primary care and community engaged research. Tess has served on the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee since 2016 and as a leader in the NCBI Welcoming Diversity workshops.