The Institute for Health and Society

The Institute for Health and Society serves as the academic home for several successful existing programs of the College, including:

In recent years, there has been an increased emphasis on public and community health and clinical and translational sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). One example is the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment funds, which provide support for three complementary programs, each of which encompasses public and community health and certain translational activities that aim to improve the health of the people of Wisconsin. In addition, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) collaborated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison to develop the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute, an advanced leadership training program for the existing public health workforce, was implemented in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

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  IHS Leadership

John Meurer, MD, MBA serves as the Director for the Institute for Health and Society. Each component of the Institute is led by a faculty director. View the IHS Org Chart (PDF)

  IHS Overview

Mission

The mission of the Institute for Health and Society is to improve health and advance equity through partnerships and to integrate medicine and population health.

Guiding Principles

  • Integrate public and community health across research, education, clinical, and community initiatives.
  • Foster collaboration among departments and disciplines, and strengthen relationships with community.
  • Support advocacy and policy change as keys for systemic transformation.
  • Build capacity by creating and strengthening effective partnerships that are innovative and mutually beneficial.
  • Share power and resources equitably among partners to maximize effective outcomes.
  • Nurture programs in public health disciplines and encourage methodological research in biostatistics, bioethics, and global health.

Strengths of the Institute Model

  • Recognize interdisciplinary nature and breadth of community, population, public, and global health research.
  • Uniquely positioned in MCW strategic plan as both platform technology and discipline.
  • Capitalizes on College-wide faculty interests and expertise
  • Fosters collaboration across departments
  • Strengthens linkages with community and builds on community expertise
  • Increases opportunities for leveraging funds
  • Enhances visibility of MCW's commitment to community engagement
  • Builds upon Biostatistics' successful track record of collaborative and basic research
  • Advances nationally-known Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
  Institute Components with Faculty Leadership

Research

  • Will occur is partnership with MCW departments and interdisciplinary centers
  • Research-intensive faculty recruits will be part of collaborating departments and the Institute
  • Core space for interdisciplinary efforts across departments will reside in the Institute
  • Includes Clinical and Translational Science Institute Biostatistics and Bioethics key functions
  • Includes basic research in statistical methodology

Education

  • Graduate education programs in bioethics, biostatistics, public and community health, and MPH
  • Urban and Community Health and Global Health Medical Education Pathway
  • Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute
  • Education pipeline programs

Health Equity and Urban Clinical Care Partnerships

  • Forge partnerships with federally qualified health centers
  • Enhance affiliation with Children's Hospital and Froedtert Hospital for care models
  • Develop new models for primary care access for underserved populations through academic and community partnerships

Community Engagement

  • Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program
  • Youth Violence Prevention Initiative
  • Community Engagement Key Function of the CTSI

Cross-Cutting Initiatives

  • Biostatistics
  • Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
  • Global Health Program

External Collaborations

  • Strengthen partnerships with community organizations
  • Foster collaboration with academic institutions, health care organizations, and state and local health departments
  • Foster collaboration with federally qualified health centers

Planning Process

The institute was developed with a unique 30-member community-academic planning committee

  IHS History

On July 1, 2010, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Population Health was reorganized into the Institute for Health and Society to reflect the increased role it will take in the College's public and community health and clinical and translational sciences efforts. Dr. John Meurer, Professor and Director of the Institute for Health and Society, along with his specialized team of faculty, staff, and students are dedicated to improving health and advancing health equity through community and academic partnerships.

The Institute for Health and Society consists of eight divisions and multiple subdivisions:

Administration
Director: John Meurer, MD, MBA

Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Director: Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD

Community Engagement

  • Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) - PI: John Meurer, MD MBA

Division of Epidemiology
Director: Laura Cassidy, PhD, MS

Division of Biostatistics
Director: Purushottam W. (Prakash) Laud, PhD

Education
Director: Terry Brandenburg, MPH

Global Health
Director: Steve Hargarten, MD, MPH

  Planning Process

The institute was developed with a unique 30-member community-academic planning committee

Contact the Institute for Health and Society

8701 Watertown Plank Road
Suite H2100
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509

(414) 955-8800
(414) 955-0176 (Fax)

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