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Annual Community Engagement Conference - POSTPONED

Based on the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, we have decided to postpone until further notice the 2020 spring community engagement conference MCW Engage originally scheduled for May 7 and 8. This includes the President’s Community Engagement Award Ceremony and the poster session. As we gain clarity in the coming weeks, we will communicate further about our plans for rescheduling.

For resources on preventing COVID-19 infection please visit the CDC website. Steps you can take to prevent illness for yourself and your family include:

  • Wash your hands often for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizers with a minimum of 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact.
  • Stay home if you are sick (except to get medical care.)
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

As we all seek to stay well and support our families, neighbors, and communities, we encourage you to check in on and provide whatever assistance you can to the people and organizations who are serving or represent vulnerable populations.

Improving the Health of Communities

The Office of Community Engagement at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is dedicated to leadership and excellence through community engagement and partnering with public and private organizations to enhance learning, research, patient care and the health of the community. Our office provides an overview of definitions, focus and strategy for MCW to further community engagement as one of its four missions. Join our email list

Office of Community Engagement Quick Links

  • Community Engagement Conference

    Annual conference putting focus on community-relevant topics while bringing together academic and community partners.

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  • Community Engagement Resources

    Explore community engagement educational materials, models, definitions and online resources

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  • Immersion Program

    This program focuses on the social determinants of health and will give participants the opportunity to learn how to become effective community-engaged professionals.

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  • President's Community Engagement Award

    Recognizes the exemplary community-academic partnership, community-engaged research or community outreach activities of faculty, staff, students and/or community partners of MCW

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Community Engagement Recognition

As a leader in community engagement, the Medical College of Wisconsin has received the following recognition in relation to its community engagement programs and initiatives.

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

In 2015, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which works to develop networks of ideas and institutions to advance teaching and learning, awarded the Community Engagement Classification to the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in recognition of MCW’s community engagement practices. The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification designation for MCW is an honor and a monumental achievement, as it recognizes the innumerable exemplary campus-wide programs and initiatives that are focused on excellence in community engagement and on serving the needs of our communities. MCW is now one of four medical schools nationwide who have received this honor.

Learn more about the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Engagement

The Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Engagement is presented annually to a U.S. AAMC-member medical school or teaching hospital with a long-standing, major institutional commitment to partnering with the community it serves to identify and address community needs. MCW was recognized as a top institution in Community Engagement and Community Service as a Finalist for the Spencer Foreman Award (each year there are two Finalists recognized along with the recipient). This award is one of the most prestigious given by the AAMC and MCW is the only medical school to have been recognized among the top three institutions for the award more than once in the past 11 years; MCW was the recipient of the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Engagement in 2005.

Learn more about the AAMC Community Service Award

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