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Community Engagement

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 the 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.

Office of Community Engagement Events & Programs

  • Seed Grants

    MCW’s CEnR Seed Grant Program, a partly-matched program, leverages funding from interested centers, institutes, and departments. 

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  • Community Engagement Conference

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

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  • Health Science Square

    The Health Science Square is a model of community engaged research (CEnR) practice. Its purpose is to create a space for collaborative community solutions.

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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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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

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which works to develop networks of ideas and institutions to advance teaching and learning, has awarded 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 Service

The Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service 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 Spencer Foreman Award more than once in the past 11 years; MCW was the recipient of the inaugural SF Award in 2006.

Learn more about the AAMC Community Service Award.

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