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About the Office of Community Engagement

The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) is dedicated to improving the health of communities of Wisconsin and beyond by advancing the art and science of community engagement. Community engagement, one of the four missions at the MCW, is richly embedded in office programs and throughout MCW centers, institutes, and departments. The office is also dedicated to leadership and excellence through community engagement, and partners with community organizations to enhance learning, research, patient care, and the health of the community. With strong support from Staci Young, PhD, interim senior associate dean for community engagement, the Office of Community Engagement provides a variety of resources to both academic and community partners to advance community engagement at MCW.
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Mission
Improve the health of communities of Wisconsin and beyond by advancing art and science of community engagement and make the Medical College of Wisconsin a national leader in improving the health of the public.
Guiding Principles
  • Develop reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnership with communities of Wisconsin
  • Use bi-directional dialogue in having defined community programs and scope
  • Have strong community-academic partnerships with equitable power and responsibilities
  • Build capacity within the Medical College of Wisconsin and the community, and effectively disseminate
Meet the Team
Zeno Franco, PhD, Associate Professor, Family & Community Medicine
Bryan Johnston, MD, Assistant Professor, Family & Community Medicine
David Nelson, PhD, MS, Associate Professor, Family & Community Medicine
Leslie Ruffalo, PhD, MS, Associate Professor, Family & Community Medicine
Staci Young, PhD, Associate Professor, Family & Community Medicine
Interim Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement

Kelsey Heindel, BS, Program Coordinator, Community Engagement
Sarah O'Connor, MS, Program Manager, Community Engagement
Erika Petterson, MA, Program Coordinator, Community Engagement
Christine Zeller, MA, Program Manager, Community Engagement

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