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Registration Now Open for the 2021 Community Engagement Virtual Poster Session 

The Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement will host its annual community engagement poster session during two virtual sessions on November 2 & 3, 2021. Each will run for up to 90 minutes, with the Tuesday, November 2 session beginning at 11 a.m. and the Wednesday, November 3 session beginning at 4 p.m. Posters will be presented virtually in real-time before a “live” audience. More details and links to register are below!


2021 Call for Abstracts has closed as of Friday, September 17

We are now accepting abstracts to be considered for the 2021 poster session. We encourage submissions from individuals at MCW, our affiliate academic institutions, and community partner organizations. Abstracts must clearly demonstrate a direct connection to the community. Please review the criteria for acceptance, the submission form guidelines, and options for participation.
Criteria for Acceptance
  • Abstracts must clearly demonstrate a direct connection to the community.
  • Abstracts and posters should meet at least one of the following:
    • describe projects, research, metrics, outcomes, or lessons learned from the field of community-engaged research (CEnR); or,
    • address topics such as community-academic partnerships for health; community-centered information systems design; examples from the field in approaching translational research projects; or,
    • have been developed in direct collaboration with communities; or,
    • demonstrate a deep practical understanding of the needs and priorities of the communities
  • If unsure about whether your abstract meets these criteria, we encourage you to complete and submit the form below and we will connect with you to clarify any issues.
  • We welcome abstracts of original work that have not previously been peer reviewed. We also welcome those that have been peer reviewed and presented elsewhere, whether virtually or in-person, if audience members were not primarily from MCW.
Participation in Poster Session

The 2021 MCW Community Engagement virtual poster session will take place over two sessions:

  • Tuesday, November 2 @ 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 3 @ 4-5:30 p.m.
Participants can indicate a preferred date within the online form and we will do our best to accommodate all needs.

This year, we offer 3 options for participation:

  • Virtual via Zoom: posters will be presented virtually in real-time before a “live” audience. Each poster will have up to 5 minutes to be presented followed by Q&A with the audience for up to 3 additional minutes. PLEASE NOTE that this option may be subject to special selection criteria based on the number of responses we receive.
  • Pre-recorded presentation: submit a pre-recorded presentation which we will upload to our public website for on-demand viewing.
  • Abstract and poster PDF: for those who do not wish to present their work, approved abstracts and PDFs of posters will be included in our event catalog.
Please see the online submission form for complete details about each option. 
Applicants will be notified by October 1 if abstracts have been accepted.
Submission Form
  • In contrast to typical academic conferences, posters should use language that is understandable by the general public. Therefore please avoid using overly scientific or technical jargon.
  • Abstracts must be 300 words or less (this does not include abstract title or list of authors)
  • Please strive to follow a standard abstract format which includes the following sections:
    • Overview or Background
    • Problem statement or Objective
    • Method
    • Results
    • Conclusion

Please complete the form to submit an abstract for consideration.

Abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 17.

2020 Virtual Poster Session

Expand the names of the breakout rooms on the right to view poster titles and authors. Full size posters and recordings of the presentations are available at the bottom of each section.
Poster Session 2020
Welcome to the 6th Annual MCW Community Engagement Poster Session
On behalf of Syed M. Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, Associate Provost and Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement:

Across the world and here in Wisconsin, the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and we are currently seeing rising numbers throughout Wisconsin. Though we are unable to gather in person during this unprecedented time, we are excited to try something new and recreate our poster session virtually. We hope that this new platform provides an opportunity to explore and look at the traditional poster session through a new lens. With the many challenges faced by our healthcare system and by our communities alike during this time, we want to encourage people to innovate not only by doing community engagement, but also in how we engage each other, for the overall health and benefit of the communities we serve.

Community engagement, one of the four missions at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), is richly embedded in our programs and throughout our centers, institutes, and departments. The Office of Community Engagement is proud of the many community engaged works happening across MCW campuses and in Wisconsin communities, as well as the expertise and commitment to the practice of community engagement by faculty, staff, students, and community partners. We are fostering future leaders in community engagement by leveraging the mentorship, experience, insights, and efforts offered by these practitioners. It is only through genuine partnerships, and mutual, longstanding commitments to the communities we serve, that MCW can impact lives and play a role in improving health in Wisconsin.

Thank you for contributing to leadership and excellence in community engagement and promoting the health of the community through education, research, and patient care!

watch welcome and opening remarks

Child Health, Care and Education

Assessment of Indoor Air Quality and Cleaning Behaviors in Urban Childcare Facilities by Erin A. Lee, MS; Joshua Steinberg, MD; Anne Dressel, PhD

Community Engaged Program to Implement the Malawi Developmental Assessment Tool for Young Children at the Child and Family Foundation of Uganda Clinic in Kampala Uganda by Sarah Benett, MS; Brittany Fickau; Ronald Anguzu; Harriet Babikako, PhD; Laura Cassidy, PhD

Key Stakeholder Perspectives on Information Exchange Between Early Head Start/Head Start (EHS/HS) Programs and Pediatric Practices by Constance Gundacker, MD, MPH; Rachel Cusatis, PhD; Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH

“Eyes on the Future” Project at St. Augustine Preparatory Academy by Jenna E. Maurer, BA; Velinka Medic, MS; Judy E. Kim, MD

Integrated Mental Health Curriculum for Middle School Students: A Pilot Study by Jacqueline Schaefer, BS; Rebecca Waldman, BA; James Stevens, MD, PhD

Green Schoolyards: A Descriptive Analysis of Baseline Data Prior to a Natural Experiment by Taylor Brockman; Charissa Fritzen-Pedicini; Yuhong Zhou; Michael Totoraitis; Sima Namin; Ronald Anguzu; Justin Hegarty; Kirsten Beyer

Key Stakeholder Perspectives On Community-Wide Resource Directories To Address Social Determinants Of Health by Constance Gundacker, MD, MPH; Krisjon Olson, PhD; Sarah Zuk, MD, MPH; Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH

Housing Instability among Families and Caregivers of Children in Foster Care by Michellai K. Parks, BS; Lisa Zetley, MD

Watch Recording

view full-size posters (PDF)

Community Health and Clinical Care

Emergency Department Utilization by Kaitlyn S. Sonnentag

Partnering with Community Leaders to Enhance Patient Care in the Emergency Department by Ashley Pavlic, MD, MA; Taylor Sonnenberg, MD, MSGH; Sarah Russell

Factors Influencing Show Rates of Emergency Department Referrals to Primary Care Clinics by Miranda H. Brown; Greg Stadter, MPH; M. Chris Decker, MD

Measuring Patient Length of Visit & Reducing Wait Times at Philippine Center Free Medical Clinic by Jonathan Slimovitch; Cameron Stewart; Maria Mendoza-Lemes, MD

Empowering Primary Care Family Networks towards Nutrition Behavior Change by Marie Balfour; Bryan Johnston, MD

Qualitative Findings of Latinx Families Experiences Following a Physical Activity and Nutrition Program by David Nelson, PhD; Kelly Dione, MA; Mari Cevilla; Jackie Jones, MS, RDN; Jeffrey Condit, MS; Paula Papanek, PhD, MPT, LAT, ATC, FACSM

Impacting pharmacy practice based on community-centered interventions at community pharmacy by Sanaya Bhathena, BSc

Lessons learned in the first year of implementing a pharmacist-led community-based health screening program in underserved Milwaukee neighborhoods by Michael DeBisschop, PharmD; David Ombengi, PharmD, MBA, MPH; Colleen Cornelius, MS

Watch Recording

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Creative Care for Vulnerable Populations

Community-Academic Partnership in Milwaukee County: A Model For Improving Veteran Healthcare Nationally by Anjali Goswami, MS; Zeno Franco, PhD

Opioid Misuse Among Veterans: A community engaged approach to tackling a wicked problem by Myah Pazdera, MS; Kajua B. Lor, BCACP; Otis Winstead Jr.; L. Kevin. Hamberger, PhD; Zeno Franco, PhD; Sarah O'Connor, MS; Martina Gollin-Graves, MSW; Robert Hurley, MD, PhD; Syed M. Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH

The Warriors Path: Using clinical measures in a Veteran arts- based community project... should we? by Katinka Hooyer, MS, PhD; Nancy Smith-Watson, BA; Leslie Ruffalo, MS, PhD

Bringing COVID-19 Patients Comfort: Virtual Music Sessions in the ICU by Jennifer C. Mackinnon, MD, MM; Jennifer Hollis, CM-Th, MDiv; Julia Reimann

Enhancing patient-centered medical care through life story work by Sai Suma K. Samudrala; Justin Laridaen; Seth Jovaag; Thor Ringler, MFA, MS; Michael McBride, MD, MS; Bertrand D. Berger, PhD

Evidence-Based Decision Making: Marathon County Pre-trial Project by Natalie Weeks

Wisconsin Views on Addiction and Mental Health by Nathan R. Staidl

Factors Associated with Tobacco use in Homeless Adults; A Mixed Methods Study by Benjamin Wrucke, BS; Lauren Bauer, MD, MPH; Rebecca Bernstein, MD, MS

Watch Recording

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Health Communication and Messaging

Examining the Social Network of PATCH Teens by Anna Bauman; Paula Neiweem; Corina Norrbom, MD; Amy Prunuske, PhD

“A gay man and a doctor are just like, a recipe for destruction”: How racism and homonegativity influence health care for young Black gay and bisexual men by Katherine G. Quinn, PhD; Broderick Pearson, MCW; Matthew Lewis

Anatomy-based Community Education Using Plastinated Organs by Ryan E. Hillmer, PhD; Teresa N. Patitucci, PhD

COVID-19 in Wisconsin: A Qualitative Study Examining Wisconsinites Perceptions and Reactions by Maren Hawkins; Anne Dressel, PhD, MLIS, MA, CFPH; Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, PhD; Peninnah Kako, PhD; Lance Weinhardt, PhD

Implementation of Digital Strategy for Community-Based COVID-19 Clinical Trial Recruitment by Thomas Luo, BSE; Tom Jiang, PharmD

MaskUpMKE: The Medical College of Wisconsin's Collaborative Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Greater Milwaukee by Jonathan C. Horng, BA; Michelle C. Horng, MPAS, PA-C; Mack G. Jablonski, BA; Zeno E. Franco, PhD; Adina L. Kalet, MD, MPH; Christopher S. Davis, MD, MPH

COVID-19: Engaging Hmong and Hispanic Populations in Bi-Directional Communication - Part 1 and Part 2 by Corina J. Norrbom, MD; Dima T. Jaber, BS; Greta Berger, BA; Mariana Savela, BS; Julie Bunczak, MSEd; Amy Prunuske, PhD; Mang Xiong, BA; Tony Gonzalez, BA

Watch Recording

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Medical Student Education and Research

Analysis of Focus Group Results for Teleophthalmology to Improve Eye Health Among Latinos Study by Megan D. Yee, BA; Militza Bonet Vázquez, MPH; Al Castro, MS; Velinka Medic, MS; Blanca Rodriguez; Judy E. Kim, MD

A community-engaged tool to bridge the gap in student ophthalmology education and inform student-led CHECK UP education sessions by Katerina Tori; Megan Cory; Wasif Osmani; Rebecca C. Lundh, MD; Annette L. Giangiacomo, MD; Deborah M. Costakos, MD, MS

Implementing Telemedicine at a Student-Run Free Clinic: Adapting Operations to Continue our Mission During a Pandemic by Allison E. Whorton; Spenser T. Marting; Staci A. Young, MD; Rebecca C. Lundh, MD

Medical Student Competencies for Community Engagement Informed by Community Stakeholders by Amy Prunuske, PhD; Lucas Mathson, BS; Haley Pysick; Eric Giordano, PhD; Jacob Prunuske, MD; Corina Norrbom, MD

Wisconsin Physician Gender Bias by Kristin Tischer; Brittany Shultz

Impacts of a Service-Learning Health Education Program on Public Housing Residents and Medical Student Leaders by Eliana Sosa; Linda Meurer, MD, MPH; Staci Young, PhD

Implementing a Medical Student Community Engagement Summer Immersion Program by Bryan Johnston, MD; Sarah O'Connor, MS; Kelsey Heindel; Myah Pazdera, MS; David Nelson, PhD, MS; Leslie Ruffalo, PhD; Syed M Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, FAAFP

Tiered Mentoring At JMAC: Evaluation of a Medical Student-Led Health Careers Outreach Program by Morgan Ashley C. Craft; Kyle Welhouse; Suzanne Letellier, MEd, MCHES; Linda Meurer, MD, MPH

Watch Recording

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Taking Care and Giving Care

Avanzando Juntas: Adapting an Evidence-based Weight Loss Program for Hispanic Breast Cancer & Gynecological Cancer Survivors by AnaKaren Manriquez Prado, BA; Staci Young, PhD; Sailaja Kamaraju, MD; Patricia Sheean; Kathleen Jensik, MSW; Melinda Stolley, PhD

The Impact of Adaptive Garden Tools in Central Wisconsin by Hannah Phelan; Corina Norrbom, MD; Amy Prunuske, PhD; Elise Schuler; Brianna Wright 

A framework for transformed community-academic partnerships to reduce cancer disparities: A Case Study by Tobi Cawthra, MPH; Laura Pinsoneault, PhD; Beth Brunner; Deborah Thomas, DD; Carol Williams, PhD; Melinda Stolley, PhD

Prescription Medication Disposal Methods in Marathon County Among the Aging by Shannon D. Faehling; Corina Norrbom, MD

Geriatric Perceptions of Weight and Weight Loss in a Community Clinic by Elise Kahn, BA; Leslie Ruffalo, PhD, MS

Healthcare System Support for Caregivers of Elderly Adults Through the Lens of the Medical Community by Annie Tuman; Leslie Ruffalo, PhD

Brain is Time by Abdulghani Mounir; Timothy Guthrie

Assessing Efficacy of Pre-Hospital Providers in Correctly Identifying CVA in De Pere and Ashwaubenon WI - A Retrospective Study by Jayme S. Nelson; Patrick D. Best 

Watch Recording

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2019 Poster Session

The 2019 Poster Session as a part of MCW ENGAGE 2019: Strengthening Partnerships. Cultivating Capacity. was a huge success - thanks to all who submitted and presented their posters!

Questions or Comments?

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