Student Faculty Patient Simulator

Primary Partners

Department of Family and Community Medicine Center for Healthy Communities and Research (CHCR)

Linda N. Meurer, MD, MPH

Dr. Linda Meurer

The Department of Family and Community Medicine Center for Healthy Communities and Research (CHCR) is the administrative and curricular home for the fellowship. Fellows in faculty medicine emphasize Community Engaged Research, working with a network of long-established partners in Milwaukee and across the state to address important local health priorities, and social and environmental factors that contribute to health disparities. Priority research areas include community-based health education and service learning; integrated mental and behavioral health; fitness and nutrition; social determinants and health equity; and community-based care of veterans and their families. Fellows also work with our residency programs on clinical, teaching and quality improvement initiatives.

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General Internal Medicine/Center for Advancing Population Science (CAPS)

Joni Williams, MD, MPH

Dr. Joni Williams

The Department of Medicine has many opportunities for fellows interested in primary care research. Our faculty are working on projects related to a myriad of topics. Through the Center for Advancing Population Science (CAPS), research is conducted through units that are organized around particular approaches and content areas that include biostatistics, health economics, VA care, global health, health systems research, population health, health disparities, and community engagement. We are well-known for our health services research targeting diabetes, kidney disease, cancer care, decision-making, communication, peer mentoring, patient safety, patient-reported outcomes, and health information technology. We have expertise in qualitative methods, community-based research, large database research, quality improvement research, and survey methodology. Fellows can expect a supportive environment for conducting research on patient care services and related health outcomes.

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Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children

The Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children's faculty and staff is engaged in a number of community-academic initiatives. Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of underserved children through research, education, clinical care, advocacy, and community partnerships. Our goal is to examine the needs of children in underserved communities throughout Wisconsin and to reduce low-income families’ health disparities. We support valuable training and community-based research.

Our research, education and advocacy initiatives:

  • Conduct community-based participatory research (Community Health Improvement for Milwaukee's Children)
  • Provide community-based graduate medical education (Community Pediatrics Training Initiative - CPTI)
  • Instruct graduate and doctoral students (health disparities, maternal child health, community-academic partnerships)
  • Improving access to healthcare services ( Immunization Compliance, Oral Health)
  • Increase access social determinants of health and health systems changes (Kenosha Human Services Transforming Systems for Families Protective Factors; Wisconsin Medical Dental Integration Project in partnership with CHAW)”
  • Establish diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives in the Department of Pediatric through advancing awareness such that those initiatives are beneficial to DOP for greater innovations, creativity & excellence.

The MCW Institute for Health & Equity

John Meurer

Dr. John Meurer

The Institute for Health & Equity is comprised of 100 faculty, staff, and PhD students in biostatistics, epidemiology, social sciences, bioethics, and community health. The Institute authored 100 high impact publications last year, and 40 papers focused on health disparities/equity. Drs. John Meurer, Laura Cassidy, and Rodney Sparapani are IHE fellowship co-directors. Our current fellow is Sima Namin, PhD, who is studying cancer disparities and environmental justice. We are recruiting a new fellow with expertise in epidemiology.

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MCW School of Pharmacy


George MacKinnon, III, PhD, MS, RPh

While there is a growing demand for pharmacists trained to provide expanded primary care services to patients in our communities, there also is a need to broaden the understanding of the impact such services have on patient outcomes though research. We are excited to collaborate with the Academic Fellowship in Primary Care Research, providing pharmacists the opportunity to learn, research and lead alongside other fellows from a variety of disciplines in the primary care setting.

To use a sports analogy, healthcare is a very complex team sport with multiple individuals playing many different roles, coming in and out of contact with one another at various times while still sharing a common goal – the patient’s wellbeing.

The aim of the MCW Pharmacy School is not only to graduate the pharmacists of the future, but also create practice models and healthcare teams of the future that leverage the role of the pharmacist. We intend to create a dynamic academic pharmacy program with a focus on interprofessional collaboration, as exemplified by the Academic Fellowship in Primary Care Research.

The future of healthcare will require pharmacy graduates to have the ability to contribute meaningfully to patient care, personalized/precision medicine, and public health. Our partnership with the Academic Fellowship in Primary Care Research will help us collectively educate the pharmacists of the future to achieve this goal.

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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing

Jeana Holt, PhD, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

Jeana Holt, PhD, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

Dr. Holt is a nurse scientist and family nurse practitioner. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin and Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Holt's expertise is in implementation science methods to plan and evaluate clinicians' uptake of evidence-based healthcare interventions. Dr. Holt was formerly a primary care research fellow at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. During her fellowship, she explored how consumer informatics tools that integrate patient's life circumstances, goals, supports, risks, and care preferences into their electronic health record for point-of-care discussions influence patient-provider communication and patient activation. Dr. Holt has a particular interest in evaluating how to best empower diverse patients through digital health tools within the context of existing systems of care. As part of her leadership activities, Dr. Holt is on the Omaha System and the Metro Milwaukee Nurse Practitioners Boards of Directors.