Finding Answers. Changing Lives.
The Institute for Health & Equity is dedicated to searching for patterns, anomalies, root causes and better ways to improve the health of the communities we serve. We are experts at identifying health disparities and then finding ways to level the playing field for those who have been left behind. The root causes of health disparities in major diseases like cancer or diabetes may be environmental, geographic, socioeconomic, demographic, behavioral or cultural in nature. Or, sometimes it’s a combination of several factors.
Our research is ever-evolving as we strive to make an impact on the most pressing population health challenges of our time.
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities researches a wide range of topics, including the ethics of potential neurological treatments involving artificial intelligence and machine learning for patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and brain injury.Bioethics Research
Division of Biostatistics
The Division of Biostatistics has an international reputation as an expert resource for patient survival analysis research, funded by the National Cancer Institute. Other current research includes evaluating new treatments prior to clinical trials, providing biostatistical support to the Center for International Bone Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) regarding genetic treatment for rare diseases, as well as interdisciplinary functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) research.Biostats Research
Division of Community Health
The Division of Community Health is the catalyst for collaborative research in programs involving sociology, epidemiology, bioethics and biostatistics to address root causes of health disparities and to foster health equity. Researchers are also working on cross-cutting initiatives to reduce cancer disparities across Wisconsin.Community Health Research
Division of Epidemiology
The Division of Epidemiology is currently researching urban and rural opioid resiliency in efforts to help address the addiction and overdose epidemic. We are also working on several projects to address inner-city violence and sex trafficking, as well as cancer survival disparities among black, Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women.Epidemiology Research