MCW Institute for Health & Equity Research

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 work is defined by first identifying the problem, then working with our community health partners to develop the most effective means of improving access to care, enhancing health education, changing government or health system policies and enabling behavior changes. Our partners rely on us to provide the data, statistical analysis, creativity, collaboration and vision required to reduce violence, find more effective treatments for rare diseases and ensure everything we do for patients is ethically sound.

Our research is ever-evolving as we strive to make an impact on the most pressing population health challenges of our time.
Bioethics Research

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
Community Health 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
Epidemiology Research

Division of Epidemiology & Social Sciences

The Division of Epidemiology & Social Sciences 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 & Social Sciences Research
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  • Division of Community Health

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  • Division of Epidemiology & Social Sciences

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