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Faculty, staff, students and community partners honored with the Medical College of Wisconsin President’s Community Engagement Award

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Office of Community Engagement was pleased to host the 2021 President’s Community Engagement Award Ceremony on Friday, June 11.

Awards were bestowed in four categories in recognition of exemplary community engagement work by MCW faculty, staff, students and community partners. In addition, a special award was given in recognition of a team of MCW faculty and staff who led the MCW COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. The ceremony highlighted the tremendous breadth and significance of community-engaged work undertaken by MCW personnel and community partners.

“The President’s Community Engagement Award is a time-honored tradition of recognizing and extending gratitude to those who work tirelessly to advance community engagement at MCW,” said Staci Young, interim senior associate dean for community engagement at MCW. “The award symbolizes MCW’s commitment to fostering partnerships with our community members in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin. … Now more than ever, it is important to show how greatly we appreciate these selfless and dedicated individuals.”

2021 President’s Community Engagement Awardees include:

Community Partner

  • Azure'De (DeDe) Williams for her work with the Milwaukee Area Health Education Center addressing health disparities and achievement gaps.
  • Team of Otis Winstead, Jr., Wade Fernandez, Cecilia Garcia, MAE, and Tou Fong Lee for their work with the “Creative Health Collective,” a STOP COVID-19 project funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment, which focused on achieving equitable response strategies to COVID-19 in each of the awardees’ respective communities: African American, Native American, Hispanic, and Southeast Asian/Hmong.

MCW Student

  • Team of Suma Samudrala and Justin Laridaen for founding and leading the program “My Life My Story,” which serves to improve the quality of health care for Veterans.

MCW Staff

  • Shayvon McCullum for founding and leading the nonprofit “Secure Bridges,” which is dedicated to dismantling youth sex trafficking in Milwaukee.
  • Christina Hoppe, MS, for strengthening and creating new community partnerships for pediatric residency programs and medical trainees.

MCW Faculty

  • Alonzo Walker, MD, for his lifetime achievements in spearheading MCW’s first formal diversity and inclusion efforts and developing, advancing and leading community engagement for MCW’s Cancer Center and, more broadly, for researchers and Milwaukee community members.
  • Team of Corina Norrbom, MD, and Amy Prunuske, PhD, for their continuous commitment and work engaging MCW students and community members to improve the health of Central Wisconsin residents in measurable ways.
  • Kajua Lor, PharmD, BCACP, for her leadership and support of MCW learners, staff, faculty and community members who identify as Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI), as well as her commitment to training medical students and other professionals on cultural humility skills.

Special Recognition

  • Team of Kristin Busse, PharmD, BCPS; Karen MacKinnon, BPharm, RPh; Lisa Henk, MHR; and Pam Jung for the herculean effort of establishing the MCW COVID-19 Vaccine Program, an entirely new clinical unit which ultimately saved lives by administering 20,000 COVID-19 vaccinations to 10,000 persons.


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Watch a recording of the ceremony


Year upon year, the Office of Community Engagement builds and supports a large and strong group of people who are dedicated to achieving excellence in community engagement and who contribute to the wealth of resources at MCW for improving the health of our communities. We thank and honor this year’s awardees for upholding the vision and advancing MCW’s mission of community engagement.

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