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Medical College of Wisconsin forms Center for Advancing Population Science

Milwaukee, July 31, 2018 – To better reflect an expanded focus on health services research, emphasis on population science and global health, enhanced recruitment of new faculty and collaborators, and desire to improve engagement with community partners, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is renaming and relaunching its Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) as the Center for Advancing Population Science (CAPS).

“This expanded focus will facilitate partnerships between CAPS researchers within MCW and with MCW's collaborators and better support MCW’s efforts to create tangible change in our communities,” said Dr. Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, dean of the School of Medicine, provost and executive vice president of MCW, “This new focus of the center positions CAPS to become a global leader in healthcare transformation.”

CAPS will carry on the same mission PCOR has held since its establishment in 2001: to develop, test and implement innovative strategies for transforming healthcare that optimizes quality, value and cost, through research, analysis, implementation and impact. In alignment with MCW’s research and community engagement missions, CAPS aims to cultivate knowledge on how access to care, quality and cost of care and the social determinants of health intersect to create disparities and influence the overall health of the region.

Leonard Egede, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at MCW will lead the relaunched center. Dr. Egede recently received a $2.8 million, six-year grant from the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment to spearhead COME ALIVE MILWAUKEE: Community Empowerment and Lifestyle Intervention for Ethnic Minorities, a project aiming to reduce the burden of chronic disease and eliminate health disparities in high-risk minority communities through direct patient intervention, as well as to grow the next generation of researchers. Dr. Egede also holds a leadership role in MCW’s Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI), which advances translational science across the entire translational spectrum.

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