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Medical College of Wisconsin and Greater Milwaukee Fund partner to address community health needs

The former Shuster’s Department Store at 2153 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. will undergo a $100 million renovation to act as the staging grounds for a strategic initiative between the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and Greater Milwaukee Foundation (GMF) to address community health needs.

The shared vision is “a Milwaukee that is equitable, healthy and thriving for all.” Achieving this vision requires focusing on places where investment has been scarce and supporting people of color, who are disproportionately affected by disparities in the community. Together, the MCW and the GMF will:

  • Engage resident and community partnerships.
  • Improve social determinants of health.
  • Catalyze change that leverages resources and investment.

The new initiative seeks to transform Milwaukee into one of the healthiest and safest cities in the country. The MCW plans to house its community-facing programs in one location to provide community engagement and support research and policy change. By doing so, the desire is to create “a front door for MCW to the community,” said John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, President and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Raymond stressed that Wisconsin has the highest quality of healthcare in the state, but that the state’s relative rankings of health have declined. “Safe neighborhoods, good housing, stable housing, stable homes, great education. These are social determinants that are much important than the quality of healthcare in terms of your overall quality of life and opportunities that are provided to you,” said Raymond.

All in all, the collaboration between the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is set to join forces, share expertise, and accelerate investment to better serve the people of Milwaukee.