Community Engagement Conference

The Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement and the Community Engagement Core host an annual Community Engagement Conference, putting focus on a particular community engaged or community-relevant topic or theme while bringing together academic and community partners for discussion, education and action. In sessions to facilitate education, networking, recognition and promotion of Community Engagement we aim to strengthen community and academic collaboration around health by exploring and growing our common ground to improve the lives of Wisconsin Communities.

New format, same great opportunity! Community Engagement Week is being changed to a Conference Series, with smaller events planned throughout the year.

Spreading the Word:

Dissemination Strategies for Community Engagement

Community Engagement Spring Conference | April 26 & 27



Join us for MCW’s 4th annual Community Engagement Conference hosted by the Office of Community Engagement and the Community Engagement Core on April 26th and 27th. Registration is now open! We are excited to offer special sessions this year focused on community engaged dissemination methods, with inspiration, insight, and instruction to creatively share your message with your target audience. Register to reserve a spot now!

Connect with us on social media throughout the conference!

  • Facebook: @mcwcommunityengagement
  • Event Hashtag: #SpreadingtheWord


Community Engagement Spring Conference Sessions & Events:

Thursday, April 26 | Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW)
8701 W. Watertown Plank Rd., Milwaukee, WI

Registration Opens | 8:00 am | MCW, Alumni Center

Community Engagement Spring Conference Poster Session 
Thursday, April 26 | 8:30-9:30 am

The Community Engagement Spring Conference Poster Session is an opportunity for community-academic partnerships, community centered projects, Community Engaged Research, and Translational Research for Community Health to be highlighted through a poster session. Poster authors will be present to talk through their work, answer questions, and expand the dialogue around community engagement.

Regional Community Engagement Network (RCEN) Launch
Thursday, April 26 | 9:40-11:30 am

Join in a discussion with the burgeoning RCEN, whose members span many of the higher education institutions and community organizations across the region. Contribute your thoughts and ideas to the development of community engagement core competencies and what a regional approach to volunteerism could be.

President's Community Engagement Award Luncheon
Thursday, April 26 | 11:30 am-12:30 pm

The President’s Community Engagement Award recognizes the exemplary community-academic partnerships, community engaged research (CenR), or community outreach activities and programs of faculty, staff, students, or community partners of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Join us over lunch to recognize this year’s awardees.

*Free parking will be available in MCW's Visitor Parking Lot located on the east side of 87th street, across from the main MCW building. Let the attendant know that you are here for the Community Engagement Conference*

Friday, April 27 | Ambassador Inn
2301 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI

Registration Opens | 8:00 am | The Marquette Room

Breakfast and Networking
Friday, April 27 | 8:30-9:00 am

Connect with other attendees over breakfast!

Community Perspectives on Dissemination
Friday, April 27 | 9:00-9:40 am

Hear community perspectives about how to thoughtfully consider dissemination of health and research information in this panel. Learn about dissemination strategies and approaches that have resonated with various communities.

Community-Engaged Dissemination Methods 
Friday, April 27 | 9:40-10:20 am

Panelists will discuss innovative dissemination methods that are relevant to community partners and stakeholders. Learn about approaches to package and disseminate research findings using broadly-accessible channels such as infographics, social media, videos, spoken word, art installations and other formats.

Dissemination Deep Dive Discussion with Innovators
Friday, April 27 | 10:30 am-12:00 pm

What are the benefits of using infographics? What does the planning and implementation look like for creating a collaborative training and education module? Participants will have an opportunity to engage in deeper discussions around these types of questions in small groups with project leaders who have experiences in using community-oriented dissemination methods beyond posters, presentations and publications. These conversations can inform both community and academic partners how to disseminate with heightened mindfulness of the community, what the process may look like, and what the benefits can be to your project and research.

Lunch Keynote: TBA
Friday, April 27 | 12:00 pm-1 pm

Enjoy an inspirational talk over lunch that summarizes the core message of the day. This talk will help you strategically think about how to disseminate your results, creatively get the word out, and reach your target audiences.


*Complimentary parking will be available in the surface lot and the covered parking structure located off of the south entrance of the hotel. Note: for structure parking, please see event staff for validation card before leaving*


Internal event to take place during the Community Engagement Spring Conference:

Volunteer Opportunity

A special session providing MCW faculty, staff and students an opportunity to serve the community, in partnership with local foods banks and the United Way, by making sandwiches over a lunch hour to be distributed by local food banks in the Milwaukee area. More information & registration coming soon!

Why Attend?

The Medical College of Wisconsin's annual Community Engagement Week is tailored for MCW faculty, practitioners, staff, students as well as local community organizations. By attending the variety of activities and presentations offered by this conference, participants will:

  • Gain a better, overall, awareness of community engagement programs and research effort
  • Discuss community issues and lessons learned from engagement within different settings/populations 
  • Network, collaborate and explore current and potential opportunities for community engagement
  • Learn how community engagement can be integrated into all of MCW’s Missions and beyond
  • Expand the community engagement efforts and reach locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Recognize the recipients of the President’s Community Engagement Award and highlight their work within the community