in the media
Green-Harris on WWRS-TV
July, 2016 | Trinity Broadcasting Service
Gina Green-Harris, Director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, talked with Trinity Broadcasting Network about Alzheimer’s Disease and minorities, highlighting the positive impact her team is having in the region.
Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective offers support for pregnant women, mothers
Sept 27, 2016 | Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
In the wee hours of the morning on July 1, 2015, Valencia Laws decided it was time to take a walk around Wilson Park. Her water had broken the night before and after eight hours of contractions she set off, accompanied by her husband and her doula, DeAnna Tharpe.
“There were people walking their dogs and I would have a contraction and have to stop,” she said. “They would be looking at me like ‘I don’t know if she’s supposed to be here.’”
But with Tharpe by her side, Laws knew she was exactly where she needed to be.
A doula provides emotional and physical support during pregnancy and birth, said Tharpe, CEO of the Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective. “We are not medically trained but we do have CPR and NRP (neonatal resuscitation program] training. We are patient consultants and use oils and herbs for different conditions based on what the client wants.”
Formed in 2014, the Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective offers “accessible and culturally sensitive support for pregnancy, birth and reproductive health experiences,” according to its website.
Bridging a knowledge gap in the study of population health
Sept 26, 2016 | UWM College of Health Sciences
The Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) is entering its fifteenth year of operation at UWM. The Center was formerly directed by Professor of Health Informatics and Administration, Ron A. Cisler, PhD, who now serves as Dean for the College of Health Sciences. CUPH is now headed by Interim Director, David Frazer, MPH.
In this time of transition and new leadership for CUPH, recent UWM alum, Monique Liston, MPA, has taken it upon herself to examine the current state of CUPH’s progress toward accomplishing its vision, and to develop indicators that demonstrate the impact of CUPH in population health in urban communities.
Researchers seek solutions to the world's most difficult problems
Sept 1, 2016 | UWM Report
When Scott Graham talks about a “wicked problem,” he isn’t expressing exasperation. It’s merely a recognition that the solution requires collaboration between professionals who don’t ordinarily work together on the same problem.
In a recent paper, Graham and his colleagues describe their use of “systems ethnography and qualitative modeling” (SEQM) to approach the problem of people suffering from both cancer and obesity. The causes and treatments of each condition are difficult enough, but when they are combined, the problem becomes exponentially harder – or, wicked.
Program Hopes to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings for Minorities in Milwaukee
Jun 29, 2016 | Wisconsin Public Radio
Amy Conlon, Program Director for the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program joined Wisconsin's Public Radio Central Time on Wednesday June 29th to discuss a local Milwaukee program funded through the CDC to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates in Milwaukee. Wisconsin's Collaborative Approach to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening is a CDC funded iniatiative to increase colorectal cancer screening rates to help achieve the national screening goal of 80% screening rate by 2018. Recently, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) updated their recommendations for colorectal cancer screening, highlighting even more screening options and emphasizing the importance of ensuring patients are screened for the disease. Listen here to hear Amy Conlon discuss these new changes and the local effort aimed at increasing colorectal cancer screening rates in Metro-Milwaukee.
New Research Staff and Partnerships to Join CUPH
Jun 29, 2016
We are excited to welcome four researchers from UW-Milwaukee to our staff this summer. Jessica Bizub, Josh Lang, Sarah Luongo, and Karen Palmersheim are transferring to CUPH this summer from the UW-Milwaukee Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR). We are excited to add their research and technical assistance expertise to our team and expand our partnerships to include their projects. Project partners include the WI Department of Health Services’ Coverdell Stroke Prevention Program and Tobacco Prevention and Control Program as well as local public school districts.
To Reduce Infant Mortality, reduce poverty and discrimination
Jun 18, 2016 | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Reducing the infant mortality rate for African-American babies in Milwaukee requires reducing the stresses of poverty and discrimination that place an undue burden on African-American women. It requires reducing rates of unemployment, crime, incarceration, poor housing and evictions. It requires providing a better education for girls and boys. It requires providing better health care and nutrition.
And yes, it requires pregnant women to improve their chances for healthy babies by stopping smoking and making sure they get to clinics and doctors for prenatal care. It also means supporting those women — and their families — in those efforts.
This is not pie-in-the-sky stuff. No, we can't eliminate poverty or the abysmally wide gap between blacks and whites in Milwaukee overnight. But there are things — such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, increasing the minimum wage and transitional jobs programs — that can mitigate the racial disparity that makes Milwaukee one of the worst cities in the nation for African-Americans.
How CDC Funding Increases Affect Programs
Jan 27, 2016 | Fight Colorectal Cancer
Fight Colorectal Cancer advocates ask for increases in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) each year. Guest blogger Allison Antoine explains how advocating for these increases affects programs in real life.
Allison Antoine is the Collaborative Screening Initiative Coordinator working on the CDC-funded program: Wisconsin’s Collaborative Approach to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening. She is working on this project through the Center for Urban Population Health and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
CONNECTING THE ADVOCACY DOTSFor many of us, it’s hard to connect the dots between the time and effort we put into advocacy and how it trickles down to impact our everyday lives. Many of us have written emails or letters, called and spoken with our elected representatives, or participated in advocacy events to let them know what is important to us as constituents. Funding for cancer research, screening and prevention programs are directly connected to the advocacy work that we all do in our normal lives but at times, it is hard to make the connection.