Lisa Berger Takes Leadership Role at the Center for Urban Population Health
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and Aurora Health Care, Inc., are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lisa Berger to the position of Director of the Center for Urban Population Heath.
The Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) is an alliance joining the resources and expertise of two universities and a large healthcare system. The Center seeks to improve the health of patient populations and reduce inequities among urban communities through research, evaluation, and education.
Dr. Berger has been involved in population health and population health-related research and education for almost two decades, as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a research focus on substance misuse. Dr. Berger spent her early career at the Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research, later named the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Research, where she was involved in several clinical trials for behavioral health conducted at Aurora Sinai Medical Center. In 2011, she became and remains an Affiliate with CUPH. Presently, she has several grants, including a federal training grant in which the public health model of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for substance misuse is being disseminated through training and engaged community partnerships.
Dr. Berger joined the faculty of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in August 2005. Her primary teaching responsibility is social work practice at the graduate level. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a masters of social work and a doctorate in urban studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Berger says, “As a longtime Center Scientist, I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with others to grow the work of CUPH while having a positive and meaningful impact in Milwaukee and other urban communities."