2008 In the Media

November 18, 2008

Troubling Disparities in Infant Mortality Rates

Trina Salm Ward, the Center's Research Program Manager, and Karen Timberlake, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, discuss the disturbing disparities in birth outcomes for African American and white babies. 

October 16, 2008

United Way of Greater Milwaukee Named Community of the Month

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has named the United Way of Greater Milwaukee its Community of the Month for October in recognition of their leadership in the Milwaukee campaign to reduce teen pregnancies.  The Center is assisting this effort by providing data analysis and serving on the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Oversight Committe, which is directing the program. Click on the Projects link on the left to learn more about the Center's contributions.

October 7, 2008

Fighting and Treating Substance Abuse

Wisconsin has an unflattering reputation for binge drinking. And every few weeks it seems someone dies because of a car accident caused by excessive drinking or drug use. Even so, some people who study substance abuse say those who have a problem don't recognize it until it's pointed out to them. That concept is behind an innovative program that aims to nip the problem in the bud -- at the doctor's office. Listen to a recent WUWM radio spot on this innovative implementation of a federal model of screening in the clinic setting in a colloboration among UW School of Medicine and Publich Health and Aurora Health Care.

October 7, 2008

Milwaukee's Infant Mortality Rate Rivals That Of Third World Country

Milwaukee's WISN discusses efforts to lower the infant mortality rate among newborns in the city.  The infant mortality rate among African-Americans in the city is one of the highest in the nation.  The story also mentions the Milwaukee Health Department's initiative to lower the infant mortality rate and the Milwaukee FIMR project.

September 24, 2008

WPR Series: Infant Mortality

Wisconsin Public Radio profiled infant mortality among African-American newborns in a week-long series.  The series included several interviews with Center partners.

June 14, 2008

Reducing Infant Mortality in Racine

Listen to an interview (MP3) with members of the Racine Infant Mortality Coalition,including Teresa Johnson, PhD, RN.  Dr. Johnson is working with the Coalition to reduce the unacceptably high infant mortality rate among African Americans in Racine under a grant from the Center Scientist Development Program.

June 13, 2008

WHA Board Approves Adding New Perinatal Measures to CheckPoint

The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) announced recently that the board approved the addition of seven specific perinatal measures to the public reporting quality program, CheckPoint. The program will use data collected in PeriData.Net® to report on the perinatal measures.

June 7, 2008

Regents Approve Milwaukee School of Public Health

"We need researchers who live and breathe the Milwaukee area. If we improve Milwaukee's health, we're going to improve the state's health," said Ron Cisler, in reaction to the approval by the University of Wisconsin Regents of a School of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Cisler, Director of the Center for Urban Population Health, believes a School of Public Health in the heart of Milwaukee will produce important research that will reduce the serious health disparities that plague Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

June 1, 2008

Center Could Be Model for New School of Public Health

An editorial in the June 1, 2008 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel lauded the Center for Urban Population Health as an example of the type of collaborative initiative that would make the proposed University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee School of Public Health a strong force for improving the health of Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

May 23, 2008

The Business of Cancer Research (PDF)

The Milwaukee Regional Cancer Care Network was featured in a recent Milwaukee Business Journal article about innovations in cancer research.

May 19, 2008

More than a matter of aging

A gap in understanding Alzheimer's disease is a growing problem and can lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment, which can lead to unnecessary setbacks for caregivers and individuals with the disease. The Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison along with many Milwaukee area organizations focusing on programming for the aging community are hosting a free forum called Essential Senior Services and Programs: What ever person needs to know to empower, serve and protect their aging needs. The forum will be held on Saturday, May 17th at 9:30 AM at the Clinton and Bernice Rose Senior Center, Milwaukee, WI. The Wisconsin Alzheimer's Association will be providing a workshop to address some of the misconceptions surrounding Alzheimer's disease. Click here to learn more about the event.

March 27, 2008

Young and in need

A study released this month by the Milwaukee Center for Independence, reported that nearly 25% of children in Milwaukee County have special health care needs, and the number of children in southeast Wisconsin who develop such lifetime disabilities increased 3.3% between 2000-'01 and 2003-'04.  This report included 2004 data compiled by the Center for Urban Population Health in partnership with the Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) on children in the City of Milwaukee.  This survey found an increased prevalence of special health care needs among poor and African American children.  Recommendations from this study included improving and augmenting services for these children in the City.  The CUPH and MHD are designing a new study to update this data and track changes.