2009 In the Media

December 3, 2009

City of Milwaukee Health Officials Announce Drop in Teen Birth Rate

The City of Milwaukee is on track to reduce Milwaukee's teen birth rate among 15-17 year olds by 46% by 2015.  The Center for Urban Population Health assisted the City of Milwaukee Health Department in setting this goal based on historical data and statistical trending techniques.

December 1, 2009

World AIDS Day 2009

Each year World AIDS Day is observed on December 1st. The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. World AIDS Day provides governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations, and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic. Over one million Americans are estimated to be living with HIV. Worldwide an estimated 33 million people are living with HIV.  Learn more about the disease from the Centers for Disease Control. WITI FOX 6 covered the day locally on Tuesday. View the clip from the 9PM news.

October 25, 2009

South Milwaukee Health Department and Aurora Health Care Plan Community Health Survey

The South Milwaukee Health Department, Aurora Health Care, and the Center for Urban Population Health are working in partnership to conduct a community health survey beginning this month.

October 20, 2009

Poverty's High Cost to Health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded a recent report, The Poor Pay More:  Poverty’s High Cost to Health, which describes many social and economic factors influencing health.

October 2, 2009

Domestic violence killings put state on deadly pace: 30 people have died so far this year; 11 in county

The Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission is part of a workgroup formed to study the issue of domestic violence and develop prevention strategies.

October 1, 2009

Center for Urban Population Health and Aurora Health Care's Partnerships with ARCW highlighted

The AIDS Resource Center for Wisconsin's Fall 2009 Lifelines newsletter highlights ARCW's partnership with Aurora Health Care and the Center for Urban Population Health.

October 1, 2009

Group Prenatal Care for Pregnant Teens

October 1, 2009

Wisconsin featured in the September 2009 Pulse newsletter from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Wisconsin is featured in the September 2009 Pulse newsletter from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs.  The Center for Urban Population Health is involved in several of the initiatives that are highlighted.

September 22, 2009

Rep. Pasch Applauds Assembly Passage of Breastfeeding Legislation

Legislation will protect breastfeeing mothers from intimidation and harassment, facilitate improved health of infants and mothers.  Rep. Pasch cites data on the Center for Urban Population Health website's "September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month".

September 17, 2009

Breast cancer screening saves lives, lowers medical costs

Jessica Bergstrom, Associate Researcher and Manager, Design, Analysis, and Evaluation at the Center for Urban Population Health, is quoted in this Milwaukee BizTimes.com blog regarding her work on the Komen for the Cure® Breast Cancer Community Profile.

September 8, 2009

Group Prenatal Care for Vulnerable Pregnant Teens

A recent article in NursingMatters highlighted a program designed to improve birth outcomes for Milwaukee teen mothers and their infants. Milwaukee has one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation, as well as an unacceptably high infant mortality rate, especially for African American births. The Centering Pregnancy® Group Prenatal Care program uses an innovative approach to target these two problems. 

August 31, 2009

The Mix and Race for the Cure

Jessica Bergstrom, CUPH researcher, and Sally Sheperdson, Komen for the Cure, were interviewed by WMYX radio in Milwaukee about the Community Profile.

August 3, 2009

Breast Cancer in Southeastern Wisconsin

WUWMs Lake Effect spoke with Associate Researcher, Jessica Bergstrom, about the newly released Komen for the Cure® Breast Cancer Community Profile on August 3, 2009.  The Center for Urban Population Health was commissioned to create the report.

July 26, 2009

Milwaukee Health Report 2009 Demonstrates Dramatic Health Disparities

 A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reviewed some of the data provided in the Milwaukee Health Report (see above) and discussed the analysis with two of the Report's authors, Geoffrey Swain, MD, MPH, Medical Director for the Milwaukee Health Department, and Ron Cisler, PhD, Director of the Center for Urban Population Health. The Report demonstrated that there are serious disparities in health status and access to health care in Milwaukee and that these inequalities are connected with a person's socioeconomic status.

July 23, 2009

Breast Cancer Screenings More Commonly Put Off Amid Economic Distress

WISN 12 News highlighted the release of the Komen for the Cure® Breast Cancer Community Profile.  The Center for Urban Population Health was commissioned to create the report.

July 1, 2009

Take the Test, Take Control: HIV Testing and Awareness Event

On Saturday, June 27, 2009, the Center for Urban Population Health contributed to the Cream City Medical Society led 4th annual “Take the Test, Take Control” event in conjunction with the National HIV Testing Day as organized by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA). In response to the CDC’s recommendation to offer screening and information on HIV testing, this year’s event targeted high school youth through the collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Milwaukee and was held at the LaVarnway Boys and Girls Club. HIV and STI screening were provided free of charge by a number of local organizations.  The event included interactive educational workshops, entertainment and lunch. The event was attended by over 200 people with almost 70 youth screened for HIV, Chlamydia and gonorrhea.

May 13, 2009

Center Staff Honors

Jennifer Kroll.B.A., received 2nd place for Outstanding Poster Presentation at Aurora Scientific Day on May 28. Matthew Weiss, Information Technology Intern, was awarded a summer internship with Humboldt State University in Arcata, California through the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I).  Timothy Patrick, Ph.D., Center Scientist, received the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences 2009 Dean's Research Award. Trina Salm Ward, M.S.W., received a 3rd place Scientific Research Symposium award for her presentation, "The Effects of Socioeconomic Status and Race on Poor Birth Outcomes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin," at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences 2009 Research Symposium on May 1, 2009.  Julie Katrichis, B.S., a Research Assistant with the Center, was highlighted recently by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

April 30, 2009

Food and Water Contamination, Radio Interview on UWM Today

Robert Burlage, Associate Professor and Chair in the Health Sciences Department in the College of Health Sciences at UWM and Center Scientist and the Center for Urban Population Health, talks with Tom Luljak, host of UWM Today about Food and Water Contamination.

April 8, 2009

National Minority Health Month: Focus on Preconception Health

The HHS Office of Minority Health has chosen preconception health as the focus for Minority Health Month April 2009; the theme is Ordinary Couples Don't Plan Their Pregnancies: Be Extraordinary! Preconception health is a family affair. The April campaign launch will seek to continue to create awareness about the high rates of infant mortality in African American communities and the importance of preconception health, care and prevention. The campaign will continue until September for National Infant Mortality Awareness Month.

April 8, 2009

National Public Health Week April 6-12, 2009

We have the potential to greatly improve our population's health in the future. By recommitting ourselves to support our nation's public health system, we can build on the successes of the past and establish the solid foundation needed for a healthy nation. To this end, National Public Health Week (NPHW) 2009 will serve as the launch of the American Public Health Association's (APHA) new campaign - Building the Foundation for a Healthy America.

March 26, 2009

Celebrate Public Health Week - Statewide Simulcast & Discussion April 3

  Mark your calendars for Friday, April 3 from 5-7 pm for a free and unique learning and networking opportunity! FLOW looks at the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on health, politics, pollution, and human rights. The event will include a screening of a portion of the award-winning film "FLOW", followed by a discussion featuring live questions from participants at each site and answers from a panel of distinguished professionals and researchers representing public health and water concerns in our state.  Click here for more information and to reserve space at a location near you. Space will be limited.

March 16, 2009

OnMilwaukee.Com Underscores Milwaukee's High STD Rates

Local daily on-line magazine, OnMilwaukee.com, kicks off its weeklong investigation on sex with an article called: Unhealthy STD rates plague Milwaukee.Recent studies pegged Milwaukee as having one of the highest rates of specific STD incidences in the country. High rates of Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are alerting public health officials to a need for increased preventative education.The article references the National Association of County and City Health Officials' Big Cities Report, talks with Dr. Geof Swain, Center Scientist and Chief Medical Officer for the Milwaukee Health Department, and David Frazer, Manager of Community Based Initiatives & Communications for the Center. It also highlights the annual Cream City Medical Society's HIV Symposium, an outreach event to provide free, targeted HIV and STD screening and education to Milwaukee.

February 15, 2009

Infant Mortality Fight Gets $10 Million Boost in State

Dr. Ron Cisler, Director of the Center for Urban Population Health, was interviewed last week for an article by Guy Boulton in the February 16, 2009 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  The piece pointed out the shockingly high infant mortality rates in some of the city's African American neighborhoods - sometimes almost four times the state rate.  The Wisconsin Partnership Program has committed $10 million to lowering these high rates in Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and Beloit. The challenge, we are learning, is that the infant mortality rate is influenced not just by the care the mother receives during pregnancy, but by a range of social determinants such as poverty, discrimination, employment, environment, education, etc. that affect the mother throughout her life.

February 5, 2009

Adherence to Hypertension Drug Treatment

One of the major risk factors for heart disease in women is hypertension.  The American Heart Association reports that almost one third of adults in the US have hypertension.  Being hypertensive increases the chance of developing conditions such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney failure, among others.  The risk of developing these diseases is significantly reduced if hypertension is detected and treated.