A Healthier Wisconsin

MCW Community Engagement Core Implementation Initiative

Establishing a centralized resource within MCW to advance community-engaged research

Full Project Name:MCW Community Engagement Core Implementation InitiativePrincipal Investigator:Syed Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, FAAFP, Family and Community MedicineCo-Investigator:Zeno Franco, PhD, Family and Community Medicine; David A. Nelson, PhD, Family and Community Medicine; Leslie Ruffalo, PhD, MS, Family and Community MedicineAward Amount:$2,399,420
Award Date
Project Duration:60 months

Project Description Narrative:

Community-engaged research is critical to addressing racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and environmental health disparities. To support MCW in advancing its work in community-engaged research, this project aims to establish a centralized, transformative academic resource to enhance MCW's expertise, knowledge, and practices.

Goals include: Strengthened MCW expertise in community-engaged research through educational opportunities and mentoring, support of promising ideas in community-engaged research through seed grants, increased success in extramural funding for community-engaged research through grant support and assistance, and increased community capacity for engaged research

Outcomes & Lessons Learned:

  • Established MCW Community Engagement Core to create an accessible, organized selection of experts and training services to address complex, multi-dimensional community health needs and centralize resources and knowledge in community-engaged research
  • Leveraged initial seed funding for the development of an interactive repository to enhance dissemination and collaboration for research and scholarship in CE called the Community Engagement Learning Repository (CELR)
  • Hosted annual conferences with the Office of Community Engagement, providing hundreds of attendees from various sectors with opportunities to deepen learning, foster connections, learn best practices, and recognize exemplary efforts
  • Launched Community Engaged Scholars Program, a year-long mentor award program aimed to build capacity for community-engaged research
  • Developed and launched the Community Engaged Scholars Mentoring Network, a year-long, cohort-based, individualized experience for faculty and researchers interested in building capacity in community engagement and community engaged research
  • Developed and hosted the Community Engaged Scholars Immersion Program, which offered nine researchers from the US and Canada an opportunity to learn from staff at community-based organizations in Milwaukee and staff at MCW about community engagement and social determinants of health
  • Launched Health Science Square (HSS) events, bringing together MCW and community-based organizations, including a series of Community Based Participatory Research Roundtables
  • Offered numerous community engagement education opportunities for medical and pharmacy students through Interprofessional Immersion Experiences
  • Helped to facilitate community-academic research partnerships through a Community Engaged Seed Grants program
  • Reported over 600 collaborations/touchpoints with academic and community partners through consultations, mentoring, grant writing, manuscript development, and involvement in various CE Core programs
  • Community Engagement Core faculty and staff reported 66 publications and gave 181 presentations at local, regional, national, and international outlets

AHW Logo

8701 W Watertown Plank Road,
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509
(414) 955-4350