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Funding News: AHW Partners to Award $3 Million to Address Health Disparities

Monday, July 19, Posted by AHW Endowment

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The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) are partnering on an initiative to improve health equity in Wisconsin. MCW’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) and the SMPH’s Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP), statewide health funders based at Wisconsin’s two medical schools, have announced a joint three-year, $3 million grant to launch an expansive new statewide partnership that will study, measure and recommend solutions for health inequities across the state of Wisconsin.
 

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Making Discovery Possible: Launching the MCW Tissue Bank

June 30, 2021, Posted by AHW Endowment
 

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When biomedical research makes news, headlines often tout the findings: the exciting discovery of a new treatment, way to detect a disease, or new health guidance we’re advised to follow. What the headlines don’t show is that behind each “new” discovery is years, if not decades, of investigation, and an infrastructure within medical and research institutions that makes it all possible.

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  • Basic, Clinical, & Translational Research
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Funding News: AHW Awards $6.5 Million to Improve Health & Advance Health Equity in Wisconsin

June 29, 2021, Posted by AHW Endowment
 

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The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW), a statewide philanthropy based at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), has announced the award of $6.5 million to 17 projects aimed at improving health and advancing health equity across Wisconsin.

“At the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, we are working to create a healthier state today, and for generations to come” said Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, director of the AHW and senior associate dean at the Medical College of Wisconsin. “We are pleased to be supporting a set of community initiatives and research projects that show great promise to improve health in Wisconsin.”

The 17 funded projects include efforts led by community agencies and MCW researchers focused on underserved, marginalized, and stigmatized populations alongside projects that aim to address new emerging and long-standing health issues across the state. Examples of the issues that projects are addressing include suicide, intimate partner violence, substance abuse, access to mental health care, and addressing the critical need to grow health care and community health workforce.

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Closing the Gap: Improving Access to Care in Rural Wisconsin by Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Practitioners

May 27, 2021, Posted by AHW Endowment
 

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In Wisconsin, there’s a shortage of primary care physicians. While the number of physicians in the state has increased 13% over the last decade, the number of primary care doctors has only increased 7%. 

It’s a shortage that is hitting rural Wisconsin hard. With specialties that include family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics, primary care practitioners are often a patient’s first contact for diagnosing a health issue. In rural communities, they are relied on to treat a wider variety of health issues since specialists are often located in more densely populated areas. 

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  • Education & Workforce Development
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AHW Announces Dr. Ugwuji N. Maduekwe as Deputy Director

May 20, 2021, Posted by AHW Endowment

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The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) is pleased to announce that Ugwuji N. Maduekwe, MD, MMSc, MPH, has been named deputy director of the statewide health philanthropy. Dr. Maduekwe will begin her work with AHW on August 15, 2021.

At AHW, Dr. Maduekwe will support AHW’s ongoing efforts to address health disparities across Wisconsin, including in AHW’s current focus areas of heart health, mental and behavioral health, and cancer. In addition to her role at AHW, Dr. Maduekwe will continue her clinical care for patients as the Director of Regional Therapies for the Department of Surgery at MCW (Division of Surgical Oncology).

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