The Center for Urban Population Health (the Center) was established in April 2001 to improve individual and population health through health services research, evaluation, professional education, and health promotion programming. The Center was established through a pioneering partnership between the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) (then called the University of Wisconsin Medical School), Aurora Health Care, Inc. (AHC) and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM).
The idea for a Center for Urban Population Health grew out of a meeting with then Aurora Health Care, Inc. President, Ed Howe, Nancy L. Zimpher, former Chancellor for the UW–Milwaukee Campus, and Phil Farrell, former Dean for the University of Wisconsin Medical School.
At its heart, the Center is committed to population health and connections to communities in Wisconsin’s urban areas. To make a difference in people’s lives, scientific knowledge about population health must be interwoven with community partnerships. Therefore, the Center has charted a course to engage in meaningful collaborations with multiple stakeholders in order to advance research and evaluation aimed at improving the public’s health.
With the ability to access a remarkable amount of community-based health data, link multiple organizations and disciplines, and offer expertise that spans the continuum from health services to community partnerships, the Center is a collaboration that is working to transform public health capacity in Wisconsin.
The Center’s distinctive expertise and influence lie in its
- objectivity among multiple stakeholders and organizations,
- interdisciplinary nature,
- ability to address broad population health concerns,
- research and information technology infrastructure, and
- community connectivity.
With the foundational infrastructure provided by its three institutional partners, the Center continues to envision a significant role in facilitating inter-institutional collaboration, expanding translational research initiatives through participation in UW’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, attracting faculty for the new UWM School of Public Health, preparing future public health professionals, and developing new population health research methodologies and models in clinical and community settings.
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