MilwaukeeCares 2014 Grant Award Winners


The Medical Society of Milwaukee County (MSMC) is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2014 Milwaukee Cares Grant Awards Program.  Each grant applicant received a financial award to be used toward their winning program. The Milwaukee Cares Grant Awards Program focuses on exceptional projects that address MSMC’s priority areas and further MSMC’s mission to improve the overall health status of the community.  Congratulations to each of these individuals and to all of the 2014 Milwaukee Cares grant applicants! 

Top Winner

Bryan Johnston with team members Ahmad El-Arabi, Medical Student, MCW; Krista Tuomela, medical student, MCW; and Dr. David Nelson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, MCW.

Medical Student, Medical College of Wisconsin

Project Title:  Doctors as Teachers

Goal:  To implement and study a nutrition education intervention for socioeconomically underserved elementary students.

Research has shown that nutrition habits developed during childhood continue into adulthood.  Childhood nutrition education has been shown to be beneficial in improving children’s health, and elementary school has shown to be the key timing for health education interventions.  However, due to time and expertise constraints, many educational institutions do not have a dedicated nutrition education component to their elementary school curricula. Students and faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin have developed the Doctors As Teachers program, a series of 3 1-hour nutrition education sessions, centered on MyPlate, the official USDA nutrition guide.

MSMC Priority Area:  Health Literacy

Marlene Melzer-Lange, MD                   

Medical Director, Project Ujima - Medical Director Emergency Department Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Project Title:  Project Ujima:  Health-Promoting Expressions and Wellness for Child Well-being

Goal:  Project Ujima addresses youth and adult violence in Milwaukee using individual, family and community intervention and prevention strategies along with crisis intervention and case management services immediately following a traumatic episode.  Project Ujima also facilitates Camp Ujima, a day camp for at-risk youth victims of violence. Program delivery focuses on empowering youth to build/re-build their confidence and self-esteem, establishing support systems, and learning new social skills.

MSMC Priority Area:  Expressive Arts and Wellness

Madelaine Tully, MD

Family Practice Physician

Project Title:  PCHC Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

Goal:  Progressive Community Health Centers (PCHC) operates two federally qualified health centers in Milwaukee’s central city, serving more than 7,000 patients annually. Nearly 70% of PCHC’s primarily African American patient population lives below the federal poverty level. A sliding fee scale is available for uninsured patients who pay for services based on their income and household size. PCHC’s colorectal cancer screening program builds upon the evidence-based work of the Center for Disease Control’s Colorectal Cancer Demonstration Project. The program aims to increase colorectal cancer screening rates among low-income African Americans, in addition to incorporating navigation and appropriate follow-up via the Specialty Access for Uninsured Program.

MSMC Priority Area:  Specialty Access

Heather Chou

Medical Student, Medical College of Wisconsin

Project Title:  Hepatitis B Initiative in the Milwaukee Hmong Community

Goal:  To address the significant issue of hepatitis B in the Milwaukee Hmong community.  HBV disproportionately affects Hmong-Americans with up to 20% of the population chronically infected, compared to ~0.3% in the general U.S. population. Unfortunately, many Hmong remain unaware about HBV and their infection status. This gap in knowledge poses a serious risk to health in the Hmong community, where chronic HBV is the major cause of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Wisconsin has the third largest Hmong population in the U.S. of about 50,000, with over 10,245 Hmong residents in Milwaukee city alone.Hoping to address this need, the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) at the Medical College of Wisconsin initiated the Hepatitis B Project to promote screening and awareness regarding HBV in the Hmong community. Prior to this efforts, there had never been a hepatitis B screening effort in Milwaukee.

MSMC Priority Area:   Health Literacy

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