The Local to Global Community Health Research Focal Area is an interdisciplinary team that focuses on research and practice that creates healthy communities at home and around the world, recognizing the interconnected nature of the health and well-being of people and the planet both locally and internationally.

The group meets monthly to develop collaborative manuscript submissions, publications, and research proposals and to provide feedback and support to colleagues working on Local to Global Health areas. The team also convenes an interdisciplinary student writing group.

Contact Laura Hermanns at for more information.

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What is Global Health?

Research Opportunities for Students

Contact Anne Dressel for information on currently funded projects in the Center for Global Health Equity.

Current Global Health Projects

  • Clean Air Interventions for Milwaukee Childcare Centers
  • Tracking our Truth: Intimate Partner Violence in Native American Communities
  • Toward an Anti-Racist Campus
  • Examining Food Access and Food Security during COVID-19

Research Focus – Local to Global

At the UWM College of Nursing, much of our research is focused on achieving health equity, from Milwaukee to Malawi.

Our researchers have extensive experience in qualitative research, population health assessments, and evaluation methods, and seek to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations. Results of this research have appeared in many different health journals over the years.

Our researchers have expertise in:

  • Structural-level interventions that address poverty, gender-based violence, and other structural factors that place individuals at elevated risk for HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Maternal, reproductive and child health
  • Gender-based violence and women’s empowerment
  • Women’s health in low-income communities in Milwaukee and in the South East Africa region
  • Examining and addressing social, economical, and political determinants of health on a global level, with a major focus on East Africa, Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia
  • Social determinants of health among vulnerable populations
    • Food Security
    • Housing
    • Environmental health
  • Cultural competency/cultural humility education
  • Theory development for provision of care in low-income countries
  • Transcultural care
  • Rural and urban comparative research
  • Health of Latinx and Caribbean populations
  • International nursing
  • Participation of minorities and women in research
  • Peacebuilding and community health

Research Affiliations and Resources

Community Partners

  • Westlawn Partnership for Healthier Environment
  • Silver Spring and House of Peace Community Health and Wellness Centers
  • Kamuzu College of Nursing, University of Malawi (Malawi)
  • School of Nursing Sciences, University of Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Boromarajonani College of Nursing (Thailand)
  • Jiao Tong University (China)
  • Universidad de las Américas (Ecuador)
  • Fundaciòn Salud, Ambiente y Desarrollo (FUNSAD, Ecuador)

Other Resources