The College of Nursing Institute for Urban Health Partnerships (IUHP) is one of few programs nationally that match expertise of faculty with the community to develop more effective healthcare solutions. The mission of the Institute for Urban Health Partnerships (IUHP) is to reduce health disparities and promote health for all through partnerships with community-bases organizations and integration of education, research, practice and policy activities in Wisconsin and beyond.
Through integrating education, research, and service the IUHP provides:

  • Nurse run community-nursing centers with an emphasis of service to the uninsured and under-insured;
  • Faculty expertise and collaborations with community social service and health agencies;
  • Community-setting clinical experiences for students in urban populations;
  • Practice-based research with goals to reduce health risks of those most susceptible to health disparities.

The Institute for Urban Health Partnerships provides organizational support for the nursing centers: House of Peace Community Nursing Center and Silver Spring Community Nursing Center.


Jennifer Weinzierl
Senior Research Specialist

Current and Recent Institute for Urban Health Partnership Projects

Project Period Title/Investigator Funding Agency Amount
2015 – present

Teaching Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s America. Zabler, B. PI.

Innovates an interprofessional collaborative partnership between an urban Nurse Managed Health Center and a Primary Care Medical Family Health Center, and a community-based organization that resettles immigrants and refugees to expand health services for local immigrants and refugees while developing a model of interprofessional education.

HRSA #UD7HP28542 $1,337,115
2015 – present

Opportunities for Caring (OFC) Project. Zabler, B. PI.

Aims to increase access to primary care including case management and behavioral health services for residents living in the targeted low-income zip codes where the UWM CNCs serve Milwaukee residents.

Aurora Health Care Better Together – Greater Milwaukee Foundation $85,453.00
2015 – 2016 Biking for Health/ Dressel, A. Medical College of Wisconsin $7,319
2014 – present

Promoting Self-Management in Low-income African Americans with Hypertension. Zabler, B., PI.

Examines the impact of Ecological Nurse Case Management, an intervention developed in the UWM Institute for Urban Health Partnerships (IUHP) Community Nursing Centers (CNCs), on self-management behaviors, health status, and self-efficacy of poor, chronically ill, African American adults living with hypertension.

A Core Pilot Project of the Self-Management Science Center at UWM, Schiffman, R.F.  National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health, a pilot project of P20 NR015339-01 $74,531
2011 – present

Evaluating Client Satisfaction within Community Nursing Centers.Zabler, B. & Holt, J.M., Co-Is.

An annual Nurse-Managed Health Center client satisfaction survey is conducted at the UWM IUHP CNCs for quality improvement.