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-based 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.


Kim Litwack, PhD, RN, FAAN, APNP
Dean and Director

Current and Recent Institute for Urban Health Partnership Projects

Project Period Title/Investigator Funding Agency Amount
2017-2020 UWM Institute for Urban Health Partnerships (IUHP) Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) Project. Zabler, B. PI until 8/19; Bell-Calvin, J.(current)
Development, implementation and evaluation of an innovative, nurse-led collaborative practice model of interprofessional integrated primary care and behavioral health that educates health providers for future practice. The practice model integrates care to improve access to care, care coordination and both behavioral and physical health outcomes for an urban, low-income, underserved, predominately Black population.
US Dept of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration( HRSA) $1,499,900
2017-present Using the IUHP – Automated Community Health Information System to Examine Changes in Health Outcomes and Predicting Health Risks among Women of Reproductive Age in Milwaukee’s African American Community Tsai, P. PI
Secondary analysis of 10 years of nursing informatics data from women, ages 13-40, receiving health care services in a Midwestern Nurse Managed Health Center to determine health outcomes and predict risks for women of childbearing age.
2016-present Secondary Analysis of OMAHA SYSTEM Community Nursing Center data on medication self-management behaviors in African Americans. Ellis, J. PI
Secondary analysis of nursing informatics documentation data.
2015 – 2018

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


2016-2017 Estimation and Comparison of the Market Value of Highly Subsidized Care at Two Nurse-Led Clinics (NLCs) Zabler, B. PI
2015 – 2017

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
2014 – 2016

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
2015 UWM IUHP Wellness Assessments of Newly Housed Veterans. Zabler, B. PI
Faye McBeath Foundation, Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative (MHVI) Veterans’ Wellness Assessment Project subaward $4,839
2014-2015 City of Wauwatosa Senior Commission Adding Life to Years Senior Assessment Update Zabler, B. PI City of Wauwatosa Health Department $19,999

Initiative for Healthy Families Nurse Consultant. A subaward from the United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee, Inc. (UNCOM)

Wisconsin Partnership Program Community-Academic Partnership Fund Implementation Grant Award

UNCOM Initiative for Healthy Families $15,766