Our Theme

Advancing individual, family, and community health through community-engaged science.

Our Focus

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing’s Community-Engaged Health (CEHR) Researchers have extensive experience in community based participatory research methodologies; population health assessments and evaluation methods; and nursing informatics, and seek to improve health outcomes for vulnerable and/or low-income populations.These efforts entail multiple community partnerships and have garnered millions of dollars in research support.
Our work has and continues to advance health science, policy, practice, and outcomes. Exemplars of our work are available in the areas of Health Pregnancy, Birth and Infant Outcomes; Racine Are Healthy Pregnancy Birth, and Infant Outcomes; Chronic Disease Prevention and Management; and Environmental Health.

Healthy Pregnancy, Birth, and Infant Outcomes (Zabler)
Racine Area Healthy Pregnancy Birth, and Infant Outcomes (Johnson)
Chronic Disease Prevention and Management (Holt)
Chronic Disease Prevention and Management (Ellis)
Environmental Health (Dressel)

Community-Engaged Health Researchers have national influence and lead in key areas of Community-Engaged research. Scientists are involved in grant proposal development, as well as the dissemination of findings via manuscripts, conference presentations and social media, with a focus on:

  • Community capacity for health
  • Access and engagement along the continuum of health care to improve health outcomes
  • Prevention, detection, and management of chronic disease
  • Healthy pregnancy, birth, and infant outcomes

Our Future Directions

The UWM CON CEHR group first met in October, 2013 and continues to develop its practices and explore group members’ programs. The Focal Area will continue to identify members who have the qualifications and capacity for R01 or R01 equivalent submission.

Nursing convocation in the Wisconsin Room

The CEHR Scientific Focal Area’s goal is to submit 1-3 proposals/year from a variety of funding sources. Possible funding sources include: PCORI, HWPP, HRSA, Foundations, Komen, American Cancer Society, Wisconsin Department of Health, Medical College of Wisconsin, RWJF, NIH, CDC, HWPP, and APHA.

The CEHR Scientific Focal Area goal for manuscripts submitted and/or published per year is one per member.

Discussion of possible collaborations will continue at the monthly meetings. There is an open invitation for presentations and discussions of members’ current and recent research studies with discussion of potential linkages to others’ research, future collaborations, or recommendations for next work.

College of Nursing’s Community-Engaged Health Research Scientists

Jean Bell-Calvin, Anne Dressel, Julie Ellis, Jeana Holt, Teresa Johnson, Hyun Kyoung Oh, Vipavee Thongpriwan, Pei-Yun Tsai, Sandra Millon-Underwood, Lenore Wilkas, and Bev Zabler