The overarching goal of CCHE is to forge lasting partnerships between communities and the University of Wisconsin to advance health equity. CCHE sees itself as a resource to create and sustain these partnerships. We have worked in tribal, refugee, and diverse racial and ethnic minority communities, from urban Milwaukee to rural communities in northern Wisconsin.
Our aim is to ensure that community needs are understood and addressed while UW resources, including technical knowledge and innovations to address health inequities, are shared and being put to work in communities across the state. Our community-academic partnerships have resulted in collaborative teaching, student service learning opportunities, research to address a specific community need, and programs to advance the health of underserved communities.
In CCHE, community-engaged projects…
- are initiated in partnership with a community;
- ensure the community has a voice in the design of the project, its implementation in the community, and the dissemination of the project results;
- value and engage the knowledge, experiences, strengths and resources within a community;
- rely upon partnerships that balance power, responsibilities, and share resources among all partners;
- prioritize that all partners gain valuable and transferable benefits (e.g. knowledge, new skill sets, resources/technologies that can be used in the community, economic development/jobs, etc.)
- are designed to take action and improve health and wellness in your community
Aaron Perry, Founder of the Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association (RLWA) and Tyson Jackson, UW-CCHE, were honored to have special guest and former professional and UW-Madison Badger Basketball Player Rashard Griffith on hand with supporters like Dr. Ozioma Okonkwo, African American professional leaders and students for their Badger Tailgate Party on August 30th, 2019. This event symbolized the launch of the true partnership between RLWA and UW-Madison’s All of Us Research Program and their collaborative work to include those who have been traditionally underrepresented in healthcare and research. Learn more about the partnership between All of Us and the RLWA.
The UW Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHP) was established within CCHE in December 2012 by Founding Director Erik Brodt, MD, to grow the number of Native American health professionals. The Center is now led by Danielle Yancey and is housed under SMPH Academic Affairs. The NACHP vision is to improve the health and wellness of American Indian people.
See the Opioid Abuse and Viral Infections highlight for a tangible example of our ongoing research partnership building with NACHP.