University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Spotlight: Workforce Development & Higher Education

Angela Byars-Winston, associate professor of medicine in the School of Medicine and Public Health, is pictured in her office at the Center for Women's Health Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)
Angela Byars-Winston

Goal: To examine the cultural influences on career development, especially for racial and ethnic minorities and women in the sciences, engineering, and medicine.

ICTR Support: Her KL2 Scholar Award provided protected time, mentoring, and introductions to UW collaborators in mentoring research.

Outcome: As a local & national leader related to the field of mentor & mentee training and its potential to influence the commitment of women and underrepresented ethnic minorities to careers in STEM, she was named a White House Champion of Change in 2011. More recently, she was appointed to the Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Currently a UW Department of Medicine associate professor & co-investigator in the UW-Madison Mentor Training core of the National Research Mentoring Network.

Byars-Winston, A, et al. New Measures Assessing Predictors of Academic Persistence for Historically Underrepresented Racial/Ethnic Undergraduates in Science. CBE-Life Sciences Education. 2016. 16(3).

Dept of Medicine News: National Workshop Focuses on Effective Mentoring Strategies in STEMM Fields

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Spotlight: Research Dissemination to the Community

Heather Johnson, MD, standing in an exam room
Heather Johnson

Goal: Young adults with hypertension are less likely to be diagnosed or treated compared to other age groups. Johnson’s MyHEART (My Hypertension Education And Reaching Target) intervention helps young adults live healthier lives, lower their blood pressure, and prevent heart disease.

ICTR Support: In adddition to receiving a Dissemination Supplement Award and D&I consultations, she collaborated with the CARDS® group from the Wisconsin Network for Research Support and the Health Innovation program, both affiliates of the  Community Academic Partnerships core.

Outcome: A new MyHEART (My Hypertension Education And Reaching Target) website for young adults with hypertension was developed and launched in early 2017. In addition, Johnson is disseminating an online toolkit for use by healthcare providers, community outreach workers/volunteers, and health organizations. The toolkit explains the MyHeart website and provides customizable brochures and social media communication drafts.

Johnson HM, et al. MyHEART: A Non Randomized Feasibility Study of a Young Adult Hypertension Intervention. J Hypertens Manag. 2016;2(2). pii: 016.

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