Health Equity

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has been selected by the American Medical Association Foundation as the inaugural institution for the National LGBTQ+ Fellowship Program aimed at transforming the health equity landscape for the LGBTQ+ community. A total of $750,000 in funding from the foundation over...
Researchers at the Department of Medicine and UW Carbone Cancer Center are working to understand why some primary care clinics in rural locations have successfully attained high rates of colorectal cancer screenings, insight they hope will help raise the rates of colorectal cancer screenings across all rural clinics. This research...
A new center at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, led by Amy Kind, MD, PhD, associate professor, Geriatrics and Gerontology, seeks to examine how a person’s environment and social conditions impact their health down to the molecular level. The new research effort, called the UW Center for...
In a new article published in Neurology, Department of Medicine researchers found a correlation between living in disadvantaged neighborhoods and changes in brain structure and function that are characteristic of Alzheimer’s diseases and related dementias. Researchers used the Area Deprivation Index, developed by Amy Kind, MD, PhD, associate professor, Geriatrics...
Steven Barczi, MD, professor, Geriatrics and Gerontology, received $700,000 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding allocated from Congress to the Veterans Health Administration for the project, “Virtual Geriatrics and Technology Expansion in COVID.” This project, which includes seven VA sites across the country, including Madison, Wisconsin...
Adam Gepner, MD, clinical adjunct assistant professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, was vice-chair and a co-author on the American Heart Association’s scientific statement, “Harnessing Mobile Health Technology for Secondary Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Older Adults: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association.” This statement highlights the role mobile health (mHealth), has...
Alexis Eastman, MD, clinical assistant professor, Geriatrics and Gerontology, is a co-author of a Gerontological Society of America white paper that highlights the variety of challenges that persons with dementia-related psychosis and their caregivers have encountered during moves through different health care settings, and proposes strategies to address these challenges...
As a third-year medical student, Maria Schletzbaum, an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, cared for a young woman with lupus who was around her own age. Through two hospitalizations, Schletzbaum connected with this young woman, learned about her life, and how lupus...
People living in disadvantaged neighborhoods are more likely to experience repeat observation stays at hospitals, which may lead to costly medical bills without a means to pay them, according to a recent study from UW-Madison researchers. This research, which included lead author Ann Sheehy, MD, MS, associate professor, Hospital Medicine...
Recognizing that where people live affects their health, Jennifer Weiss, MD, MS, associate professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and partners at the University of Wisconsin Health Innovation Program (HIP) have developed a more nuanced way to identify health disparities in Wisconsin’s rural and urban areas. Their work is reflected in “WCHQ...