Health Equity

A new study shows that Wisconsin’s only multidisciplinary clinic for lupus patients with suspected kidney disease cut the time to diagnosis by 40% and improved other measures of health care quality for those patients. UW Health opened Wisconsin’s first multidisciplinary lupus clinic in early 2018. Along with her nephrology colleagues...
Each year, the Sheehy Family Fund supports resident projects that give back to the community and uphold medicine’s core calling of service to humanity. Philanthropic supporters of the fund include Ann Sheehy, MD, MS, associate professor, Hospital Medicine, and her parents, Gregory Sheehy, MD, and Barbara Sheehy. Dr. Gregory Sheehy...
A recent study led by Meghan Brennan, MD, MS, assistant professor, Infectious Disease, found that rural patients who identify as Black are at increased risk of death or leg amputation due to diabetic foot ulcers. The study was published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network. Researchers...
Equity and inclusion in academic medicine is a highly sought-after change and big task for any department. One way organizations initiate this change is through educational interventions, like training and workshops for faculty. However, these interventions are only effective if faculty attend. That is why Molly Carnes, MD, MS, professor...
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...