Advancing Community-Engaged Research
Mar. 1, 2018
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) was recognized as a finalist in the “Community Engagement and Community Service” category for the esteemed Spencer Foreman Award, one of the most prestigious awards given by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). Each year, two finalists are recognized along with the recipient. Notably, MCW is the only medical school to have been recognized more than once as one of the top three institutions. MCW was the recipient of the inaugural Spencer Foreman Award in 2006.
Dr. Syed Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, is the lead for the Milwaukee Prevention of Opioid Misuse through Peer Training (PROMPT) Clinical Scholars team. Dr. Ahmed and his teammates in the program are using a community-engaged research framework to help prevent opioid-related deaths. The framework emphasizes community stakeholder involvement in all phases of the research, including project/concept development, data collection, and interpretation and dissemination of the results.
“Our Clinical Scholars team is eager to apply community-engaged research methodologies to address the wicked problem of opioid misuse, and it’s an honor to be recognized nationally by AAMC for community engagement,” says Ahmed. “It is my hope that through increased awareness of community-engaged research, more medical students and clinicians will be inspired to learn about community-engaged research and apply this approach in their research.”
Drug overdose is recognized as a leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In Milwaukee County, drug overdose deaths related to opioids increased from 144 deaths in 2012 to 231 deaths in 2015.
Learn more about Dr. Syed Ahmed and the other members of his team by visiting their project page.
Presenting the Power of Collaboration
Jan. 17, 2018
A panel featuring Anjali Taneja of Clinical Scholars and participants from three of RWJF’s other leadership development programs took center stage at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, the nation’s largest gathering of people working to advance public health, in Atlanta on Nov. 6.
The panel, moderated by RWJF’s John Lumpkin, senior vice president/program, highlighted the need and opportunity for public health to work with people from many other sectors to improve community conditions for health. Panelists also spoke—with great conviction—about the unique nature of the leadership programs to help them collaborate with people from other sectors, linking fields from transportation to labor relations to health.
Anjali Taneja’s cross-disciplinary Clinical Scholars team includes a physician, a social worker, a nurse practitioner, and a doctor of oriental medicine collaborating to deliver holistic treatment to its patients, including those recovering from substance addiction. “I’ve done numerous leadership trainings in the past,” says Anjali, executive director of Casa de Salud. “This one is different. It supports collaborative, team-based care—delivered in an innovative way—and it allows us to rapidly iterate like a startup.”
Lumpkin concluded the panel by asking each speaker to share who had most influenced them during their time in their respective programs. The answer was unanimous: the other people in the programs, who inspired them with creative solutions to pressing problems, exposed them to new ways of thinking, and opened access to research and new approaches they hadn’t had access to before.
For more information about all the programs, including a tool to help determine which program might be right for you or someone you know, please visit the RWJF Program Finder.
Inclusive Oral Care
Dec. 11, 2017
For Jeffrey Karp, a Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, the lack of adequate dental care for those living with disabilities is unsurprising. Undergoing dental procedures can be challenging for those with disabilities, often requiring specialized care and general anesthesia to make the experience more comfortable. Karp helps run one of the only clinics in the region that provides care for those with disabilities, which means patients in need of these special services routinely have to travel hundreds of miles for dental care.
Listen to Jeffrey Karp discuss the financial and medical challenges he’s overcoming to care for people with disabilities on this recent segment of NPR’s Morning Edition.
As part of the Clinical Scholars program, Karp is working to identify and build a network of hospitals and clinics that are committed to providing specialized care and anesthesia for those with disabilities, despite the associated costs. Oral health care is one of the most common unmet special health care needs for children with disabilities. By connecting providers and clinics with patients who have disabilities, Karp and his teammates Mark DeRuiter, Ph.D., CCC-A, CCC-SLP, and Peter Scal MD, MPH, hope to increase access and provide more children with culturally sensitive dental care.
You can learn more about Karp’s work on his team’s project page at the Clinical Scholars website.
Improving Transgender Health
Oct. 1, 2017
“Like many doctors, I had absolutely no training in transgender health,” says Fellow Dr. Carolyn Wolf-Gould Oneonta. Now her practice provides care for more than 500 transgender patients in upstate New York. Listen to a recent interview from WCYN’s “The Capitol Pressroom” to hear how she transformed her clinic into an inclusive space for transgender patients.
As part of Clinical Scholars, Dr. Wolf-Gould Oneonta and her teammates, Diane Georgeson, MD, Christopher Wolf-Gould, MD, and Justine Woolner Wise, LMSW, are addressing transgender health in the medical field by reducing barriers to care, such as provider ignorance and lack of insurance. You can follow the team’s work on their project page at the Clinical Scholars website.