Progressions in population and community health
Pediatric asthma study looks at use of inhalers
Aurora Health Care and the Center for Urban Population Health are participating in a new clinical trial to see if infants and toddlers who are at high risk for asthma can use inhaled steroids only when they are sick instead of every day. Children 1 to 4 ˝ years old who have had wheezing episodes in the past year will participate. The Childhood Asthma Research and Education Network is leading this study, which is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Liz Bade, M.D., is the local study investigator; Christine Sorkness, Ph.D., is the trial-wide principal investigator. Patients who would qualify or are interested in learning more should contact Ruth Perez, asthma research coordinator, 414-219-2273, email@example.com.
Report details health of Milwaukee
Using many different data sources, including community health surveys Aurora conducts in partnership with various communities, the Center for Urban Population Health and the City of Milwaukee Health Department recently compiled the Health of Milwaukee Report. The report, which looks at how income and educational status affect health in the city, is available at www.cuph.org. The center is a partnership involving Aurora, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Do school-based clinics improve kids' health?
The Milwaukee Health Department, in collaboration with the Center for Urban Population Health and Aurora Health Care, recently received notice of funding for a research project titled, "Evaluating the impact of quality improvement: Increasing adolescent immunization rates through school-based clinics." The project will evaluate whether the increased use of school-based clinics can result in real improvement in the health and well-being of Milwaukee's youth through higher immunization rates. It is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Center Director Ron A. Cisler, Ph.D.; Jessica Bergstrom, of the center and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and colleagues are participating in the study.
Center director receives research excellence award
Ron Cisler, Ph.D., director of the Center for Urban Population Health, has received the 2009 Excellence in Public Health Research Award from the Wisconsin Public Health Association. The award honors outstanding scientific investigations that are based on sound public health science and have contributed to, or have the potential to contribute to, a change in public health practice, policy, science or technology. Specific recognition was given for Dr. Cisler's collaborative work with the City of Milwaukee Health Department.