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Фβͼ Office of Community Engagement

The Office of Community Engagement at the Фβͼ (MCW) is dedicated to leadership and excellence through community engagement and partnering with public and private organizations to enhance learning, research, patient care and the health of the community. Our office provides an overview of definitions, focus and strategy for Фβͼto further community engagement as one of its four missions.

Office of Community Engagement Quick Links

  • Community Engagement Conference

    Annual conference putting focus on community-relevant topics while bringing together academic and community partners

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  • Community Engagement Resources

    Explore community engagement educational materials, models, definitions and online resources

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  • Community Engagement Poster Session

    Annual poster session featuring community engagement work by Фβͼstudents, staff, faculty, and academic and community collaborators

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  • President's Community Engagement Award

    Recognizes the exemplary community-academic partnership, community-engaged research or community outreach activities of faculty, staff, students and/or community partners of MCW

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Community Engagement Recognition

As a leader in community engagement, the Фβͼ has received the following recognition in relation to its community engagement programs and initiatives.

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

In 2015, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which works to develop networks of ideas and institutions to advance teaching and learning, awarded the Community Engagement Classification to the Фβͼ (MCW) in recognition of MCW’s community engagement practices. The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification designation for Фβͼis an honor and a monumental achievement, as it recognizes the innumerable exemplary campus-wide programs and initiatives that are focused on excellence in community engagement and on serving the needs of our communities. Фβͼis now one of four medical schools nationwide who have received this honor.

Richard Guarasci Award for Institutional Transformation

The Richard Guarasci Award for Institutional Transformation recognizes institutions that have successfully implemented institution-wide efforts to address issues of public concern by aligning teaching, research, practice, and values in service of the common good. Recipients are institutions that have undertaken comprehensive efforts to advance the values articulated in Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Action Statement of Presidents and Chancellors. As a national leader in community engagement, the Фβͼ was recognized for this award in 2020 for integrating engagement into research, education, and clinical care with the goal of advancing health policy and advocacy and addressing the social determinants of health. Through initiatives like the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program and its extended community-engaged research, the Фβͼ demonstrates a deep strategic commitment to community, embracing its responsibility as a place-based institution to address diverse health needs throughout Wisconsin.

Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Engagement

The Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Engagement is presented annually to a U.S. AAMC-member medical school or teaching hospital with a long-standing, major institutional commitment to partnering with the community it serves to identify and address community needs. Фβͼwas recognized as a top institution in Community Engagement and Community Service as a Finalist for the Spencer Foreman Award (each year there are two Finalists recognized along with the recipient). This award is one of the most prestigious given by the AAMC and Фβͼis the only medical school to have been recognized among the top three institutions for the award more than once in the past 11 years; Фβͼwas the recipient of the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Engagement in 2005.

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