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Univ. Wisconsin's New School of Public Health to open in underserved area

School to serve predominantly African American neighborhood

Author: Editor

A few weeks ago, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee announced they would be placing their new School of Public Health in downtown Milwaukee. The site chosen is near a large urban hospital—Aurora Sinai Medical Center—and on the edge of a low-income and largely African-American neighborhood, rather than on UWM's campus in a relatively affluent neighborhood on the city's east side.

School officials say that finding a way to lessen health disparities will be an initial focus of the school, and the city's Health Department plans to move some of its staff to the site, including its programs on violence and teen pregnancy, as well as the Wisconsin Center for Health Equity.

To help with the cost of starting this new program, the school is in line for a $900,000 federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test various initiatives in which the school, the city health department and other organizations would work together to reduce health disparities, initially focusing on birth outcomes.

Construction is expected to start in early 2011 and would welcome students and staff in early 2013.

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