1. Wisconsin Express program teaches UW-Madison students about health care in underserved areas

    Photo of students in the Wisconsin Express program in 2016. The program visits communities across Wisconsin to learn about public health dilemmas. COURTESY OF AHEC

    A group of 75 University of Wisconsin–Madison students will be in the field May 21-26 to learn firsthand about the diversity of the state’s health care system. As a part of the Wisconsin Express program, which is organized by the Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers, the students will travel to 11 communities across Wisconsin, learning about […]

  2. Cancer research project provides UW-Superior students with hands-on experience

    Photo of University of Wisconsin-Superior assistant professor Dr. Jenean O’Brien, left, who is hopeful that her research will aid in better understanding muscle and immune development to provide insight into rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a devastating pediatric muscle cancer.

    Research involving zebrafish at UW-Superior could play a role in learning more about a pediatric cancer Fluorescent light illuminates rows of tanks organized neatly on three shelves. Small black and white fish circle about. As recirculating water bubbles, it’s a scene reminiscent of any pet store. University of Wisconsin-Superior assistant professor Dr. Jenean O’Brien has an interest […]

  3. UW-La Crosse Language Resource Center collaborating with Gundersen Global Partners

    Photo of the area of Nicaragua where Gundersen Global Partners sends volunteers. A collaboration with UW-La Crosse allows health providers volunteering to the Central American country to improve their Spanish skills by conversing on a one-on-one basis with an advanced, Spanish-speaking student at UWL who plans to work in the medical field.

    The UW-La Crosse (UWL) Global Cultures and Languages Department has teamed up with La Crosse’s Gundersen Health System’s Global Partners to provide language conversation sessions for those wanting to improve their Spanish before volunteering to Nicaragua. The partnership stretches back nearly two years when Laurence Couturier, director of the UWL Language Resource Center, met with Liz Arnold, director […]

  4. UW-River Falls to join Small World Initiative research program

    Photo of Howard Hughes Medical Institute sponsored Biotechnical Lab

    The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will join 170 partner institutions from 12 nations worldwide this fall as part of the Small World Initiative (SWI) research program. SWI is an international collaboration harnessing the power of student researchers around the world to discover new antibiotics from soil microorganisms, helping address the worldwide health crisis of antibiotic-resistant […]

  5. UW-Eau Claire researchers help police department address issues with back pain

    Photo of Mark Vang, an officer with the Eau Claire Police Department, who is looking at a vest he will wear as part of a research project with UW-Eau Claire kinesiology students and faculty to determine if the vests will help ease back pain among police officers.

    Officer Mark Vang and his colleagues at the Eau Claire Police Department know the physical and mental demands that go with careers in law enforcement can lead to all sorts of health issues. After all, stress, long hours in a squad car and apprehending suspects all can take a toll on their bodies. While it […]

  6. UW-Milwaukee developed app to help protect patients’ brains during surgery

    Photo of UWM students and faculty working on the medical app

    The work of some UW-Milwaukee (UWM) students is literally helping make people’s lives better. The students in UWM’s App Brewery worked with doctors at the Medical College of Wisconsin to develop an app that helps guide doctors during the delicate process of brain surgery. Incredibly, patients are awake during the surgery. The app, called NeuroMapper, […]

  7. UW-Platteville leads summit to address rural health care needs

    Photo of a UW-Platteville student working in a health lab

    PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville hosted an inaugural Health Care Summit on Nov. 8, engaging major stakeholders in the region in order to explore issues and needs in rural health care. “We want to explore how we – as higher education institutions – can collaborate to help fill those needs,” said Dr. Wayne […]

  8. UW-Madison students in Houston to aid post-Harvey mosquito control

    Photo of Melissa Farquhar (left) and Erin McGlynn, UW–Madison professional students, standing outside the Clarke mobile entomology lab, where they are working to identify mosquitoes to assist mosquito-control efforts following Hurricane Harvey. (Photos courtesy Erin McGlynn and Melissa Farquhar)

    As the floodwaters recede in Houston following Hurricane Harvey, millions of mosquitoes have emerged to blanket southeastern Texas, hampering recovery efforts and raising public health concerns about mosquito-borne diseases. To assist ongoing mosquito-control efforts, two University of Wisconsin–Madison students, Melissa Farquhar and Erin McGlynn, have flown to Texas to help trap and identify mosquitoes. Part […]

  9. UW-La Crosse PA partner program is prescription for area’s healthcare demand for 20 years

    Photo of the UWL-Gundersen-Mayo Physician Assistant Program, which has helped meet demand for PAs, particularly in the tri-state area. PAs examine, diagnose, treat, assist in surgery, and prescribe medication in hospitals to community health centers across the country.

    America is home to millions of aging baby boomers and more people with health insurance than ever before. That has helped push one profession in particular into the limelight. The physician assistant. Physician assistants practice medicine as one of three recognized types of healthcare providers along with nurse practitioners and physicians. The profession is repeatedly […]

  10. UW-Parkside pre-med students committed to practicing in under-served rural and urban areas of Wisconsin

    Five UW-Parkside pre-med students smiling and posing for a picture

    The Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health (RUSCH) program prepares students to work in underserved rural and urban areas of Wisconsin after medical school. Since 2012, 28 UW-Parkside pre-med students have been accepted to the RUSCH program. Ninety percent of UW-Parkside’s Health Sciences’ pre-med students are accepted to medical school – more than double […]