14 Sep CTSI Science Cafés — Addressing Health Disparities in Underrepresented Minority / Underserved Communities
Our Science Cafés are designed to reach out to the community and engage community members in all aspects of translational research. These events also promote dissemination of research results from local faculty of MCW or the CTSI partners/collaborators. This creates a unique setting for researchers to share their results with the community and provides an opportunity for the community to discuss the research with the scientists firsthand. Topics for all presentations are generated from the community.
Since 2017, we formed a new collaborative partnership with St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, where Science Cafés were offered monthly. St. Ann Center is a $21 million, 80,000 square-foot facility in one of the most underserved neighborhoods in Milwaukee that brings child and adult day care services to the community. Ten Science Cafés were held from January to October 2017, on topics based on the recommendation of community members, on topics such as hypertension, diabetes, stroke rehabilitation, and the opioid epidemic. More than 268 people attending the Science Cafés in 2017.
In 2018, we have successfully collaborated with faith-based communities/churches throughout the local area. Thus far, 3 Science Cafés were held at underrepresented minority churches in the community, and several have already been planned throughout 2018. In addition, a Science Café addressing the Autism Spectrum Disorder was held at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum on January 30, 2018. Two additional Science Cafés were held for the CTSI 500 Stars Initiative students and their parents in July and August, 2018.