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Jackson helping lead new project via Wisconsin Partnership Program award

November 02, 2018

The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has announced $4 million in awards to initiatives working to improve health and health equity across Wisconsin.

The grants, awarded through the Partnership Program’s Community Impact Grant program, each total $1 million over five years and support large-scale, evidence-based, community-academic partnerships aimed at achieving sustainable systems changes to improve health equity in Wisconsin.

And among the projects receiving funding is one that’s utilizing the expertise of the School of Education’s Jerlando Jackson.

Jerlando Jackson
Nehemiah Community Development Corporation, Inc. will expand its Justified Anger pilot work through an initiative titled, “Reducing Health Inequity through Promotion of Social Connection,” which focuses on reducing disparities in overall health among African Americans by addressing implicit and structural racism.

African-Americans in Wisconsin have poorer health outcomes than their white neighbors due the powerful influence of their social and community context. Those health disparities include higher rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, premature births and maternal deaths. To address these health disparities, Nehemiah has been piloting an innovative approach to increasing health equity by developing new, and strengthening existing, social and professional networks for African-Americans.

This grant will implement a three-tiered approach that will involve education and training for grassroots African American neighborhood leaders, African-American professionals, and white allies through its “Justified Anger Black History for a New Day.” The team will facilitate cross-cultural interactions with mentorship support that will result in building and strengthening social networks within each community and will support participants with identifying opportunities for collaborative social action.

Jackson is the academic partner for this project. He is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education. Jackson is a faculty member with, and chair of, the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He also is director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

To learn more about the Wisconsin Partnership Program and projects being funded this year, check out this news report.

The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is committed to improving the health of Wisconsin residents through investments in research, education and community partnerships. The Partnership Program was established in 2004 with funds from the conversion of Blue Cross & Blue Shield United of Wisconsin to a for-profit corporation. To date, the Program has awarded more than 450 research, education and community grants totaling more than $200 million aimed at improving the health of Wisconsin residents.

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