Center for Healthy Communities & Research Faculty and Staff

Jeff Morzinski, PhD, MSWJeff Morzinski, PhD, MSW

Associate Professor and Director, Center for Healthy Communities and Research

Department of Family and Community Medicine

Medical College of Wisconsin


Dr. Morzinski completed his doctoral degree in Administrative Leadership in 1999 from the School of Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Prior to earning this degree, Jeff worked for seven years with a comprehensive, rural mental health center, with roles as family counselor, community liaison, and clinical director.

Since joining the faculty of the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1999, Jeff’s work has focused on developing and evaluating professional training and community health initiatives. These initiatives have included instructional design, adult learning, leadership, and mentoring. Jeff has presented his work regionally and nationally, and he has published over 40 papers and curricula on these topics. He directs the Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Professional Development Division, and the Center for Healthy Communities and Research.

Dr Morzinski’s current scholarly activities reflect ongoing interest in organizational systems, colleague and partnership networks, and the design and evaluation of community health education programs.

 David Nelson, PhD, Assistant Professor

David Nelson, PhD

Grants:

  • Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin’s (AHW) Advancing Community-Academic Partnership for Translational Research: Scientific Citizens and Citizen’s Scientist, which strives to advance community engagement in translational research as a core programmatic area for both the Institute for Health and Society and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeast Wisconsin.
  • Principal Investigator of the Salud de la Mujer, funded by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program, which strives to increase the health literacy and knowledge of health resources for women and families in a predominately Latino community.

Activities:

  • Milwaukee Food and Fitness Initiative
  • Communicandonos Juntos: Found in Translation: Coordinated communication program in Waukesha County for Spanish speakers
  • Transition Team for Milwaukee County Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition

Teaching:

  • Family and Community Medicine M3 Clerkship
  • M1 Clinical Continuum: Medical Interviewing and Evidence Based Medicine
 Zeno Franco, PhD, Assistant Professor

Zeno Franco, PhD

Grants:

  • Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin’s (AHW) Advancing Community-Academic Partnership for Translational Research: Scientific Citizens and Citizen’s Scientist, which strives to advance community engagement in translational research as a core programmatic area for both the Institute for Health and Society and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeast Wisconsin.
 Leslie Patterson, PhD, Assistant Professor

Grants:

  • Principal Investigator, A Collaborative Response to Reduce Binge Drinking in Rural Wisconsin Communities (Project # 2013D-01), funded by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program
  • Dryhootch iPeer: A Social and Technology Support Program for Veteran Mental Health (Project # 2012I-03), funded by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program
  • Building the Family Medicine Workforce through a Competency-based Three-Year Accelerated MD Program in Family Medicine, funded by Health Resources and Service Administration
  • MOVE OUT: A Partnership with Veterans Groups to Enhance Weight Management in the Veterans Health Administration, funded by the VA- Health Services Research and Development
  • Consultant, Physical Education Healthy Activities Benefiting Individual Teachers and Students (PE HABITS), funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Carol M. White Physical Education Program

Activities:

  • Faculty Advisor, Family Medicine Student Association and Family Medicine Learning Community
  • Faculty Advisor, MCW Scholarly Pathways
  • Workgroup Member, Community Medical Education Program, Curricular and Interprofessional Development Workgroup

Teaching:

  • Community Health, M3 Family Medicine Clerkship
  • Co-Course Director, Promoting Health in Underserved Communities
  • Lecturer, Foundations of Clinical Medicine
  • Lecturer and Facilitator, Urban and Community Health Pathway and Master Clinician Pathway
 Marie Wolff, PhD, Associate Professor

Marie Wolff, PhD

Grants:

  • Principal Investigator of the "Developing a School Health Services Assessment Tool and Related Resources", funded by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program, which will assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the current health services infrastructure in Wisconsin public schools.
  • Co-Principal Investigator of the "Kohl’s Conversations for the Cure", funded by the Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which strives to increase screening rates and raise awareness about breast cancer in southeastern Wisconsin.

Teaching:

  • Course Director, Integrated Selective, "Promoting Health in Underserved Communities"

Research Interests:
Health Care Safety Net, Access, Health Policy, Community-Academic Partnerships, Medical Education Curriculum

 Staci Young, PhD, Assistant Professor

Staci Young, PhD

Grants:

  • Principal Investigator of the "Kohl’s Conversations for the Cure", funded by the Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
  • Co-Evaluation Coordinator for the "Raising the Bar Project", funded by the Faye McBeath Foundation.
  • Medical College of Wisconsin/Columbia St. Mary's Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured.

Teaching:

  • M1 Clinical Continuum: Medical Interviewing and Diversity Lecture Series
  • M3 Patient Center Care Intersession
  • Integrated Selective, "Promoting Health in Underserved Communities"
 Christina Eldredge, MD, Fellow/Instructor

Activities:

  • Development of a School Food Allergy Awareness and Educational Workshop for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Office for Schools

Teaching:

  • M1 Foundations of Human Behavior medical Interviewing
  • Urban Community Pathway Advisor
  • Department of Family & Community Medicine Medical Student Summer Research Program
  • M3 Intersession

Research Interests:

  • Public Health Informatics
  • Community Engaged Research
  • Management of Chronic Medical Conditions in School Aged Children
    • Currently focusing on Food Allergy
 Melissa DeNomie, MS, Program Coordinator
  • BS, Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  • MS, Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Grants:

  • Around the Corner for Better Health, funded through Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP).
  • Los Cuidadores Unidos: United Latino Caregivers, funded through Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP).
  • Community Based Participatory Research in Family Medicine, funded through Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Teaching:

  • Family and Community Medicine M3 Clerkship
 Michele Leininger, Program Coordinator; Clinical Research Coordinator for Froedtert Radiology

Grants:

  • IUAN - Institute for Urban Agriculture and Nutrition (Principal Investigator: Zeno Franco, PhD)
  • Benefits of a Patient-Centered Medical Home for High-Risk OB Care (Principal Investigator: James Slawson, MD)
  • Growing Your Future (Principal Investigator: David Nelson, PhD)
 Amy Kistner, LPC, SAC-IT, Program Coordinator
  • 2003 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Master of Science Degree - Health Psychology; Graduate Certificate - Women’s Studies
  • 2000 Carroll College - Waukesha, WI; Bachelor of Science Degree - Psychology; Minor - Economics; Minor - Women’s Studies

Teaching:

  • Family and Community Medicine M3 Clerkship
 Carletta Rhodes, Administrative Assistant

Grants:

  • Dry Hootch (Principal Investigator: Zeno Franco)

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