What’s New in ‘Our Madison’ Focus Areas: Family and Community Wellness

Justified Anger – UW-Madison Community and Environmental Sociology Partnership

This partnership ran in 2015. Karen Reece, interim project manager of Justified Anger, and Randy Stoecker, UW professor, worked with 19 students from the Community and Environmental Sociology capstone class to do research for each of the Justified Anger focus areas:  incarceration, family and community wellness, economic development, education, and leadership and capacity building.  The students contacted leaders from each of the focus areas to learn what research would be most useful, and then set out to complete the research.  They presented the results of their work at a Justified Anger event attended by 22 people on December 14, 2015 at Fountain of Life Church.

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Family & Community Wellness Research Team Results

IMG_2071Students on this team interviewed several African American health professionals in Madison about what they considered important in terms of Family & Community Wellness.  They discovered that there are a number of conditions where we see black:white health disparities and that there is not much information accessible to the public.  Students on this research team opted to create several infographics showing disparities in cancer rates and types, mental health, chronic illness, and infant mortality. The aim is to provide information to the public as well as stimulate conversations and strategic planning that lead to narrowing the gap.

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FCW Cancer Types 2015_fall_kovachevich_2

 

FCW Chronic Illness infographic4

FCW Infant Mortality infographic3

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