Dr. Jim Sanders, assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin and director of the International/Community Medicine Track at Columbia St. Mary’s Family Health Center in Milwaukee

Dr. Jim Sanders, M.D., is a Health Care Hero in so many ways – as an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin; as a Medical College faculty advisor at the free Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured; as director of the Community Medicine Track at Columbia St. Mary’s Family Residency; and as a practicing physician in the CSM System.

Sanders is recognized internationally as an expert in community medicine, research and education. Most of his clinical experience has been in community health centers serving people without insurance and the working poor.

Sanders has provided medical relief in Asia, South America and Africa, and he has served as the medical director of the Center for International Health, which is based in Milwaukee.

In Milwaukee, Sanders helped design the CSM’s Chronic Disease Management Project, which reduces major risks from hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and smoking among uninsured African Americans in Milwaukee’s central city. Because poverty is a barrier to health care access, the program brings care to people in places they already frequent, including food pantries and churches.

Since 2007, the Chronic Disease Management Project has screened 5,000 people and provided disease management services to 500 patients. Medications have managed the conditions of 92 percent of the participants with high cholesterol and 83 percent of the participants with diabetes. Moreover, the project has helped 71 percent of the participants reduce their blood pressure.

The program has won significant grants from the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program, including a five-year, $750,000 grant in 2010 to expand in Milwaukee.

Sanders was nominated to be a Health Care Hero by Bill Solberg, director of community service at Columbia St. Mary’s.

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