Persistent health disparities across Milwaukee-area zip codes are well documented. Milwaukee ranked second-to-last among the state’s 72 counties for its health outcomes in the latest Wisconsin County Health Rankings, compiled by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The medical college has largely worked on social determinants of health in silos – through its Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment and Institute for Health & Equity, or an individual faculty member’s research, for example – but leaders said this initiative will aggregate those efforts. Those two departments, along with MCW’s Center for AIDS Intervention Research, are among those that could be housed in the new facility, along with a space to recruit for clinical trials and house service learning opportunities for medical students, Raymond has said.
Initially, leaders expected to have landed on the site and scope of the project by May, but ultimately decided to take more time to get more input from the community.
MCW is working with Milwaukee real estate developer Kevin Newell’s Royal Capital Group LLC on the community engagement and site selection process. Royal Capital Group is involved with several noteworthy developments in the city, including a 90-unit apartment complex near the new Milwaukee Bucks arena and a 181-unit residential development in Milwaukee’s Brewers Hill neighborhood.