Center for Urban Population Health

Center for Urban Population HealthThe Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) contributes to the deeper understanding of health issues that affect people across the life course. Its vision to be a nationally-recognized center inspiring collaborative, innovative, community-relevant urban population health research and education is continually realized. It is easily measured through the many new and return investigators, and community partners who collaborate with the Center to implement their work.

Population health is an expansive framework. The quantity and quality of CUPH’s research and educational initiatives span the continuum from health services research to community partnerships.

This year, the CUPH helped more than 90 universities, health care and community investigators implement more than 115 research and educational projects. In 2011, CUPH faculty and staff contributed to submission of 42 grants totaling $16 million. To-date, 18 grants were awarded with the full awards to all partners totaling more than $4.4 million (many still pending).

For a comprehensive listing of current and past projects, please visit

CUPH is a collaboration between Aurora Health Care, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and UW – Milwaukee (UWM). The Center focuses on identifying what determines health, well-being and disease in certain groups, forging partnerships with community health and academic experts to design and implement preventive interventions, and measuring those interventions’ effectiveness.

In research, it is important to build on the evidence and experience of the time. As CUPH embarks on a new decade, it builds upon its first 10 years of relationships, expertise and organizational memory. CUPH’s history provides a strong foundation for innovation and positive community impact. CUPH's growth and maturity over the years allows it to be responsive to the environment. The Center has updated its principles and values to better reflect its understanding and ability to:

  • Promote a population health framework as a unifying approach for addressing health determinants, interventions and outcomes.
  • Forge equitable and sustainable partnerships with community and academic experts from diverse organizations, backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Create an environment of innovation.
  • Use research to impact effective policies, programs and practices.
  • Foster knowledge transfer through clinical and community-based learning.
  • Reduce health disparities.
  • Deliver exceptional value by integrating the best available resources and methodologies to address key issues with integrity, objectivity and responsiveness.

Patient-Centered Outcomes

In 2011, CUPH achieved the following outcomes:


  • 49 university investigators supported
  • 32 clinic-based investigators supported
  • 9 community investigators supported
  • 42 grants submitted
  • 18 grants awarded in 2011 (total awards of $4.4 million)
  • 43 publications and 68 academic and 21 community presentations that include one or more Center faculty or staff as contributing authors


  • 61 medical residents and population health fellows mentored through Center-related projects
  • 8 fourth-year medical students trained by affiliated CUPH faculty/staff
  • 15 graduate students mentored through Center-related projects
  • 27 undergraduate students mentored through Center-related projects


  • 54 CUPH faculty/staff serve on academic committees
  • 80 CUPH faculty/staff serve on community-based committees
  • 61 journal and grant review activities by CUPH faculty/staff
  • Data-driven reports produced:
    • Milwaukee Health Report 2011
    • Milwaukee Health Care
    • Partnership Quarterly Reports
    • Health Care Coverage Report
    • Emergency Department Care
    • Coordination Report
    •  Catalog of Healthy Birth Initiatives
    • Safe Sleep Summit Summary Report

Learn more about the Center for Urban Population Health and their collaborative work through the following links: