Center for Urban Population Health


The Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) was established in April 2001 to improve individual and population health through health services research, evaluation, professional education and health promotion programming. CUPH was established through a pioneering partnership between the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (then called the University of Wisconsin Medical School), Aurora Health Care and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM). The idea grew from a meeting with then Aurora Health Care President, Ed Howe, former chancellor of UW–Milwaukee Nancy L. Zimpher, and Phil Farrell, former UW Medical School dean.

At its heart, CUPH is committed to population health and connections to communities in Wisconsin’s urban areas. To make a difference in people’s lives, scientific knowledge about population health must be interwoven with community partnerships. Therefore, the Center has charted a course to engage in transformational collaborations with multiple stakeholders in order to advance research and evaluation aimed at improving the public’s health.

With the ability to access a remarkable amount of community-based health data, link multiple organizations and disciplines, and offer expertise that spans the continuum from health services to community partnerships, the Center is a collaboration that is working to transform public health capacity in Wisconsin.

The Center’s distinctive expertise and influence lie in its:

  • Objectivity among multiple stakeholders and organizations
  • Interdisciplinary nature
  • Ability to address broad population health concerns
  • Research and information technology infrastructure
  • Community connectivity


CUPH is involved with many coalitions, taskforces and workgroups that are comprised of dozens of community-based organizations, governmental institutions and academics. New partnerships develop from the strong relationships made by staff.

The Center has worked with more than 260 collaborators and partners in a variety of ways – sometimes leading, sometimes following – but always striving to contribute to their common mission. CUPH contributions range from formal contractual agreements to in-kind and complimentary participation.

As a facilitating center, each relationship and how CUPH partners is important. With the breadth and depth of skills that Center faculty and staff possess, it is able to contribute in meaningful ways to existing efforts to improve the health of our communities and also lead projects where gaps in need. 

Urban Population Health

Urban Population Health