Center for Urban Population Health

Current Projects

Current ProjectsThe Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) contributes to more than 100 projects at any given time. To learn more about the many research and educational project CUPH is involved in please visit:

The following are examples of two on-going projects.

Research Efforts Promote Quality Improvement in Wisconsin Birth Hospitals

In an effort to improve birth outcomes, the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care partnered with CUPH to develop PeriData.Net®, a comprehensive birth and labor data platform that has been instituted in 85 hospitals statewide.

The web-based platform provides better access to timely birth outcome data, links mother and infant health records, and results in flexible data management and reporting. Currently, 12 Aurora hospitals are participating in PeriData.Net. PeriData.Net collects demographic, antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum data on more than 90 percent of Wisconsin births annually – totaling 300,000 births since the system launched.

PeriData.Net is an essential component of the system wide One Aurora Superior Standards for Obstetrics (OASIS) quality scorecard for obstetrics. OASIS tracks progress in obstetrics clinical quality indicators. The scorecard also assists in goal setting. 

Tracking Community Impact

Teen birth rates in Milwaukee are higher than those in both the state and the nation. In order to address this issue, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee is funding teen pregnancy prevention programming through their Healthy Girls initiative.

In 2008, realizing the need for comprehensive program evaluation, United Way of Greater Milwaukee contracted with the CUPH to develop and conduct an evaluation across all of their supported teen pregnancy programming. These programs were using a variety of curricula, evidence-based and innovative, as well as targeting a variety of audiences.

Milwaukee Health Department Commissioner Bevan Baker, co-chair of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee Teen Pregnancy Prevention Oversight Committee, worked with CUPH scientists in 2008 to set a goal for reducing the city's teen birthrate, which, in 2006, hovered at 52 births per 1,000 teens ages 15 to 17 compared to a state average of 16 births per 1,000 teens within the same age range. The goal for Milwaukee was set at 30 births per 1,000 teens in that age group by 2015.

In the fall of 2010, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Milwaukee's teen birthrate - the second highest in the nation less than a decade ago - continues to drop at a pace that could put it near the much lower state average by 2015.

"We know there's much work to get done, but we should all feel encouraged this trend is going in the right direction," said Commissioner Baker.

CUPH has been involved since the inception and continues to assist in evaluating the community impact that the collaborative is making.