MIS specialist and Assistant Prof. of Business Administration Gaurav Bansal is serving on the steering committee for the project “Linking Data to Improve Health.” The project was recently funded by a $200,000 grant from the Medical College of Wisconsin. The project aims to build a multidisciplinary data-sharing system to fill service gaps and identify effective practices concerning children in Brown County. Adam Hardy of Brown County United Way heads the project team. Community partners in addition to UW-Green Bay include Aurora BayCare; Bellin Health; Hospital Sisters Health System; Prevea Health; St. Norbert College; Green Bay Area Public School District; LIVES54218; Community Partnership for Children; Healthy Families; Howe Neighborhood Resource Center; Family and Childcare Resources of Northeast Wisconsin; Nicolet National Bank; and Encompass Early Education and Care. The local project is one of nine funded, out of 62 initial applications. Read more.
In late fall 2012, officials from the city of Oconto approached the Urban and Regional Studies program to request help with urban planning and economic development initiatives. Given the courses they were teaching this semester, Marcelo Cruz and Adam Parrillo were able to give their students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in urban policy research. Students from Prof. Cruz’s Transportation and the City class researched economic and cultural nodes for the purpose of creating better intermodal accessibility. Students from Prof. Parrillo’s GIS and the Urban World class performed a blight survey and hotspot analysis to assess housing deterioration in Oconto. On Monday of this past week, the president of the Oconto City Council and the city manager came to UW-Green Bay as the students presented the results of their research. The city manager told Urban and Regional chair Prof. Tom Nesslien that he valued the students’ contributions and hopes for continued collaboration with the program.