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heals itself through

Community university partnership


Today she’s part of a major environmental health collaboration involving UWM’s College of Nursing, the Environmental Protection Agency, 26 organizations in Milwaukee’s Westlawn neighborhood and her neighbors. The EPA’s Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) provides support. Since 2008, the CARE collaboration has made progress on a number of factors impacting health in the area. It was one of only three programs in the nation this year to receive additional funding to continue the work. Westlawn residents and neighbors, like Bangura, face numerous significant health challenges related to environmental issues, says project manager and principal investigator Anne Dressel of the College of Nursing.


Emergency room visits for asthma within Westlawn’s 53218 ZIP code are four times higher than average rates in other areas of the state, and the average rate of hospitalization is more than three times that of the rest of the state.

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Westlawn residents are working with CARE to improve other health factors, too. They have told CARE they would like to increase indoor air quality, improve pest management, reduce mold problems, and have more access to fresh and healthy food.

Anne Dressel of the College of Nursing

aulette Bangura’s interest in improving the environment in her neighborhood is personal. In 2006 she had a double lung transplant after life-threatening complications from sarcoidosis, an immune disease possibly triggered by environmental toxins.

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