Marilyn Frenn, Ph.D, RN, CNE, ANEF

Clark Hall, 353

(414) 288-3845




Course and site listing for Marilyn Frenn


NURS 6244: Health Promotion Across the Lifespan

Procedure: Students will present on a health care promotion topic at a Milwaukee agency. Students will be responsible to set up an initial meeting with the site contact to discuss potential topics for the presentation. Students will sign up in class for presentations and do not need to come to Sign-Up Night.

Please see Professor more details.

Contact Haley Hinze with any questions or concerns – (414) 288-3262

The students will present at one of the following agencies:

Agency: Adult Learning Center

Contact: Cara Ball

Phone: (414) 263-5874



Address: 1916 North 4th Street

Description of Agency: Since it was established in 1979, the Adult Learning Center has provided basic educational opportunities to economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals ranging in age from 18 to 65 years old in the Milwaukee community. The primary objective of the program is to help the more than 130 adults enrolled in the program improve the quality of their lives and influence their communities in positive ways. In addition to regular academic work, students of The Adult Learning Center have the opportunity to participate in enrichment programs including programs on computer literacy, financial literacy, life skills, employability and job readiness skills, health education, and preparation for Driver Education written exams. The Adult Learning Center is a very well organized agency with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Population: Predominantly African-American Adults

Description of project: Possible topics include healthy ways to manage stress, nutrition & healthy eating habits (easy, healthy recipes), exercise (particularly for those who may have heart/health issues). Overall, two big topics for this population include high blood pressure and diabetes.


Agency: Benedict Center

Contact: Meagan Winn

Phone: 414-347-1774 ext. 212



Address: 135 W. Wells St., Suite 700

Description of Agency: Benedict Center offers basic education classes, high school diploma classes, and a variety of support components (Parenting, Job Readiness and Placement, etc.). All of the women involved in the program have at one time in their lives been arrested, usually on a misdemeanor, non-violent charge.

Population: Women in conflict with the law

Description of Project: Presentations for women that utilize their services on HIV, sexual health, women’s health issues, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.


Agency: Guest House of Milwaukee

Contact: Erik Koepnick

Phone: 414-345-3240 ext. 2012



Address: 1216 N. 13th Street

Description of Agency: The Guest House provides shelter, housing, education and services to Milwaukee’s homeless who seek to transform their lives with dignity and purpose. Founded in 1981 by the Central City Churches, the Guest House offers emergency shelter, transitional shelter, transitional housing and permanent housing for homeless adult men. Services provided include: case management, benefits counseling, AODA treatment and support groups, mental health counseling, education, employability skills assessment, job training and placement, access to primary health care and psychiatric services (including medication monitoring), and referrals to other community-based agencies and providers.

Population: Predominantly homeless men, African-American, Hispanic, Caucasian, some with alcohol/drug addiction, some with mental illness, unemployed/underemployed, ranges of ages

Description of Project: Possible topics include men’s health, accessing free or reduced-cost medical care, the Affordable Care act, or health concerns such as high blood pressure and diabetes which are prevalent in this population.

Agency: International Learning Center

Contact:  Cynthia Zarazua

Phone: 414.344.4777



Address: 639 N. 25th Street

Description of Agency: The purpose of the International Learning Center is to provide English language and communication skills to Southeast Asian and African adult refugees who have had little or no prior education in their own country. Most students function at a 4th grade reading level or lower. A primary goal is to help students regain their self-sufficiency and become contributing members of the community. The curriculum emphasizes practical life skills and job readiness. Students are taught to speak, read, and write at a level required to perform such tasks as filling out job applications, making appointments, finding a job, and attending a parent-teacher conference. Regular program activities include English classes from entry to Pre-GED levels, helping in the math lab and computer lab, tutoring, bilingual assistance, and family literacy. A preschool for 2 1/2 -5 year olds is provided while adult students are in class. Whole group instruction is used for English classes. Class size ranges from 15-20. Math lab allows students to work at their own level and pace. Students' skill levels vary from addition and subtraction to pre-algebra. In the computer lab, students learn basic word processing and practice skills using educational software.

Population: Southeast Asian and African adult refugees

Description of Project: Health promotion focused on cultural adjustment-related health issues faced by refugees and immigrants, healthy decision-making in the American context.


Agency: The Lutheran Home

Contact: Alea Nelson

Phone: 414-258-6171 x. 750



Address: 7500 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Description of Agency: Lutheran Home was established in 1906 out of love and concern to provide for retired and indigent pastors and teachers who could live out their lives in relative comfort and dignity. While they serve people of all backgrounds, it’s clear that faith and compassion remain the driving forces in care. Lutheran Home and Harwood Place are a faith-based family of services dedicated to meeting the ever-changing physical, emotional and spiritual needs of older adults, including their families, with a variety of distinctive housing and care options. They offer a full range of services including: retirement living, rehabilitation therapy, assisted living, specialized care for the memory-impaired, adult day services, skilled nursing, and host hospice care on-site.

Population: Older Adults

Description of Project: Possible topics include memory activities, hygiene, specific diets, nutrition, and ways to stay active and promote balance.


Agency: Milwaukee Center for Independence

Contact: Sara Herr (SmartBaby Coordinator)

Phone: (414) 937-3998



Address: 2020 W. Wells St.

Description of Agency: Milwaukee Center for Independence is a comprehensive, community-based rehabilitation facility and sheltered workshop that helps people with developmental disabilities live and work in the community. The MCFI offers over 50 programs and services to assist people of all ages. Every program is led by a certified, experienced, and professional staff. Each year, the MCFI helps nearly 10,000 individuals reach their personal goals. Programs include the following:

  • SEDA: SEDA is a charter school which provides a unique and rich environment for students with disabilities from Kindergarten through 2nd grade. This school is unique in the sense that it allows students with disabilities to learn in the same classrooms as students without disabilities.

  • SmartBaby: MAFI’s SmartBaby program helps young expectant mothers, as well as mothers with disabilities, take good care of themselves and their babies. By providing resources expectant mothers need to learn about good prenatal care, SmartBaby helps answer questions about parenting that ensure mothers have the support and confidence to be there for the important months and years of a young baby’s life.

  • City LIFE: All people with developmental disabilities – the students will be able to develop relationships with consumers, assist program staff in running trac activities and attend community integration activities. We have over 100 different tracs that are available to our consumers here at main campus throughout the week. Some examples are: horticulture, photography, art therapy, music therapy, dance and movement, pet therapy, sensory integration, computers, family correspondence (helping consumers write letters to loved ones) etc.

Population: MCFI assists individuals and families with special needs including children, teens, adults and older adults.

Description of Project: The students will be working with the SmartBaby program and will be presenting on a preventative health care topic for young expectant mothers, as well as mothers with disabilities.


Agency: Milwaukee Christian Center

Contact: Kathi Boyce

Phone: 414-645-5350



Address: 807 S. 14th Street Milwaukee, WI 53204

Description of Agency: The Milwaukee Christian Center (MCC), was founded in 1921 by an American Baptist missionary to meet the needs of newly arrived immigrant children on the south side of Milwaukee. Over time, MCC developed into a multi-faceted social service and neighborhood development agency that serves families, youth, and the elderly. MCC believes that all people have the inherent worth and deserve to be treated with compassion, dignity and love. MCC exists to offer hope and support to individuals and families while providing a safe and nurturing environment to people of all cultures, faiths and walks of life. MCC currently offers a variety of programs including: an emergency food pantry, senior adult program, neighborhood improvement project, juvenile justice programs and youth programs at 3 separate sites.

Population: Youth (ages 7-19) and family residing on the Southside of Milwaukee, including 50% Hispanic participants in their programming

Description of Project: The programs provide youth with academic enrichment, social development skills, community involvement, and leadership activities in a safe environment, helping them become responsible members of the community.  Any topics to better develop the skills listed above would be appropriate.


Agency: Operation Dream

Contact: Gabriele Harris

Phone: (414) 640-5270



Address: 3965 N 15th Street

Description of Agency: OPERATION DREAM Mentoring Program: This program is designed to give young males, ages 4-17, the support and guidance they need to become responsible individuals. Founded in 2006, Operation Dream builds leadership, academic, and social skills among at-risk youth through an innovative peer-mentoring program that fosters growth and development. They serve primarily boys whose environment puts them at particular risk and for whom existing organizations are out of reach. Its staff instills discipline, promotes education, and engages children in the possibilities of the future.

Population: Predominantly African-American and Hispanic teen males.

Description of Project: Nutrition, alcoholism, tobacco use, violence, bullying, leadership and self-development, drug abuse, personal hygiene, and professional appearance.

Agency: Villa St. Francis (Senior Assisted Living)

Contact: Debbie Segrin

Phone: (414) 649-2892



Address: 1910 West Ohio Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53215

Description of Agency: Villa St. Francis provides a caring, home-like environment for more than 100 residents with a variety of care needs. This assisted living community is dedicated to providing quality, resident-focused living where dignity and self-worth are valued, lives are enriched and relationships are celebrated. Compassion and dignity are essential to the mission of Villa St. Francis which strives to create an environment that celebrates and respects each member of the community, regardless of their physical or cognitive situation.

Population: 90+ seniors ranging in age from 57 to 98, 25% male and 75% female, 80% of population ages 80-99. Half of residents have dementia.

Description of Project: As an assisted living facility, one of the challenges is keeping residents safe. Possible ideas for project might center on the following: falls awareness, safety behind closed doors, balance, exercise, diet choices, the benefits of staying active, issues of living with CHF, dementia, osteoporosis, arthritis, visual deficits, diabetes, and chronic pain. Memory management and/or activities would also benefit a large portion of the population.



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