Cathy Bril, PA-C, MPAS

1700 Building, 128

(414) 288-0609


PHAS 7117: Cultural Diversity in Health Care

Special Course: Presentations


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.

City on a Hill Health Clinic

Contact: Kirstin Gaskin
Phone: (443) 985-1251


Address:  2224 West Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee

Description of Agency: City on a Hill is a faith-based nonprofit organization located in the heart of Milwaukee, working as a catalyst to bring transformation to individuals, families and neighborhoods in the central city. Through a collaborative and Christ-centered model of service, City on a Hill works to restore hope, reduce poverty,strengthen families, and foster racial reconciliation. Their priorities include: educating youth,empoweringparents,equipping leaders for urban ministry, and engaging churches in social justice.

The City on a Hill Health Clinic is staffed by more than 100 volunteers, including helping professionals and volunteers from a large number of academic institutions, churches and other organizations who have a heart for the poor and a desire to make a difference.

Population: The volunteer team provides a wide range of vital services in a diverse community where many people of all ages are struggling with poverty and are uninsured.

Description of Project: A group of students will attend the Monthly Health Clinic at the City on a Hill, where they will interact with a more diverse number of people for shorter periods of times.  You are responsible for creating handouts or pamphlets to deliver to the population, while remaining at the same booth the entirety of your assigned time.  This presentation is less formal and should be more interactive with the group. The topics of the presentations will be decided with the site contact or staff in the initial meeting.

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.

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.

Jewish Home & Care Center – Adult Day Center

Address: 1414 N. Prospect Avenue

Contact: Beth Draper
Phone: (414) 277-8848

Description of Agency: At the Jewish Home and Care Center, residents are in the center of a circle of caring that includes family and friends, physicians and medical professionals, and the professional caregivers of the Home. Residents and their family members are invited to take an active role in the residents' care plans, and family meetings are scheduled on a regular basis that includes the residents. Unlike a hospital or acute-care setting, staff at the Jewish Home has a unique opportunity to form long-term relationships with individual residents. The Adult Day Center is a safe, structured and nurturing environment where a loved one can enjoy the social interaction of peers, while providing caretakers and families the freedom they need. At the Adult Day Center, we understand what it takes to care for a loved one with the beginnings of dementia and the emotional needs of a socially isolated adult.

Population: Seniors from a variety of faith backgrounds with a wide range of needs, including those in early stages of memory loss or desiring social interaction

Description of Project: Possible topics include wellness and exercise, nutrition, falls awareness, 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.

Lutheran Home- Adult Day Center and Early Bird Club (2 groups)

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.

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 at-risk 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

Pan-African Community Association (PACA)

Contact: Michael Grochowski
Phone: 414-442-5864


Address: 4063 N 64th St. Unit A Milwaukee, WI 53216

Description of Agency: Established in 1999, the Pan-African Community Association is a non-profit organization that centers on providing support, resources, and services to recent African refugees and immigrants. One of the association’s main goals is to provide its clients with support as they make a smooth transition to American Society, while preserving and maintaining their African cultural values and beliefs. According to the Executive Director of the program, there are nearly 7,000 to 10,000 African immigrants living in the Milwaukee area. As a result of their transition to the Milwaukee area, many of these individuals face challenges including cultural misunderstandings and lack of communication abilities with school and community officials, making it difficult to find necessary resources. To assist these individuals, PACA has an after school tutoring program that works with an average of 25 grade school and high school students each day.

Population: African refugee children and teens in the after-school program

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

Rescue Mission

Contact: Chuck Schumacher
Phone: 414.935.0234.

Address: 830 N. 19th St. Milwaukee, WI 53213

Description of Agency: There are three program divisions within the Milwaukee Rescue Mission: Safe Harbor, Joy House, and CrossTrainers Academy. Safe Harbor provides food, clothing and shelter for homeless men along with long-term recovery programs. The Joy House gives food, shelter and support to women and children, both in a short term emergency program (New Life Program) and in a transitional living program (Fresh Start). CrossTrainers Academy is a participant in the Milwaukee Parental CHOICE Program and offers a quality Christian education to the city’s at-risk children.

Population: Men, women and children who are affected my homelessness in Milwaukee 

Description of Project:  Students will meet with the Rescue Mission staff to talk about issues that the residents face at the shelter and how the students may assist them to address and combat these health care issues.  The students and staff will choose an appropriate topic to present on to either the Men’s division or the Women and Children’s division at the shelter.

Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning

Contact: Kristin Annen (Social Worker) and Crystal Hoecherl (School Nurse)
Phone: (414) 304-6800


Address: 1017 N. 12th Street

Description of Agency: Wisconsin Conservatory of Life Long Learning is a K-12 year round MPS School. The mission of WCLL is to develop children, who are diverse in cultural and ethnic backgrounds, ability levels and learning styles, into caring individuals and responsible citizens. WCLL provides quality education through a cooperative relationship of home, school and community. It is their goal to empower students to meet the global challenges of today and realize the dreams of tomorrow. WCCL is conveniently located just north of Aurora Sinai Hospital on 12th Street and is an easy walk from Marquette’s campus.

Population: A variety of students in grades K4-12 with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, ability levels and learning styles.

Description of Project: Students will work with the school social worker and the school nurse to develop a health promotion project for the students.  Please email both Kristin Annen and Crystal Hoecherl to set up the initial meeting.


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Marquette University Service Learning
P.O. Box 1881
707 N. 11th St. Room 303
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881

Phone Number: (414) 288-0250
Fax Number: (414) 288-3259

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