Course and site listing for Catherine Bril

PHAS 7117: Cultural Diversity in Health Care

*Special Course - Presentations*


Agency: Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility

Contact: Michelle Bones

Phone: 414-212-6880



Address: 1015 N. 10th St. (10th and State)

Description of Agency: MSDF is a holding facility for probation/parole violators, operated by the Department of Corrections, Division of Adult Institutions. The mission of the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility is to provide detention, accountability, and programming to adult male felons in a safe secure institution, while being responsive to all criminal justice stakeholders and the community. This facility, while it is statutorily an adult institution, operates in a similar manner to that of a jail operation. Unlike a Department of Corrections institution, the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility accepts offenders 24 hours a day, much like a county jail. The facility has an intake booking/objective classification process closely resembling that of a county jail unlike other institutions where all offenders are sent to the Dodge Correctional Institution for Assessment and Evaluation. The Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility has a capacity of 1048 offenders. Of that number 800 beds are secure detention beds for men who have been on supervision in the community and violated conditions of supervision. Other offender groups include those in need of transportation to Dodge Correctional for processing into the State Prison System. There are also 210 additional beds that are part of an AODA inpatient program. The average stay in the general holding cells is 67 days. The average stay in the AODA program is 6 months.

Population: Incarcerated men and women

Description of Project: Students will meet with the unit manager of the women’s or men’s units to decide on a topic. Possibilities for presentations include women’s health, warning signs of stroke, cardiac health, fitness & wellness demonstration, etc.

Agency: Central City Churches

Contact: Alicia Ellis

                Phone: 414.342.1522



Address: 3022 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Description of Agency: Central City Churches Outreach Ministry is a neighborhood outreach ministry for the surrounding Milwaukee community. It assists people who are in need of housing, food, employment services, and companionship. Service Learners would need an open mind and an open heart for this placement. The core of this ministry is hospitality, respect, and compassion. It aims to respond faithfully to its neighbors and their emergent needs with direct service, information and referral.

Population: CCC are a diverse congregation made up of people with widely differing life stories and experiences. The population is 50% male, 20% seniors, and 30% women & children. The ethnic diversity is represented as 70% African-American, 20% Caucasian-American, and 10% Hispanic American.

Description of Project: Students will discuss the warning signs of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, etc. and also give information that would help the caregiver address these illnesses in their patients.

Agency: Our Space

Contact: Colleen M. Aird

                Phone: 414-383-8921



Address: 1527 W. National Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53204

Description of Agency: Our Space is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower adults who have experienced mental illness to attain a more meaningful life by offering quality programs and services, which promote recovery, rehabilitation, and renewal. Our Space is based on a membership and peer support concept, which creates a circle of wellness that enhances connectivity, self-determination, and reintegration. Programs offered include occupational therapy, pre-vocational, educational, recreational, and psycho-socialization services.

Population: Our Space serves adults with mental illnesses.

Description of Project: Some possible topics that would benefit the population include diabetes management, healthy weight loss, nutrition, etc. Students may also work with the Wellness group at Our Space facilitated by the Activities Coordinator. Students will be meeting with both Colleen and the Activities Coordinator to finalize appropriate topics and make sure the selected topics are have not recently been covered in detail by the Wellness group.

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: Repairers of the Breach Medical Clinic

Contact: Debbie Minsky-Kelly

                Phone: 414-342-1065



Address: 1334 W. Vilet Street

Description of Agency: Repairers of the Breach Medical Clinic serves a homeless population in Milwaukee’s central city. The clinic is run primarily through volunteers and students, providing primary medical care as well as preventative health education programs.

Population: The clinic serves both a homeless population and adult residents of our inner city neighborhood. The patient population is largely African American, with 80% of that group being male.

Description of Project: Presentations addressing preventative health and the importance of practicing preventative health behaviors.

Agency: The Indian Council of the Elderly

Contact: Jone Stromberg

            Phone: (414) 933-1401


Address: 3126 W. Kilbourn Ave – meals served at Redeemer Lutheran Church (19th and Wisconsin)

Description of Agency:  The Indian Council of the Elderly currently provides a congregate meal on Mondays and Fridays at Lutheran Redeemer Church (19th and Wisconsin). Meals are served at 11:30 a.m. and participants arrive between 10 and 10:30 a.m to socialize. The first Monday and Friday of the month they offer an evening meal (instead of the 11:30 a.m. serving) served at 5:00 p.m. and most participants arrive by 4:00 p.m. The best opportunity to address their Elders and guests would be at 10:30 a.m. for the day meal and 4:00 p.m. for the evening meal. Staff of course are at the meal site early, 7:00 a.m for day meals and 1:00 p.m. for evening meals.

Population: Indian Elders and community members in the Indian community

Description of Project: Range of possible topics including nutrition, diet, preventative health.

Agency: Dryhootch of America

Contact: Mark Flower

            Phone: (414) 416-7651



Address: 1030 E. Brady St.

Description of Agency: Dryhootch was begun by veterans and family members to insure the newest generation of warriors and their families get the support they deserve. In order to offer the social healing space that is so important to recovery from PTSD and alcoholism and drug addiction, Dryhootch offers a supportive environment in the form of a coffee shop. Veterans and family members can come to enjoy a cup of coffee, music, art, and the camaraderie of others. They learn of programs available to them to aid in their transition home, while enjoying the support of those who have navigated the path before them, which eases them in the programs or services they need without the stigma of a “disorder”. Dryhootch programs and services include Veteran peer mentoring, conversation over coffee, legal help, housing assistance, family peer mentoring, addiction support groups, music, art and writing.

Population: Individuals from the Veteran community, family members, and others interest in Veteran related topics.

Description of Project: A variety of mentoring groups are held on PTSD, addiction, family support, survivors of suicide, veterans over 60, and woman veteran issues. The veteran led support groups discuss a wide range of topics, all possibilities for presentation, including combat stress, family support, mental health topics, relapse prevention, drug and alcohol abuse, physical exercise, job skills, etc.

Agency: United Community Center – Human Services Department

Contact: Marisol Cervera

            Phone: (414) 384-3100



Address: 1028 South 9th Street (main entrance)

Description of Agency: The Human Services Department at the United Community Center was founded in 1979 in response to increasing demands for bilingual and culturally competent programs for Hispanics and other minorities with alcohol and other drug abuse problems. In the thirty years since the department's inception, the reach of our services has extended beyond alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) treatment to include programs that offer a variety of mental health services, including outpatient treatment and mental health services targeted specifically at the elderly population. The mission of the UCC Human Services Department is to empower and educate clients while supporting them so they have the ability to change their situations. They want to aid clients in regaining the capability to take care of themselves and others to build up their confidence and happiness on a physical and emotional level.

Population: UCC Human Services Department serves a population within Milwaukee County of 80% Hispanic clients with more than 40% of the total population at or below the poverty level.

Description of Project: Students will meet with Marisol Cervera in the Human Services Department on Wednesday, February 20th or 27th to discuss possible topics and the presentation.

*Students must complete the Volunteer Waiver form and return to Ali Hause before meeting with Marisol.*

Agency: Pan-African Community Association (PACA)

Contact: Michael Grochowski

Phone: (414) 442-5864



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


By Bus: Take the BLU Bus towards Fdl-National Metroexpress – To Park Pl./Liberty. Get off at Fonddulac and Ely and walk toward N 56th St. Turn left on N 56th St. followed by right onto W Hope Ave. Continue to walk to N 64th St. and turn left. Site will be one block past Morse Marshall High School on your right.

By Car: Head west on Wisconsin Ave., turn right at 16th St. and continue on to North 17th St. Turn left onto West Fon Du Lac Ave. Turn left on West Capitol Dr. Turn right on N 64th St. Site will be on the left, and parking is located in the back.

Approximate Travel By Car: 15 minutes

Approximate Travel By Bus: 45 minutes

Description of Agency: Established in 2007, 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 holds tutoring classes for approximately 30 grade school and high school students and also assists African immigrants with educational, housing, and other needs.

Population: African refugees and immigrants

Description of Project: Health promotion focused on cultural adjustment-related health issues faced by refugees and immigrants

Agency: International Learning Center

Contact : Kerri Richlen

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 who speak little or no English.

Description of Project: Students will present to students in Kerri Richlen’s beginning English class, which takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8pm. In order to reach the students who speak little or no English, presenters need to have hands-on material or many visual aids.





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Marquette University Service Learning
P.O. Box 1881
1102 W. Wisconsin Ave. Room 303
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881

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

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