2023 WREN Conference

2023 WREN Conference

Friday, June 2, 2023
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Arboretum Visitor Center
2880 Longenecker Drive

Including Historically Underrepresented Populations in Primary Care Research

On Friday, June 2nd, nearly 75 people engaged in collective learning for the 2023 WREN Conference, Including Historically Underrepresented Populations in Primary Care Research, which was held at the UW Madison Arboretum Visitor Center in Madison.

The Arboretum served as an appropriate backdrop to learn about projects using community engagement and collaboration with historically underrepresented populations in primary care research; network with colleagues to discuss best practices and identify opportunities for collaboration in primary care research and understand ways to successfully collaborate on research projects with community members through a panel discussion.

Keynote Speaker

Michelle Robinson, PhD, MS; Director, Office of Health Equity (OHE), Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).  The Historical and Contemporary Context of Medical Distrust and What It Will Take to Repair (PDF slides).

James DeLine, MD, LaFarge Medical Clinic-Vernon Memorial Healthcare. Opportunities for Primary Care Research in Rare Disorders – My Experience with the Amish & Mennonite Communities (PDF slides).

Panel Discussion


Earlise Ward, PhD, Professor, UW Madison – Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH) will talk about Real World Examples of Conducting Research in Historically Underrepresented Communities.


Yohualli B. Anaya, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, UW Madison – Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH)

Al Castro, MS, CSW, Program Director at the United Community Center Milwaukee, WI, UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Co-CCHE Research Ambassador

Gale Johnson, MPA, Director, Wisconsin Well Woman Program, Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Maichou Lor, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, UW Madison School of Nursing.

Small Discussion Groups

Panel members led small discussion groups allowing conference participants more in-depth conversation.

Conference Photos

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.843026403873855

Convocation of Practices

The WREN Convocation of Practices provides a forum for WREN associates to receive updates on current and future projects, present preliminary study results, and conduct WREN business.

Wisconsin Research & Education Network (WREN)

Contact Information

For more information or to support our work, please contact:

Wisconsin Research & Education Network
UW Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
610 N Whitney Way, STE 200
Madison, WI 53705-2700

(608) 262-1112