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At the inception of the WAI Regional Milwaukee Office in 2008, the Community Advisory Board (CAB) was formed to be a voice to, and from, the community. This Board serves as counsel to the University of Wisconsin (UW) and WAI Regional Milwaukee Office team on outreach, research retention/recruitment strategies, and advises on barriers to research participation.



  • Provide a voice for the community
  • Counsel the UW and WAI team on outreach and research recruitment strategies that are culturally sensitive
  • Identify and address barriers to research participation by under-represented populations
  • Support the recruitment and retention of research subjects
  • Become a conduit for supporting Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) in the community

Excerpt of Activities

  • Provides meaningful insight and support to UW investigators on research projects; resulting in funding for those projects provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Recognized by the UW and Aurora researchers for its expertise and recommendations on innovative research proposals for the African American community
  • Guidance was instrumental in the UW hiring an African American scientist in Alzheimer’s disease

Funding Needs

$50,000/year for 2 years

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