GHI’s Lori DiPrete Brown, SMPH Dean Robert Golden honored for advancing status of women

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Since 2005, the Women’s Philanthropy Council Champion Awards have honored one man and one woman whose efforts have advanced the status of women at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. The biennial awards will be presented on April 16 to two members of the campus community at the 2016 4W Summit on Women, Gender and Well-being in the Pyle Center’s Alumni Lounge.

Lori DiPrete Brown

Lori DiPrete Brown, associate director for education at the Global Health Institute, directs the University of Wisconsin—Madison 4W Initiative (Women and Well-being in Wisconsin and the World), where her efforts focus on improving the lives of girls and women both locally and around the world. She has helped create a variety of programs designed to address women’s financial independence, sex trafficking, and more.

“I have been fortunate to find myself in a circle of intelligent, spirited, bold women,” says DiPrete Brown. “I am proud of what we have done together and look forward to what we can do in the future. I am deeply honored to receive the WPC Champion Award.”

“I am constantly in awe of Lori’s ability to lead many diverse teams of faculty, students, and practitioners,” says Soyeon Shim, dean of the School of Human Ecology. “She is incredibly intelligent and has boundless energy, enthusiasm, deep knowledge and wide experiences.”

Robert Golden (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Robert Golden (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

“I am deeply honored, if not intimidated, to have my name listed among the outstanding individuals who have supported the advancement of women on this campus,” says Golden. “Inclusivity is absolutely essential if UW–Madison is to achieve its full potential. We must make a conscious commitment to support the advancement of women in order to mitigate the destructive impact of the unconscious biases that remain within all of us.”

“[Golden’s] actions and decisions exemplify his stated longstanding commitment to address health equity issues,” says Elizabeth Petty, senior associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Medicine and Public Health. “He has a visionary and thoughtful leadership style, high degree of emotional intelligence, and honesty and integrity that together promote a culture of respect for and inclusivity of all, including women.”

As part of the award, DiPrete Brown and Golden will each designate a $5,000 grant to a campus initiative benefiting women. DiPrete Brown will devote funds to the 4W Initiative in order to develop student internships and support the work of student organizations. Golden will designate his gift to the Center for Women’s Health Research.

Founded in 1988, the WPC is a program of the UW Foundation. The council pioneered new national standards for women as philanthropists, and it is the first major-gift organization for women at a coeducational institution encouraging women’s gifts to all areas of the university. Part of the council’s mission is to advance women at UW–Madison.

By Ben Corey/ April 7, 2016


Lori DiPrete Brown among Brava’s 30 Women 2 Watch

Lori DiPrete Brown, the Global Health Institute associate director for education and engagement, is among Brava magazine’s 30 Women to Watch (page 54). “This year Brava celebrates 30 inspiring women who will make a positive impact upon the lives of others and our community in 2015,” the magazine reports.

The magazine especially recognizes DiPrete Brown’s work with 4W: For Women and Well-being in Wisconsin and the World, a new initiative pioneered by GHI, the School of Human Ecology and the Department of Women and Gender Studies. Her story: “Improving the Lives of Women Improve the World for All.”

The magazine also featured The School of Human Ecology’s 100 Points of Light (page 80), the glass wall that reflects women’s contributions to the school.

When the Capital Times asked Dean Soyeon Shim her bright idea for 2015, she imagained “a world where all women were granted universal human rights and had an opportunity to pursue financial success and leadership.” 4W is dedicated to jumpstarting a transformation to improve well-being of women and girls.


Contributing to global collaboration and interdisciplinary teamwork

What does it mean to be an effective collaborator in global health?

Lori DiPrete Brown, associate director for education and engagement at the UW-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI), makes recommendations for educators and practitioners in a DiPreteBrown article in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics.

“Presentation of our global education programs at the Consortium of Universities of Global

Students stayed at a meditation center while on a field course in Sri Lanka that also gave them an opportunity to participate photo mapping, a service-learning project and learning about a variety of community projects.,

Students stayed at a meditation center while on a field course in Sri Lanka that also gave them an opportunity to participate photo mapping, a service-learning project and learning about a variety of community projects. (Photo by Sweta Shrestha.)

Health led to an invitation to a national roundtable on inter-professional education and practice,” she says. “Once we came together, we found that we had a great deal to learn and share. I hope this article contributes to a larger conversation about effective global collaboration and interdisciplinary teamwork.”

DiPrete Brown’s work draws on a number of current competency frameworks from the health sciences and beyond. She also looks to her extensive global health experience and lessons learned from UW-Madison global health education programs. The recommendations reflect a holistic approach and GHI’s local-to-global mission and vision.

“GHI defines global health work as work that addresses the global root causes and global impacts of health challenges and disparities wherever they occur,” she writes. The UW-Madison program identifies global health challenges in Wisconsin as well as across the world, and students are challenged “to see the connections between health, behavior, and environment at the personal, local, and global level.”

DiPrete Brown emphasizes tools for place-based study as the foundation for comparative systems approaches to innovation. Her article focuses on scope of practice, encouraging practitioners and students to respect the boundaries of their training and to practice within those boundaries to the fullest extent possible.

Perspective-taking skills, clarity about roles and transparency about decision-making can reduce error and waste, DiPrete Brown writes. They can also dismantle, at least partially, the distorting power differences and biases where they are present.

DiPrete Brown’s recommendations also look beyond skills transfer to encourage educators to create a context for personal growth and reflection about values. Students should “be engaged in an ongoing process of discernment and self discovery, so they can identify their preferences, strengths, values and passions as they pursue global health work,” she writes.

Synthesizing and improving upon the many frameworks for interdisciplinary global health education is challenging, DiPrete Brown writes. However, for leading research universities like UW-Madison, intentional focus on interdisciplinary and inter-professional skills could increase faculty and student engagement in innovative research and practice to improve health and well-being worldwide.

By Ann Grauvogl/ Dec. 18, 2014

GHI leaders help introduce women/wellness initiative to philanthropists

Associate Director Lori DiPrete Brown and Education Associate Sweta Shrestha from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI) will help introduce a new women and wellness initiative during the Women’s Philanthropy Council’s 25th anniversary celebration Sept. 18 and 19.

4W, For Women and Wellness in Wisconsin and the World, a campus-wide initiative to make life better for women and the world better for all, draws on the strengths of the School of Human Ecology, GHI, the Department of Women’s Studies, student organizations and partners from government and civil society. The range of 4W activities will emphasize basic needs and human rights, thriving throughout the life cycle, leadership and empowerment, and the development of strong communities based on principles of eco-justice.

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Health care leaders = hope for the future

Third annual QI Institute

Sixteen global health fellows and project representatives from Africa and eastern Asia developed plans to reduce unwanted pregnancies, improve health care and save lives during a weeklong workshop sponsored by the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The third annual Quality Improvement (QI) Institute brought an international group of fellows and project directors to Madison in August to advance how they provide health care and foster leadership for change, said Lori DiPrete Brown, GHI associate director for Education and Engagement and director of the QI Institute. During the week, they shared their challenges with each other and worked with students, faculty, and staff from UW–Madison, UW Hospitals and Clinics and the UW Medical Foundation as they developed plans to tackle specific problems.

QI provides a framework for health practitioners to identify a process that needs changing, uncover the causes of poor quality, and implement ways to improve care and outcomes. With QI in place, health leaders maximize benefits to well-being without increasing risks, DiPrete Brown said. The process began with a single question: What do you want to change?

The fellows left with a variety of action plans to improve health outcomes.

  • In Ethiopia, for example, a group will use room heaters and regular monitoring to reduce hypothermia among newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit from 55 percent to 10 percent. The goal is to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and reduce deaths.
  • In Nepal, another plan will reduce post-surgical infection rates by a third in a Nepalese hospital that serves 1.9 million people. Posting best sanitation practices and monthly post-surgical infection rate reports are among the recommendations that will reduce patient loads and patient costs, while encouraging patients to undergo critical surgeries and improve their quality of life.
  • In Gambia, a team will improve life skills education for students aged 15 to 19, in an area where seven percent of girls are married by the time they’re 15 and 36 percent by 18. Training staff, setting standards, and establishing consistent class time are the top three priorities.

In working with health leaders from other countries, UW students recognized how much they have to contribute and to learn, DiPrete Brown said. The conversations created a context for information students learned in the classroom. Interacting with students in Madison also encourages international visitors to want to engage with UW–Madison students as partners and learners, DiPrete Brown said. The good reputation of UW–Madison students will lead to engaged learning opportunities and internships at the sites.

Hope for the future

Health care leaders present a great hope for the future, keynote speaker Dr. Sally Kraft, medical director of Quality, Safety and Innovation at UW Health, told the international group. Great leaders combine deep personal humility and intense resolve, she said.

“Be absolutely clear about your purpose and then unwavering in your commitment to that purpose. Live with humility, channeling ambitions to achieving the collective goal.”—Dr. Sally Kraft, on the role of a health care leader

“The best leaders make sure they have the right people on their teams, are brutally honest about reality and unwavering in their faith that their team can succeed,” Kraft said. “They understand what it means to be the best, understand the economics and ignite the passions of the people, she said. And they create a culture of discipline.

The Global Health Institute, supported by a combination of public and private funding, is dedicated to addressing the multi-layered causes of illness and health and discovering sustainable strategies to improve well-being. GHI fosters collaboration to expand the traditional, medical response to international health crises to include environmental, economic, political, and public health issues.

By Ann Grauvogl | Oct 7, 2013