University of Wisconsin–Madison
Area Health Education Centers
Area Health Education Centers

Chronic Preventive Care Rotation (CPC)

Community engagement projects for 3rd year medical students (UWSMPH)

The PCC community Engagement project serves as a vital thread in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s (UW SMPH) transformation. All 3rd-year UW SMPH medical students participate during their enrollment in the Primary Care Clerkship.


Community partners located throughout the state of Wisconsin with appropriate projects are identified by AHEC regional site coordinators. The types of projects can include: health careers mentoring, health education in school or community settings, enhancing access to health care, or ongoing health initiatives. Each medical student is placed in one of the approved community settings and provides a service to fill a need identified by the community partner.


The PCC students are required to actively participate in the project for a minimum of 24 hours over eight weeks. It is necessary to remain professional while serving as a representative of both the University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin AHEC. A peer presentation (recorded) and reflective paper is completed by each student at the end of the project.

Academic Goals:

Each student will have the opportunity to observe health disparities for specific populations and identify public health topics. From these experiences, students will gain insights and skills during their projects that are important to future patient care.

Funding – UW Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Grant:

AHEC has received funding through the UW Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Grant (2012-2015; Keri Robbins serves as principal investigator) to support local community projects conducted by PCC students across the state. Each medical student can request up to $50 for project implementation, in consultation with the regional AHEC’s community projects placement coordinator.

Honors / Awards:

UW-Madison University/ Community Partnership Award

Past Projects

Improving Communication between the City of Milwaukee Health Department and Aurora’s Walker’s Point Clinic in the management of patients with latent tuberculosis infection
Community Gardens Primary Care Project
Elder Mental Health & Well-being at the St. Croix Indian Reservation
Mentally Ill Homeless – A Tailored Smoking Cessation Pilot
Tanning, Tattooing, and Body Piercing: Separating the Myths from the Facts