Care Transitions Collaboration Websites
Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine www.familymedicine.org
Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Healthy Communities and Research https://www.mcw.edu/center-healthy-communities-research-chcr.htm
Columbia St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency Clinic
Project RETURN www.projectreturnmilwaukee.org
Department of Corrections https://doc.wi.gov
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church www.pilgrimrestmilwaukee.org
Invisible Reality Ministries www.irministries.org
College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM)
In the area of reintegration, the support of persons re-entering society is often supplied (especially as a last resort) by middle aged mothers, aunts and older grandmothers. Professor Ellis’ research is in chronic disease self-management for African American women with multiple chronic diseases.
One context variable she studies is family caregiving and its effect on health self-management. Because of the mass incarceration of African American, especially men in Milwaukee, there is a form of caregiving that is essential and common and not experienced by other groups, especially European Americans. There is research that has shown that having a stable place to stay with food, shelter, acceptance is essential for the reintegration process which is long—trying to find employment, attend support groups if available, etc. For that reason, women in the black community need to engage in self-care in order to be able to continue to provide that support.
A Wisconsin Department of Corrections’ Reentry Unit