About Us

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From proposal development to project dissemination, we help you maximize the impact and relevance of your work by helping you effectively engage with the community around you.

We lift up the value of community wisdom in research to nurture partnerships between researchers and community members. By bringing these groups together, we can enhance the quality, cultural applicability, and visibility of your research. That way, you can create a more meaningful impact.

We’ve worked with research teams across the country. Here is what they have to say:

“From a researcher standpoint, there’s no way I could assemble a group like that… It would be years of relationship and trust-building. To be able to tap into that resource is incredible. CARDS shows up so genuinely, are so engaged and so generous with their input. They put so much trust in researchers and are so open with us.”

Simon Goldberg
Center for Healthy Minds

“I tell everyone who will listen that the CARDS meeting was the most valuable experience from our year of pilot testing our new curriculum. Thanks to the feedback we received we made significant improvements. The program would not be as robust and successful as it is today without the detailed and thoughtful feedback we received from CARDS.”

Jenny Abel
UW-Madison Division of

 “I enjoyed the CARDS’ ability to see the vision of the work and provide really critical feedback on a conceptual and abstract level; we were able to create a shared understanding of the model and principles and then the CARDS was able to give great suggestions on clear language, elements that are missing, etc.”

Laura Block
UW-Madison School of
Medicine and Public Health

WINRS knows that community involvement is vital in producing rigorous research that promotes connectivity, discovery, and inclusion. That’s why we partner with local Madison community centers and other Wisconsin nonprofit organizations in our work with the Community Advisors on Research Design and Strategies (CARDS) and Board of Older Adult Advisors (BOAAs).

WINRS supports any project or research team that wants to engage with the community. See below for a sample list of recent WINRS projects.


  • The Development and Piloting of the Breastfeeding and Employment Study Implementation Guide (BESt-ING) – Beth Olson, UW-Madison College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, Nutritional Sciences


  • Reducing breast cancer imaging disparities experienced by minority women – Anand Narayan, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Survey of cancer screening in incarcerated women – Grace Blitzer, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Increasing Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Patients’ Engagement in Breast Cancer Surgery Decision Making through a Shared Decision Making Intervention – Heather Neuman, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Childhood Nutrition

  • Co-development of a recruitment poster for a childhood nutrition research study – Allison Couture, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Community-based Healthcare

  • Creating Communities of Care through Community-Based Public Health Nursing – Linda Denise Oakley, UW-Madison School of Nursing

Community-engaged Research

  • Just Research: Testing a Pro-Diversity, Socially Normative Educational Intervention to Promote Inclusive Research Practices among Investigators and Research Staff – Susan Passmore, UW-Madison School of Nursing
  • Validating Health Equity Benefits from the Translational Science Benefits Model with Community Members – Shannon Casey, UW-Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

Community Engagement with Law Enforcement

  • Community engagement in contemplative training and research with law enforcement – Dan Grupe, UW-Madison Center for Healthy Minds


  • Developing the Survey Instrument: Recognizing Access and Management Associated Diabetes Adversities in Nationwide Muslims in the US (RAMADAN) – Asma Ali, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Eye Health

  • Implementation of Teleophthalmology in Rural Health Systems – Yao Liu, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Heart Disease

  • A stakeholder-engaged approach to cardiovascular disease prevention in the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe – Anupama Joseph, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Feasibility and Acceptability of Accessible Congenital Heart Disease Survivor Transition Readiness for Long-Term Health – Krisjon Olson, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Piloting an Accessible Care Model to Reduce Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease Patients Lost in Transition to Adult Care- Krisjon Olson, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Accessible Transition Readiness Assessment (aTRA): Adapting an Intervention for Congenital Heart Disease Survivors with Disabilities – Catherine Allen and Krisjon Olson, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Creating Long-Term Health Parity by Closing the Gender Gap in Critical Congenital Heart Disease – Krisjon Olson, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health


  • Shared experiences surrounding mobility and feedback on a prototype medical grade cane – Sybil Berry

Organ transplantation

  • A liver for a kidney: Exploring the feasibility and ethics of trans-organ exchange – Carrie Thiessen, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Pregnancy and Prenatal Care

  • Identifying Outcomes and Implementation Strategies to Optimize Prenatal Care Coordination – Katie Gillespie, UW-Madison School of Nursing
  • Crisis pregnancy centers infographic – UW-Madison Collaborative for Reproductive Equity


  • Psychedelic Outcomes: Interaction of Environment, Self-Identity, and Success (POIESIS) – Cody Wenthur, UW-Madison School of Pharmacy
  • Exploring Attitudes and Perceptions related to Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy among Underrepresented Cancer Patients – Megan Miller, UW-Madison School of Nursing
  • Psylocybin for Opioid Study – Randy Brown, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Tobacco use research

  • Reducing Racial Disparities in Smoking: The Milwaukee Collaboration – Megan Piper, UW-Madison Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention
  • Addressing disparities in tobacco treatment: A pilot study to understand cancer patients’ diverse experiences of tobacco cessation services – Rachel Grob, Jane Evered, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health


  • Promoting cognitive flexibility/emotional regulation, restoring well-being and preventing suicidality through wake meditation and temporal interference electrical stimulation during sleep – UW-Madison Center for Healthy Minds
  • Machine Learning to Predict Well-being – UW-Madison Center for Healthy Minds
  • Optimizing human and just-in-time digital support in app-based meditation training for depression and anxiety – Simon Goldberg, UW-Madison Center for Healthy Mind