Community Outreach and Engagement Office

From developing authentic community and healthcare partnerships to extending our reach to underresourced groups, the goal of the Community Outreach and Engagement Office (COE) is to ensure we are advancing clinical, research, and policy initiatives in alignment with what our community truly needs.

Collaborate With Us

Educational programs, event speakers, and resources are available to help organizations and individuals who are interested in improving health for all.
For information, please email

COE Leadership

Staci A. Young, PhD

Staci Young, PhD

Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement

A lifelong Milwaukeean, Young leads the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement and brings over 25 years of experience in research, advocacy, and leadership to promote equitable health for all, including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and under and uninsured individuals statewide. She is an expert in culturally relevant, community-informed methods to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions to address health disparities, including cancer.

COE Team Members


Debra Nevels, MSHCM

Program Manager, Community Outreach and Engagement

Deb has served as program manager of community outreach and engagement at the MCW Cancer Center since 2019. Her career spans 7 years leading healthcare initiatives at the American Cancer Society to support newly diagnosed cancer patients and decrease the cancer burden across populations.


Raul Romo

Community Engagement Coordinator, Hispanic Outreach

Raul has served in the healthcare community as a medical interpreter for Spanish-speaking patients for more than 15 years. In his current role, he leads Hispanic outreach efforts for communities across Wisconsin.


Melanie Burns

Community Engagement Coordinator, Women’s Health and Faith-based Outreach

Melanie is a leader in volunteer services, with extensive experience guiding program development for non-profit faith-based and healthcare organizations. She is an inspirational public speaker and an advocate for social justice.


Ambrose Wilson-Brown

Community Engagement Coordinator, Men's Health Outreach

Ambrose came to MCW in 2022 after a decade in public service roles in education, health, and well-being. He is using his passion for wellness coaching to support men’s health initiatives in the community, including a support group for prostate cancer survivors.