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Farrin Bridgewater Tribute & Honor

Saturday, May 6, 2017  
Posted by: Ron Cisler, Center for Urban Population Health
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Ms. Farrin Bridgewater, Research Specialist with the College of Health Sciences and the Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH), passed away on Sunday, April 9th.

Farrin was an integral part of the CUPH staff. She began as an intern during her undergraduate work at Alverno College and then as a student employee during her master’s degree at UWMilwaukee. I had the distinct privilege of serving personally on Ms. Bridgewater’s thesis mentoring team; I was immensely impressed with her tenacity and persistence in finishing her degree. She was then hired as a Research Specialist at CUPH working with the Center collectively for more than 8 years. She worked on a long list of projects and touched so many people. Most notably, she was essential to the annual Center flagship publication, The Milwaukee Health Report and for the creation of a state wide data and program repository of initiatives working to improve disparities in birth-outcomes.

Farrin inspired us all in overcoming challenges with muscular dystrophy and her contagious spirit and positive accomplishments were remarkable despite these challenges. I remember many times a group of us, including Farrin, would discuss possible work products and then oftentimes she would come to a follow-up meeting with much of the project completed and ready for our feedback. Farrin also worked behind the scenes to promote the Center and make our website more navigable and our community health information more user-friendly. I remember asking Farrin to co-present with me at a City-wide function for healthy birth outcomes and her giving me her wry, nervous smile when she found out that Mayor Barrett was in attendance. She and our team were well-received and she told me later how much she appreciated the “push” in getting her out front-and-center on our work.

We all felt honored to know and work with Farrin – she will be missed immensely but her work at CUPH and with the community will live on. A synopsis of Farrin’s expertise is provided below and also at

The family has asked that donations be directed to Independence First, 540 S. 1st Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204.

Sincerely, Ron A. Cisler, Ph.D., M.S. Dean and Professor

Please view the full memorial letter for Farrin, by clicking here.

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