Two members of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health community have been named UW-Madison Outstanding Women of Color for 2018-19.

Jennifer Edgoose, MD, MPH, an associate professor of family medicine and community health, was recognized for her efforts of more than 20 years to create a definition of “continuity of care” reaching far beyond clinic walls to address food insecurity, educational outcomes, housing issues. and neighborhood perceptions of safety, as well as her devoted mentorship to support the career success of fellow women of color and create a more inclusive and representative health care workforce.

Melissa Metoxen, MS, community and academic support coordinator in the Native American Center for Health Professions, was honored for her committed efforts to forge lasting and mutually respectful relationships between UW-Madison and Native American nations, as well as her success in increasing applications of Native American students to medical school by more than 250 percent.

They and the other honorees were recognized at a ceremony held March 5, marking the 11th year for the celebration of women chosen for their advocacy on behalf of disadvantaged populations; scholarly research on race, ethnicity and indigeneity; and community building.

Read more about this year's award winners from the School of Medicine and Public Health: