2005 - 2007 Cohort


DeAnnah Byrd

Led a project funded by the American Cancer Society to learn how African-Americans and their caregivers respond to cancer diagnoses. Based on that information, DeAnnah made recommendations on how the Cancer Society’s Patient Navigation system could be improved to better serve patient needs. This project included a survey of hundreds of Milwaukee area cancer patients as well as focus groups of patient, family caregivers and health providers.

Post Fellowship: DeAnnah is a doctoral student at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California Los Angeles.



David earned a MPH from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Huston and a Doctor of Education from Teachers College of Columbia University.. During his Fellowship he led a CDC-funded study and follow-up intervention project on the sexual understanding of Milwaukee African-American adolescents. David wrote the grant proposal and led the study and intervention with the assistance of local teen investigators, MPH students and a first year Fellow. David completed an analysis of the relationship between Apgar scores and post-hospital discharge deaths of infants in Milwaukee. This study was an important element of the State and Milwaukee partnership to increase healthy birth outcomes. David also joined the Board of the Latino Health Coalition and helped to organize a Farmer’s Market on the city’s Southside.

Post Fellowship: David is Director of Capacity Building, Research and Evaluation at Latino Commission on AIDS



Matt received his MS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Population Health Sciences in 2005. He completed his Fellowship at the Wisconsin DPH Bureau of Health Policy and Information. He led a number of projects including the development of an on-line database of county key health indicators. He also led a research group focused on improving healthy birth outcomes for Milwaukee and was selected as the Division’s representative to the CDC Prevention Conference. 

 Post Fellowship: Matt is Vice President of Compliance at Meridian Behavioral Health, LLC



Pa Chia graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in 2005. She completed her Fellowship with the La Crosse County Health Department’s office of Nutrition Services. Pa Chia focused on wellness education and nutrition education for newly arrived Hmong refugees. She also helped lead an initiative for water fluoridation in the Holmen community.

Post Fellowship: Pa Chai is Community Health Project Manager at the University of Minnesota Medical Center