Marisa Stanley is the Infectious Disease Epidemiologist at
the City of Milwaukee Health Department and the current preceptor for Evelyn
Sharkey. The health department’s mission
is to “ensure that services are available to enhance the health of individuals
and families, promote healthy neighborhoods, and safeguard the health of the
Milwaukee community.” Marisa contributes
to this mission by overseeing programs that focus on preventing and controlling
the spread of communicable diseases in Milwaukee.
Though Marisa’s previous background was primarily in
infectious disease epidemiology, participating in the Fellowship gave her an
opportunity to contribute to projects in a variety of subject areas. These projects included writing a request for
proposals for an oral health education feasibility study; serving as the
interim manager and epidemiologist for a project on tobacco policy, systems,
and environmental changes with Wisconsin tribal communities; and—the
accomplishment she is most proud of—heading the initiative to pass and
implement expedited partner therapy legislation in Wisconsin. To Marisa, being able to explore different
areas of public health that she may not have known she was interested
in—effectively, to create her own job description—was the most valuable part of
her Fellowship experience.
Marisa is a Wisconsin native, originally from the Eau
Claire, WI, area. She has lived in
Milwaukee since 2013. In her free time, Marisa likes hiking and
otherwise enjoying the outdoors, attending music shows, and playing fetch with her
cats (one of which she got while working as a Fellow in Lac du Flambeau).