Evelyn Sharkey, MPH, MSW
Population Health Service Fellow, 2014-2016
What were you up to prior to your Fellowship?
After college, I joined
Teach for America and taught high school science in Baltimore, MD, for 2 years.
Teaching and living in Baltimore was an invaluable experience that has really
shaped what I want to do with my career/life, first with helping me decide to go back to school for public health and social work. I got my MPH and MSW
degrees from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, which is
where I was right before moving to Wisconsin for the Fellowship.
What inspired you to take the Fellowship route
rather than a different type of job/school/etc.?
I decided to take the
Fellowship route—the Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellowship in
particular—because of the mentorship, support, and peer network provided by all
of the staff, faculty, preceptors, and fellows involved. I’m so appreciative of
the opportunity the Fellowship provides to hone my skills and gain experience
in the areas of public health that I think will best prepare me for the next
stage in my career.
What are your main areas of interest within
My main area of
interest in public health is epidemiology, and how it can be used to address health inequalities and inequities.
What is one thing (or many!) that you are working
on right now in your Fellowship?
I recently started a
secondary Fellowship placement with the
Community Health Improvement for Milwaukee’s Children (CHIMC) project, a
community-based research study that aims to address disparities in
immunization rates among children in Milwaukee. I’m excited to add this
placement, which ties in nicely with the immunization-related projects I’ve
worked on at the City of Milwaukee Health Department (my initial placement).
In addition to my work
with CHIMC—which will mostly involve conducting a survey of the immunization
practices and policies of daycare agencies in Milwaukee and analyzing
enrollment, recruitment, and outcomes of the overall CHIMC initiative—I’m
continuing my work with the City of Milwaukee Health Department. Right now I’m conducting
an analysis of disparities in rates of gastrointestinal illness among children
in Milwaukee, overseeing the provider- and public-focused activities of a HPV
vaccine grant received by the Immunize Milwaukee! Coalition, and working with a
public health practicum student on a consumer food safety survey.
Do you read a public health journal/blog/website
regularly? If so, what?
What do you like best about living in Milwaukee?
Summer is a great time to be in Milwaukee—there are so many festivals and special events (it is the "City of Festivals," after all!). Also, I’m a big fan of
going out to eat all year long, and Milwaukee has some great restaurants; some
of my favorites are Beans & Barley, Honeypie, and Purple Door Ice Cream
(not technically a restaurant, but it has delicious ice cream).