Whitney received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and her bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from Winona State University. Her professional interests include obesity prevention through nutrition and physical activity policy and implementation. During graduate school, Whitney interned at Public Health Madison & Dane County where she completed an immigrant and refugee health care access project, which highlighted the barriers immigrants and refugees face and offered policy recommendations to decrease those barriers. Whitney also interned at End Domestic Abuse WI where she answered legal technical questions and completed a report on Wisconsin’s Mandatory Abuse Reporting Law and proposed policy recommendations to decrease negative impacts on domestic abuse victims. Whitney will complete her fellowship at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services where she will implement both law and public health skills. Preceptor: Stephanie Schauer.
Niki received her MPH in Public Health Policy & Administration from UW-Milwaukee's Zilber School of Public Health and her BS from UW-Madison. She was born and raised in rural Wisconsin, which has fueled her passion for improving rural health issues in the state. As an MPH student, she focused her research and coursework on the rural opioid epidemic and worked for the WI Initiative for Stigma Elimination (WISE), a statewide coalition focused on eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health challenges. She completed her MPH fieldwork at Outagamie County Public Health where she helped them begin the path towards public health accreditation and was involved in various infrastructure pieces. Further, she partnered with the Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin, advocating for value-based financing in Wisconsin's Medicaid system. Niki will be placed with the Wood County Health Department in Central WI where she will focus on her rural health passions regarding substance abuse, mental health, and health in all policies. Preceptor: Kristie Rauter-Egge.
Morgan Krhin received her MPH in Health Behavior Health Promotion from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid College of Public Health and her Bachelor's degree in Spanish with a concentration in Biology from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her professional and research interests include increasing access to health care resources specifically among Latino and immigrant communities, Community Health Worker workforce development, and addressing environmental and occupational health injustices. Prior to graduate school, Morgan worked as a Mobile Clinic Outreach Coordinator for Family Health La Clinica in Wautoma, Wisconsin where she worked collaboratively to provide free health services to migrant workers across the state of Wisconsin. Additionally, Morgan participated in a longitudinal research project at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Wiston-Salem, North Carolina assessing the impact of Organophosphate pesticide exposure on cognitive development among Latino migrant farmworkers. Morgan will complete her fellowship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she will be placed with United Voices working to strengthen community workforces and increase health care accessibility at the city and state level and also with the Milwaukee Health Department supporting infectious disease epidemiology efforts. Preceptors: Sherri Ohly & Marisa Stanley.
Maggie received her Master of Public Health and Public Affairs degrees and Bachelor's degrees in Political Science, International Studies and Global Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As part of her Master's capstone project, she worked with Wisconsin AHEC to evaluate and advance the Community Health Worker model in the state. Professional and academic interests include policy, socioeconomic determinants and political economy of health, health inequities, immigrant health. Maggie has prior experience working with orphaned Roma children in Bulgaria and volunteering in various settings, from the foothills of the Himalayas to the United Nations. Most recently, Maggie worked at the state Bureau of Communicable Diseases where she collaborated with the Tuberculosis and Refugee Health teams to improve processes and build capacity for refugee and immigrant care, connecting underserved populations across Wisconsin to critical health services. Maggie will complete her fellowship at the Office of Policy and Practice Alignment, Wisconsin Division of Public Health. Preceptor: Mimi Johnson.
Cory received his Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the Zilber School of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is passionate about providing evidence that promotes health in all policies, health equity, and population well-being. Prior to graduate school, Cory served as a Rostro de Cristo volunteer where he supported community-led initiatives on the outskirts of Ecuador’s largest city. As a graduate student, Cory worked on several research projects including a longitudinal data analysis of opioid prescribing practices of dentists, a case-control study on breast cancer incidence among young women, and a report on health disparities by socio-economic status in Milwaukee County. Cory is excited to complete his fellowship with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health where he will support the Office of Health Informatics. Preceptor: Milda Aksamitauskas.
Stevie received her Master of Public Health in Health Care Organization and Policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Her professional interests include sexual and reproductive health, perinatal epidemiology, and rural health disparities. Prior to graduate school, Stevie worked as a program coordinator for the Healthy Start Coalition of Florida where she led community outreach and educational programs in maternal and child health. As a graduate research assistant, she researched the roles of social norms and reproductive stigma in pregnancy decision-making in Birmingham, Alabama and investigated the relationship between maternal nativity and birth outcomes. Stevie will complete her fellowship at Public Health Madison & Dane County where she will work to strengthen community partnerships and improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes as well as contribute support for Quality Improvement initiatives in the Community Health Division. Preceptors: Mary Michaud and Carl Meyer
Janine received her Master of Public Health from the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University. Prior to graduate school, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at a free healthcare clinic in rural Minnesota where she secured grant funding and worked to develop mental health, wellness, and optical services. Janine has global health experience in Honduras working with a birth center to promote birth preparedness and in Costa Rica implementing healthy lifestyle programs among community members. Janine will complete her Fellowship with Ministry Health Care and Marathon County Health Department where she will focus primarily on obesity prevention initiatives and development of the community health improvement plan. Preceptors: Judy Burrows, Julie Hladky, and Joan Theurer
Britt received her Master of Public Health from the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. As an MPH student, her research focus was on sexual violence prevention with an internship consisting of a mixed-method study evaluating female undergraduate students’ perspectives of sexual violence in bars and subsequent help-seeking behaviors. Prior to her graduate studies, she taught sex education as a Community Health Educator with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and served in rural Peru as a youth development volunteer in the Peace Corps. Britt will complete her fellowship with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health where she will support the Chronic Disease Prevention Program. Preceptor: Mary Pesik
Janice received her Master of Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. For her master’s project she worked with the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to analyze 10 years’ worth of data for changes in antimicrobial resistance patterns in bovine Salmonellosis. While pursuing a certificate in Global Health, Janice helped the Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin conduct their Community Needs Assessment in their mission to alleviate poverty in Dane, Waukesha and Jefferson counties. Prior to pursuing her MPH, Janice spent several years in veterinary clinical practice. Janice will be placed with both the Division of Public Health’s AIDS/HIV Section of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases & Emergency Response and with the Wisconsin Center for Public Health Education and Training (WiCPHET) at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. With the AIDS/HIV Program, she will be working primarily on disease surveillance, community outreach and improving care. At WiCPHET, Janice will be serving as project coordinator, helping to build public health workforce capacity in Wisconsin. Preceptors: Barbara Duerst and Katarina Grand
Fiona received her Master of Science in Public Health with a certificate in maternal and child health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is skilled in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and has a passion for perinatal health with a special interest in health equity and health disparities, especially as these relate to the social determinants of health. Fiona is excited to serve her hometown in her fellowship placements with the Milwaukee Health Department in the division of Family and Community Health and with the Institute for Child and Family Well-being. In these capacities, Fiona will contribute to the dissemination of evidence-based practice for the promotion of family wellbeing in Wisconsin. Preceptors: Jessica Gathirimu and Joshua Mersky