Mary Bennett, MFA
Community Coach

Mary Bennett Mary is a Community Coach at County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Mary’s role is to provide strategic guidance to communities that want to put the County Health Rankings into action for community health improvement. She is part of a team that develops online tools to connect communities to evidence-informed strategies and foster peer learning, delivers technical assistance and training, and recognizes and celebrates health improvement.

Mary lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Prior to joining the Population Health Institute, Mary worked with non-profit organizations for over 25 years, primarily focusing on improving the treatment of chronic pain through raising awareness and promoting the best pain policy, legislation, and practice. Most recently she was the Director of Alliance Development with the Pain Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS). Mary previously worked with both healthcare professional and consumer-driven organizations where she managed all aspects of a national, state-based health advocacy network. This included supporting state leaders with consultation, resources and training to create positive change in their communities, as well as providing links to national issues and efforts. Mary has received national recognition for her work, and currently serves on the board of the Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC).

Mary was a Fulbright Scholar in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she leveraged art-making as a means of intercultural exchange. Mary is a sculptor who has exhibited her bronze, glass, and neon art in the United States and internationally.

Mary received Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Contact Information

Mary Bennett
UW Population Health Institute
610 Walnut Street, 532 WARF
Madison, WI 53726

Phone: (608) 265-3045
Fax: (608) 263-5243
Email: mary.bennett@match.wisc.edu