2016-2018 Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellowship Program Cohort Chosen

The Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellowship Program is a two-year service and training program designed for individuals in the fields of public health and allied sciences. Five new fellows began their fellowship experience in July. The 2016-2018 cohort includes:

Stevie Burrows

Karina Atwell

Stevie received her MPH in Health Care Organization and Policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health and her Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University. 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 Foggia

Karina AtwellJanine received her MPH 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 Nigon

Karina Atwell

Britt received her MPH 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 Valenzuela

Karina Atwell

Janice received her MPH 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 Grande

Fiona Weeks

Karina Atwell

Fiona received her MS 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

For more information on the Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellowship Program, visit wiphfellowship.org