Alison Bergum

Position title: Associate Researcher


Phone: (608) 263-2624

Alison Bergum, MPA
UW Population Health Institute
610 Walnut Street, 520 WARF
Madison, WI 53726

Alison is the Team Director for What Works for Health (WWFH), a searchable online database that provides community leaders, coalitions, and others with promising strategies to respond effectively to their health priorities. In WWFH, analysts systematically assess, summarize, and rate evidence for policies and programs that can affect health behaviors, social & economic factors, the physical environment, and clinical care. This research and translation effort was initially developed with funding from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and expanded to support the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program in 2012.

Prior to this project, Alison served as lead staff for the privacy and consumer-related activities of Wisconsin’s eHealth Care Quality and Patient Safety Board (now the WIRED for Health Board) and partnered with the Wisconsin Departments of Health Services (DHS) and Public Instruction (DPI) to design and implement evaluations of various efforts, including: a CDC funded chronic disease integration pilot program, an assessment of Wisconsin’s progress towards its Healthiest Wisconsin 2010 goals, and a Safe and Drug Free Schools data project. Alison also served as data manager for UWPHI’s BadgerCare Plus evaluation and helped create an evidence-based public health practice web site for Wisconsin’s Division of Public Health.

Alison came to UWPHI from the Wisconsin Department of Administration, following four years in the non-profit sector. She holds a masters degree in public affairs from the University of Wisconsin’s La Follette School of Public Affairs.