University of Wisconsin–Madison

Monica Palese

Contracted Evaluator

(608) 261.9436

Monica Palese, MPH
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Division of Public Health, Office of Health Informatics

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Monica Palese is an Assistant Researcher at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.  Serving as a research and program evaluation consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Office of Health Informatics (OHI), Monica works with OHI staff on the Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance (ESOOS) federal grant project.  In addition, she coordinates OHI’s role in the Digitized Toxicology Lab Result Project, a collaboration with the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene to increase Wisconsin’s capacity to conduct more timely and uniform toxicology testing and more integrated reporting on synthetic opioid analogs.  Monica also manages the Division of Public Health’s Data Request Tracking System, an online repository of all data analytic and technical assistance support provided by DPH staff.

Prior to this role, Monica served as a clinical research coordinator and program specialist at the University of Chicago Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics and Center for Global Health, where she managed local, national, and international translational breast cancer research projects, facilitated international clinical research partnerships and training programs, and advanced global health education and programming on campus and at University of Chicago partner sites around the world.

Monica graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities.  Her primary interests center around chronic disease prevention and life course health, health equity, health communication, and education.