Naiya Patel

Position title: Evidence Analyst


WARF, 610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726

Naiya Patel

Naiya works as an Evidence Analyst on 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. The WWFH team systematically assesses, summarizes, and rates evidence for policies and programs that can affect health behaviors, social & economic factors, the physical environment, and clinical care. The WWFH 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 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program in 2012.

Prior to joining the WWFH team, Naiya served as a Policy and Program Analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in the Division of Medicaid Services focusing on the Wisconsin FoodShare program. Throughout graduate school, Naiya had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects as a Graduate Research Assistant and a Project Assistant. She analyzed policies related to aging, higher education, and health equity and researched impacts of substance abuse and telemedicine in rural areas.

Naiya holds dual master’s degrees in Public Affairs and Public Health from the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has a B.S. in Nutritional Science and certificates in Global Health and Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interests focus on health disparities, healthcare systems, socioeconomic barriers, and access to health services.