Research Champions

WPHRN Champions are network members from research settings who work to increase the engagement of researchers in the network. WPHRN Champions collaborate with network staff and the WPHRN Steering Committee to inform colleagues and students about the WPHRN and its value as a resource and a mechanism to connect public health researchers and public health professionals. WPHRN Champions:

  • Share information about the network (e.g. WPHRN website link, WPHRN’s Priority Research Questions, research briefs, and webinar offerings),
  • Disseminate information about funding opportunities,
  • Promote collaborative public health services and systems research with the network, and
  • Encourage colleagues and students to take advantage of WPHRN’s free membership and become involved in network activities such as short term work groups or projects, and
  • Consult with colleagues or students about potential research projects and use of the WPHRN to facilitate research.

Contact a WPHRN Champion for more information.

Academic researchers should consider joining WPHRN to connect with public health practitioners and other academicians across Wisconsin who are interested in research and to learn about grant opportunities and study results.

John Meurer, MD, MBA

John Meurer, MD, MBA

WPHRN Steering Committee Member, WPHRN Champion and the Medical College of Wisconsin-Professor and Director of the Institute for Health and Society


Medical College of Wisconsin
Institute for Health and Society
8701 Watertown Plank Road/Suite H2100
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509

The WPHRN is a valuable resource for collaboration between researchers and public health professionals. If we value strong evidence to improve public health practice and outcomes, we really need to work together. Engaging in the WPHRN is one way to make that happen.

Susan Zahner, DrPH, RN, FAAN

Susan Zahner

WPHRN Co-Chair, University of Wisconsin-Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor


University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing
5226d Signe Skott Cooper Hall
701 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705