University of Wisconsin–Madison

TEP-PH Interns

2016 Interns

Katie Mead

Translating Evidence to Practice in Public Health Intern (2016)

As a future researcher in health promotion, I hope to use my intern experience to more effectively translate and disseminate research findings into public health practice.

Katie Mead began her Translating Evidence to Practice in Public Health (TEP-PH) Internship with the Wisconsin Public Health Research Network (WPHRN) in late May of 2016.

Katie is interested in translating research into policy to support health promotion in the community. During her internship, she will be assisting with the dissemination of results from the Cross-Jurisdictional Shared Service Arrangements in Local Public Health study with Dr. Susan Zahner. This will include a research brief that focuses on a comparison of shared service arrangement use in Wisconsin (2012 to 2014).

Katie is a Registered Nurse and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Louis University in 2014, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Minnesota in 2008. She is currently a PhD student in the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on the behavioral, environmental, and policy determinants of physical activity and physical function in community-dwelling older adults.

Emily Redovich

Translating Evidence to Practice in Public Health Intern (2016)

This internship is a great opportunity to work with experienced mentors and develop skills that I will use in my public health career. I am excited to learn more about how to disseminate research in a way that it can be utilized by public health practitioners.

Emily Redovich began her Translating Evidence to Practice in Public Health (TEP-PH) Internship with the Public Health Research Network (WPHRN) in June of 2016.

Emily is a student in the Master of Public Health program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a Registered Nurse (RN) and Community Health Education Specialist (CHES) and currently works as an inpatient nurse at American Family Children’s Hospital. Her interests include primary prevention, population health, and health policy.

During her time with the TEP-PH internship, Emily will be involved in developing an evaluation plan for the WPHRN Strategic Plan for 2016-2019 and assisting with other research dissemination projects, such as a video research brief about the Cross-Jurisdictional Shared Service Arrangements in Local Public Health study.

2015 Interns

Kate Rifken

Translating Evidence to Practice in Public Health Intern (2015)

I’ve slowly been broadening my focus – starting out in animal research, then human research, and now public health systems research. It’s been a great learning experience to see how everything I’ve learned about the brain and behavior fits together into the concept of population health.

Kate Rifken began her Translating Evidence to Practice in Public Health (TEP-PH) Internship with the Wisconsin Public Health Research Network (WPHRN) in late May of 2015.

Kate has an interest in both the development of translational research as well as the implementation of results after the conclusion of a study. During her time with the TEP-PH internship she will primarily work with Dr. Kimberlee Gretebeck on the implementation of the Physical Activity for Life for Seniors (PALS) program as well as assisting with the dissemination of results from the Cross-Jurisdictional Shared Service Arrangements in Local Public Health under Dr. Susan Zahner.

Kate received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biobehavioral Psychology at the University of Vermont. After returning to Madison she worked at the Center for Investigating Healthy minds for two years doing research using fMRI and mindfulness interventions. She currently works at the Veteran’s Administration as a Research Coordinator on a behavioral Post Traumatic Stress Disorder study and is pursuing a Master of Science in Population Health. Her interests include population-level research on mental health conditions as well as translational interventional studies on health systems.

Karissa Ryan

Translating Evidence to Practice in Public Health Intern (2015)

I’m looking forward to learning more about the translation and dissemination of evidence-based research in the public health field and how this research can be applied. In the future I plan to use my experience as part of the WPHRN team and the MPH program to positively impact current health systems and programs.

Karissa Ryan began her Translating Evidence to Practice in Public Health (TEP-PH) Internship with the Wisconsin Public Health Research Network (WPHRN) on January 28, 2015.

Through her internship work, Karissa will collaborate on a current project to update the WPHRN Priority Research Questions through the engagement of WPHRN members. In addition, Karissa would like to learn more about health program planning and evaluation by assisting with an impact evaluation of research studies that have been completed in collaboration with the WPHRN.

Karissa received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. After graduating, Karissa worked as a community engagement specialist with Live54218, an obesity prevention coalition. In the fall of 2014 she began the Master of Public Health program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

2014 Interns

Katie Pellino

Translating Evidence to Practice in Public Health Intern (2014)

A visit to a temporary housing project in South Africa several years ago sparked my interest in health systems, particularly in international settings. I look forward to learning about dissemination and application of WPHRN’s research. As an aspiring physician, this internship will provide invaluable insight into the public health infrastructure of Wisconsin.

This summer, Katie will be working with Dr. Susan Zahner and Dr. Mark Edgar to write a research brief for WPHRN’s Future of Teaching in Local and Tribal Health Departments research project that focuses on Wisconsin. As a Masters of Public Health (MPH) student herself, Katie looks forward to contributing to a project that analyzes the current support level and needs of students seeking to enter the public health field. She will also be working on an update to WPHRN’s Public Health Systems & Services Inventory. The update will allow for improved access and communication about Wisconsin Public Health Systems & Services Research. In addition, Katie will assist with WPHN membership outreach.

A Madison native, Katie attends Boston University (BU). She graduated with a B.A. in International Relations in May 2014, with a special focus on Latin America and cultural anthropology. She is also pursuing an MPH at BU’s School of Public Health, with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health.

Kriti Rishi

Translating Evidence to Practice in Public Health Intern (2014)

I am very excited to join Dr. Zahner’s team and start my TEP-PH Internship! In the future I plan to apply the experience from this internship and the knowledge gained through the MPH program into practice as a physician.

With her internship work, Kriti aspires to promote evidence-based practices through the translation and dissemination of research. This summer she will support WPHRN through a variety of projects. Kriti will promote the WPHRN’s strategic plan by engaging its members to update WPHRN’s Priority Research Questions. She will also create a report on research from practice-based research networks that help answer the current Priority Research Questions created by WPHRN members.

Kriti received a Bachelor of Science in neurobiology from UW-Madison. After graduating, Kriti worked at the UW Carbone Cancer Center as a research specialist before beginning the Master of Public Health program at UW School of Medicine and Public Health in fall 2013. She is currently a teaching assistant on Dr. Kevin Strang’s team for Human Physiology, an undergraduate course offered through the Department of Neuroscience at UW-Madison.

2013 Interns

Lilia Fernandes

Translating Evidence to Practice in Public Health Intern (2013)

This internship is a great opportunity to make connections with local health departments, understand their needs, and connect them with researchers for meaningful studies…

Lilia began her internship with Translating Evidence to Practice in Public Health (TEP-PH) at the Wisconsin Public Health Practice Based Research Network (WPHPBRN) on July 3, 2013.

Lilia will be working with Dr. Susan Zahner to begin translation of the study, “Forecasting the Impact of the Economic Recession on the Financing of Local Public Health Departments in Wisconsin.” She will also be working with Dr. Zahner on an immunization coalition evaluation.

Lilia’s interests in public health include program planning/evaluation and linking research to practice. She sees this internship as a great opportunity to make connections with local health departments, understand their needs and connect them with researchers for meaningful studies that will impact on the health of the population.

Lilia has worked in public health in Brazil providing tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS patient care and education at the Hospital and Clinics of the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). She has worked at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine in Campinas, SP, Brazil, as a research assistant where she managed tuberculosis data. While a graduate student at Villanova University, she was part of Health Promotion for Women with Disabilities Project, where she helped design programs and educational material for promoting health for women with disabilities. She was a professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology, School of Nursing, Salvador, BA, Brazil where she taught “Introduction to Public Health/Public Health System in Brazil.” She also worked for the Damien Foundation implementing, supervising, assessing and evaluating the tuberculosis program in the city of Salvador, BA, Brazil, as well as training health professional teams to treat tuberculosis.

Lilia received a Master of Science in Nursing from Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania. While a graduate nursing student, Lilia collaborated on the paper, “Bone Density in Women with Multiple Sclerosis,” which received the Labe C. Scheinberg Best Scientific Paper in Neurorehabilitation, Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Lilia graduated from the Latu-Senso Graduate Program in Epidemiology at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, SP, Brazil and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Federal University of Bahia Salvador, BA, Brazil. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Ivana Micanovic

Translating Evidence to Practice in Public Health Intern (2013)

This TEP-PH Internship experience is a great way to learn more about public health in Wisconsin. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with pharmacists, university professors, and other pharmacy students.

Ivana has recently started her internship in Translating Evidence to Practice in Public Health (TEP-PH) at the Wisconsin Public Health Practice Based Research Network (WPHPBRN). Ivana is pleased to join the WPHPBRN team. Her first day was June 17, 2013.

Ivana is interested in learning more about public health in Wisconsin. She has begun working with Dr. Julie Willems Van Dijk to begin translation of the study, “A Quality Analysis of Wisconsin’s Community Health Improvement Plans and Processes.” In addition, Ivana would like to learn more about the interaction of pharmacists with local and state health departments and public health systems. She believes that there is great potential for pharmacists to increase their involvement and utilize their skills especially in the areas of community wellness, emergency preparedness, and immunizations.

Ivana has worked in health care since 2009. She has worked at Saint Lukes Medical Center, Milwaukee in the Abdominal Transplant and Renal Unit where she focused on pre and post care for kidney, liver and pancreas transplant patients. Ivana currently works as a Certified Pharmacy Technician/Student Intern with Walgreens pharmacies in Madison and West Allis, Wisconsin.

Ivana received a B.S. in Nursing from Alverno College, Milwaukee where she received the Mary Ann and Charles LaBahn Endowed Scholarship and Alverno College Academic Scholarship. She was also a Medical/Surgical Nursing Intern at Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee. Ivana is currently pursuing the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.