Lilia Fernandes

Translating Evidence to Practice in Public Health Intern (2013)

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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.