CHDI Students

Sarah Brown, MD/MPH Student

Ms. Brown is a bilingual MD-MPH Candidate at UWSMPH, Class of 2017.  As a 2013 Shapiro Research Fellow, Sarah led CHDI's pilot project to translate and culturally adapt cancer education materials together with Centro Hispano of Dane County. This experience prompted Sarah to pursue a Master of Public Health degree, and she returned to CHDI in 2015-16 to complete her public health fieldwork by expanding CHDI's Latino outreach efforts.

Expertise: community partnership development, cultural adaptation of educational materials and health programming, community outreach, food equity


Evan Cretney, MD Student

Mr. Cretney is a third year student in the Wisconsin Academy of Rural Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  In keeping with the mission of UWSMPH, Evan has partnered with the CHDI to gain valuable public health experience through a community health assessment project in Tomah and Monroe County, WI.  His project focuses on assessing health disparities in rural areas and mapping community assets with the hopes of helping narrow these gaps.



Bryan Hall, BS, Associate Research Specialist

Mr. Hall is participating in CHDI research projects during a gap period between undergraduate studies and medical school entry. Bryan is analyzing cancer data among WI American Indians, contributing to peer-reviewed articles and preparing reports for tribal use. He is also being trained in public health research processes and community based participatory research.  In conjunction with his work at CHDI, Bryan also researches hematopoietic stem cell development at UW-Madison under mentorship of Dr. Emery Bresnick, Ph.D.  This fall he will be attending the Univeristy of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health as a member of the class of 2020.

Expertise: data analysis and presentation, participatory research methods,                                             cross-cultural work, yo-yoing

Kelsey Harker, Undergraduate Student Hourly

Ms. Harker is a Center for Educational Opportunity (CeO) scholar pursuing degrees in Spanish and Human Development & Family Studies with certificates in American Indian Studies and Pilates. She is the President of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority Inc. - Lambda Chapter, a historically Native American sorority, and co-founder of Badger Youth Outreach.  Kelsey has been an INROADS intern with UW Health and plans to pursue a master’s degree in Population Health Management or Public Health.



Timothy Rushmer, MD Student

Mr. Rushmer is a 3rd year medical student at UW SMPH.  During 2016-17, he is conducting research with Dr. Tracy Downs and supporting the development of Dr. Downs' prostate cancer disparities research program.  Tim holds a BS in Biochemistry from UW-SP, and was involved in population and disparity research as a student intern in Milwaukee.

Expertise: research project design, data collection and analysis, and database management.


Diana Vázquez Parker, BS, Staff Intern
Ms. Vazquez Parker is a post Bac, pre-med intern doing independent study with CHDI prior to matriculating to medical school in Fall 2017.  She was a UW PEOPLE Program Scholar and Dorothy Strong Scholar and completed her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry and French.   At CHDI, Diana is compiling cancer data to support CHDI’s 20 county Latino Health Assessment, training community using El cáncer, claro y sencillo and assisting CHDI’s efforts to support recruitment of women from disparate populations into clinical care and clinical research through UWCCC’s Breast Center.
Expertise: Spanish, data analysis and interpretation, cultural adaptation of educational materials, community outreach