Erin Bailey


Community-Based Researcher


Ms. Bailey leads outreach, education and research initiatives with African American and other underserved communities. Prior to joining CHDI in 2011, Erin worked for several years with the Witness Project of  Madison.  She has experience as a patient navigator and implementing culturally competent intervention and education projects in Madison and Dane County. Erin is also currently a Ph.D. student in the Civil Society  and Community Research program of the UW School of Human Ecology.

Tracy M. Downs


Principal Investigator


Dr. Downs is a urologic surgeon specializing in prostate and bladder cancer.  He is also the Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity at UW SMPH, and vice president of the African American Urological Association.  In addition to his leadership of CHDI, Dr. Downs plans to expand his health equity research, developing a multi-disciplinary research program addressing prostate cancer disparities among African American men.

Cody Fredrick


Community Health Educator


Mr. Fredrick is a Community Health Educator and the coordinator of CHDI’s Rural Cancer Disparities Project. Cody has a background in public health, quality improvement, and patient safety, and his undergraduate  training at Marquette was in biomedical sciences. He is from a small rural community in Illinois and has strong family ties to northern Wisconsin.

Rick Strickland


CHDI Program Director


Mr. Strickland oversees CHDI’s research, outreach and training functions and supervises staff, interns and students. Rick leads  program development, manages CHDI’s budget and represents CHDI to UW  Faculty, UWCCC administration and external  organizational partners.  Rick has been with CHDI since its inception and also serves as Outreach Director for UW Spirit of  EAGLES, a Community Networks  Center funded by NCI’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. He brings 35 years of  organizing, community development and health promotion experience to CHDI.

Joshua Wright


Community Project Coordinator


Mr. Wright supports education and research collaborations with African-American communities in Madison and Dane County. Joshua has experience in outreach and recruitment through working with  underrepresented youth and their families in college preparatory and recreation programs. His UW-Madison undergraduate training was in Afro-American Studies.