SARA SOKA (FORMERLY KAZMIERCZAK)
Sara received her MS in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sara was placed with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health’s Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Program. Sara’s placement provided her with experience in projects aimed at both improving health statewide and reducing health disparities associated with the socioeconomic determinants of health. Additionally, she worked with UW-Madison Department of Population Health Sciences to collect data about prices, promotions, and healthy offerings in Wisconsin restaurants and grocery stores in order to increase access to affordable, nutritious, high-quality food where gaps exist. Preceptors: Amy Meinen and Stephanie Harrison
Post Fellowship: Sara is a Public Health Policy & Communication Consultant in Portland, Maine.Post Fellowship: Sara is a Campaign Manager at the Berkeley Healthy Child Coalition.
Raisa received her MPH and PharmD degrees from UW-Madison. Through the Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellowship, Raisa split her time between the City of Milwaukee Health Department and Proyecto Salud, a grassroots community development organization. At the City of Milwaukee Health Department, Raisa worked on creating a health department strategic plan for addressing HIV in young black men who have sex with men. She also worked on analysis of data from a study focused on immunization disparity rates in Milwaukee. At Proyecto Salud, Raisa worked on a built environment intervention to increase civic capacity to affect policy change. During her time as a Fellow she served as the co-chair for the Immigration Action Team of the Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition, as well as a member of the Policy Development Committee of the Wisconsin Public Health Association. Preceptors: Sherri Ohly and Barbra Beck
Post Fellowship: Raisa is Chief of Staff at Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele in Milwaukee, WI.
Marisa received her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. During her graduate studies, she worked at the Minnesota Department of Health conducting reporting audits, assisting in disease investigations, and organizing refugee health events. During the Fellowship, Marisa was placed with the Division of Public Health at the Department of Health Services where she was involved in a range of projects. She led the initiative for the passage and implementation of expedited partner therapy legislation in Wisconsin, authored a request for proposals to secure a contractor for an oral health education feasibility study, and led a hepatitis C cluster investigation in the Northern Region of Wisconsin. Marisa also worked with the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center in Lac du Flambeau, WI as the interim project manager/epidemiologist for Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant working towards tobacco policy, systems, and environment changes with five Wisconsin Tribes and the Wisconsin Native American Tobacco Network Coalition. Preceptors: Casey Schuman and James Vergeront
Post Fellowship: Marisa is an Epidemiologist with the City of Milwaukee Health Department in Milwaukee, WI.