Marisa Stanley is the Infectious Disease Epidemiologist at the City of Milwaukee Health Department and the current preceptor for Evelyn Sharkey. The health department’s mission is to “ensure that services are available to enhance the health of individuals and families, promote healthy neighborhoods, and safeguard the health of the Milwaukee community.” Marisa contributes to this mission by overseeing programs that focus on preventing and controlling the spread of communicable diseases in Milwaukee.
Marisa received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. Prior to her role at the City of Milwaukee Health Department, Marisa was herself a Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellow (2009-2011 cohort), placed at the Division of Public Health at the Department of Health Services in Madison, WI, and the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center in Lac du Flambeau, WI.
Though Marisa’s previous background was primarily in infectious disease epidemiology, participating in the Fellowship gave her an opportunity to contribute to projects in a variety of subject areas. These projects included writing a request for proposals for an oral health education feasibility study; serving as the interim manager and epidemiologist for a project on tobacco policy, systems, and environmental changes with Wisconsin tribal communities; and—the accomplishment she is most proud of—heading the initiative to pass and implement expedited partner therapy legislation in Wisconsin. To Marisa, being able to explore different areas of public health that she may not have known she was interested in—effectively, to create her own job description—was the most valuable part of her Fellowship experience.
Marisa is a Wisconsin native, originally from the Eau Claire, WI, area. She has lived in Milwaukee since 2013. In her free time, Marisa likes hiking and otherwise enjoying the outdoors, attending music shows, and playing fetch with her cats (one of which she got while working as a Fellow in Lac du Flambeau).