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PHS Monday Seminar: PHS Antiracism Initiative: Research Methods Toolkit

April 25, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Population Health Sciences (PHS) Antiracism Initiative is a collaborative group of students, faculty, and staff working to incorporate antiracist practices across different facets of our department’s research, teaching, and environment. In this presentation, we will share progress on one product of this work, the PHS Antiracist Research Methods Toolkit. Our goal is to create a tool that will help those in our department, and potentially others, easily identify and navigate resources on antiracism relevant to population health research. We aim to describe the background and components of this toolkit and hope to gather feedback from students, faculty, and staff in our department for whom this toolkit is intended.

Presenter Bios:

Marina Jenkins, PhD Candidate in Population Health Sciences

Marina Jenkins is a PhD candidate in Population Health Sciences. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Human Evolutionary Biology at the University of Washington and is currently working on her dissertation research focused on maternal substance use. Marina is currently working as a teaching assistant for Dr. Pat Remington. She previously worked as a research assistant for Dr. Deborah Ehrenthal in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology and for Dr. Megan Moreno on the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT). Marina intends to pursue an academic career in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology, with special interest in health communication and policy.


Emma Svenson, DVM, MPH

Dr. Emma Svenson is a veterinarian with clinical interest in non-traditional species, currently training as a resident in laboratory animal medicine at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) and Research Animal Resources Center (RARC). She is simultaneously pursuing a PhD in epidemiology through UW-Madison’s department of population health sciences. Ultimately, she would like to specialize in both preventive and laboratory animal medicine, and work globally at the interface between animal and human health. Broadly, her research interests include global health, zoonotic infectious diseases, and understanding how global health inequities influence pathogen emergence. She also hopes to address health disparities within the veterinary field specifically.


Ken Nieser, PhD Candidate in Epidemiology

Ken Nieser is a PhD candidate in Epidemiology in the Department of Population Health Sciences and is advised by Dr. Amy Cochran, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Population Health Sciences and Mathematics at UW-Madison. Ken graduated from Swarthmore College in 2013 with a BA in Physics and Mathematics. Ken’s current research interests are in generalizability, algorithmic bias, and mental health.


Zoe Walts, PhD Student in Epidemiology

Zoe Walts first-year student in the PhD epidemiology program. She is currently a project assistant with Dr. Shaneda Warren-Andersen, studying racial disparities related to colorectal cancer incidence. Her research interests are in racial and socioeconomic disparities of chronic disease and how these are mediated by the social determinants of health.


KJ Hansmann, MD, MPH

Dr. KJ Hansmann is a Family Medicine Doctor and Primary Care Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed medical school and her Masters of Public Health at Northwestern University and her Family Medicine residency training at University of Wisconsin. As a Primary Care Research fellow she is also pursuing a PhD in Population Health. Her dissertation work focuses on investigating modifiable environmental coping factors including access to transportation alternatives that mediate and moderate older adults’ transition to non-driving and their subsequent health and wellbeing outcomes.



April 25, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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