Health Equity Faculty and Staff
Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH
Director, Health Equity and Partnerships
Kellner Professor in Pediatrics
Director/Founder, Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children
Dr. Willis has a long-standing interest in maternal and child health and has practiced in urban communities facing health disparities for decades. She received her MD and MPH from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, respectively. She has a history of developing health-related programs in underserved communities and working in the health policy arena to promote community health improvement.
Past Fellowship appointments include: General Academic Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University Hospitals and Clinics, Cleveland, OH; Leadership Greater Chicago, Chicago Community Trust, Chicago, IL; Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, (sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Washington, DC; and Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women, MCP Hahneman University, Philadelphia, PA.
Statewide, she chaired the Wisconsin Tobacco Control Board and led the development of a tobacco prevention program. Currently, she is medical director of Reach Out and Read–Milwaukee and the Community Pediatrics Training Initiative, as well as Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded community-based participatory research project to improve immunization rates in two Milwaukee neighborhoods, entitled "Community Health Improvement for Milwaukee's Children." As a strong community advocate, Dr. Willis has vast experience in program design, analysis, research and evaluation of community health programs.
John Fangman, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease
Dr. Fangman received his BA in Political Science at Carleton College in Minnesota and his MD from the University of Minnesota. He completed residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in 1998 through the Harvard Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Program and from 1998-2003 was the Assistant Director of that Program.
In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Fangman worked as a primary care provider at several Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the Boston area. Choosing to focus on the care of patients living with HIV, he pursued adult infectious training which he completed in 2005 through Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. He joined the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2005 and has been the Medical Director of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin since 2006.
His administrative and research focus has centered on ways to provide client-centered healthcare and to assure access to cutting edge prevention, social service, and medical services for patients living with HIV. In 2011, he also became the Director for Collaborative Urban Clinical Programs at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin, where his duties include improving clinical educational and research collaboration with FQHC and other safety net clinics in Milwaukee.
Matthew Dellinger, PhD
Research Scientist, Institute for Health and Society
My research focuses on assessing environmental risks to human health in a culturally sensitive manner. Risk assessment is a process that requires quantitative analysis of health outcomes and sometimes subjective values. My current initiatives focus on the tradeoffs between eating fish from Great Lakes fisheries and modern diets in the context of chemical exposure and nutrition. When culture and availability of resources are taken into consideration, chemical risk assessment alone is not enough to promote healthy diets.
Since 2004 I have worked extensively with the Native American tribes in the Great Lakes region to improve knowledge regarding environmental and public health. In my collaborations with tribal organizations we have strived to conduct health research that addresses concerns in the Bemidji Region. By applying systems-based approaches, I have contributed to important governmental reports regarding contamination in the Great Lakes as well as continuing innovative approaches to addressing health issues as they relate to the environment. It is my personal mission to aid in the protection of natural resources and healthy well-being of all inhabitants of the Great Lakes. I work with my colleagues towards clean and healthy environments in which traditional practices compliment the responsible and sensible use of natural resources.
Carrie Vanden Wymelenberg, MSW, CLC
Institute for Health and Society