Health Equity and Partnerships

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Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH

Kellner Professor in Pediatrics
Earnestine Willis, MD, MPHDirector, Health Equity and Partnerships
Director, 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.

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