CCHE Staff:

Angela Byars Winston

Angela Byars-Winston, PhD

Associate Director
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Dr. Angela Byars-Winston is an Associate Director of CCHE.

Dr. Byars-Winston is a Professor in the University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine. She is also the Director of Research and Evaluation in the UW Center for Women’s Health Research and Faculty Affiliate of the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research. Her research examines cultural influences on academic and career development, especially for racial and ethnic minorities and women in the sciences, engineering, and medicine with the aim of broadening their participation in STEM fields. Dr. Byars-Winston was Principal Investigator on an NIH R01 grant to measure and test critical factors in research training interventions for mentors of ethnically diverse mentees in biological science. She is currently co-leading a renewal of that R01 grant to investigate and intervene on research mentors’ cultural diversity awareness. She is co-investigator on the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) grant from the NIH in the Mentor Training Core through which she is leading the Culturally Aware Mentorship initiative.

Read the CCHE announcement of Dr. Byars-Winston's new role.

To learn more about Dr. Byars-Winston, please see her Department of Medicine biography.

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Stephanie Budge

Stephanie Budge, PhD

Faculty Director, AHEAD
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address:305 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706

Dr. Stephanie Budge is the faculty director of the Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD) program. In this role, she leads the affiliated AHEAD Program Directors in developing a ‘community of scholarship’ in which research career development and networking opportunities for early to mid-career scholars reflect:

  • Structured opportunities to acquire familiarity about health equity research occurring within and across the AHEAD affiliated programs;

  • Access to the research programs of UW faculty who share similar research interests; and

  • Sharing successful strategies for advancing health equity research at UW-Madison

  • Mentoring in the areas of academia, tenure, and promotion.

Dr. Budge is a licensed psychologist and an assistant professor with a primary affiliation to the Department of Counseling Psychology. Her primary research interests include working with LGBTQ populations–specifically transgender individuals’ emotional and coping processes and their experiences of psychotherapy. She also focuses on psychotherapy process and outcome research, primarily regarding therapist effects and effectiveness of interventions. She is highly committed to social justice and in addition to her academic responsibilities provides counseling services through her private practice for trans clients on a free or slide scale basis.

To learn more about Dr. Budge, please see her research lab biography.

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Sarah Esmond

Sarah Esmond, MS

ICTR Administrative Director
email: phone: (608) 263-9401
address:4241 HSLC

The Center Administrative Director, Sarah Esmond, MS, provides administrative oversight and project management to CCHE’s many community-academic partnerships, collaborations, and initiatives. She brings significant background in qualitative research methodologies and urban community-academic partnership building. Esmond serves as an academic partner to several Milwaukee-based partnerships, including the House of Peace Hmong Health Consortium, and the Urban Indian Wellness Consortium. She previously served as Project Manager for the School of Medicine and Public Health’s Center for the Study of Cultural Diversity in Healthcare (CDH).

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Dorothy Farrar Edwards

Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, PhD

email: phone: (608) 262-5151
address:4237 HSLC

Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, PhD, is Director of the ICTR Collaborative Center for Health Equity, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and Professor of Kinesiology and Medicine. Her multidisciplinary research addresses the effects of aging on functional independence and quality of life. The central goal of her research is to contribute to the understanding of quality of life and well-being in older adults by examining the impact of cognitive and physical impairment on performance of complex activities of everyday life. Her research explores questions of functional performance, caregiver burden, and treatment outcomes in a variety of populations ranging from normal aging to neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and stroke. She is particularly interested in the aging process in African Americans. The ultimate aim of these studies is to support the development and implementation of more effective interventions for persons with cognitive loss and their families.

Aging Profile | Kinesiology Biography

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Susan Passmore

Susan Passmore, PhD

Senior Scientist & Assistant Director for Community Engaged Research
email: phone: (608) 265-9429
address:4256B HSLC

Dr. Susan Passmore is a Senior Scientist & CCHE Assistant Director for Community Engaged Research. New to UW in Fall 2018, she comes to us from the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland-College Park where she was a Research Asst. Professor with the Department of Health Services Administration and Asst. Director for the Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE).  While at M-CHE, she co-developed the community engaged infrastructure for the center that created and nurtured long term, authentic relationships with health disparity populations through churches, service events, local clinics and a network of barbershops and beauty salons. In her role with the Department of Health Services Administration, Dr. Passmore contributed to the creation of a new MPH program in Health Equity.

As an anthropologist and a member of the Building Trust team that developed the Building Trust Between Minorities and Researchers Education Programs that seeks to bridge the knowledge and social gaps that currently exist between health disparity populations and health researchers, Dr. Passmore is passionate about building capacity for the connections that are a fundamental to the pursuit of health equity. Dr. Passmore’s scholarship centers around the use of qualitative and mixed method research to explore ways to incorporate the principles of community based, participatory methods into recruitment practices of larger studies and clinical trials.

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Caitlin Scott, MS

Communications Specialist
email: phone: (608) 263-6982
address:4240A HSLC

Caitlin Scott, MS, serves as the CCHE Communications Specialist, providing a wide range of support to Center faculty, staff and associated research team members, as well as nationwide Scholars associated with the HELI program. She provides leadership, direction and coordination for the CCHE, HELI, and ICTR websites, produces all Center communications & print materials, manages CCHE social media accounts, serves as the Pilot Grant Administrator for the ICTR AHEAD Program, and contributes substantial effort as the primary organizer for the annual HELI program.

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Christine Sorkness

Christine Sorkness, PharmD

Associate Director
email: phone: (608) 263-2285
address:4238 HSLC

Christine Sorkness, RPh, PharmD, is ICTR Senior Associate Executive Director and oversees the Community-Academic Partnerships core, and the Pilot Grants program. She helps direct the ICTR Collaborative Center for Health Equity, and is co-PI on the P60 NCMHD Center of Excellence grant that funds CCHE. She has a special interest in health disparities in asthma, in which she has conducted both cost-effectiveness and comparative effectiveness trials.

Dr. Sorkness has a clinical practice in the Anticoagulation Clinic at the VA Hospital-Madison, and also is affiliated with the UW Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Division, with more than 20 years of NHLBI-funding as either a co-investigator or co-principal investigator. A long-standing member of the UW Health Sciences IRB, she has also served on several NHLBI-appointed Data and Safety Monitoring Boards for large multi-center national trials.

Today, Dr. Sorkness holds professorships in both the School of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine and Public Health. Having guided the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum through the UW academic approval process, she had the expertise to manage approvals for the ICTR graduate programs in clinical investigation. She serves on the ICTR Faculty Governance Committee and teaches two graduate courses, background for her oversight of the ICTR Research Education and Career Development core as well.

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Community Engagement/Research Ambassadors:

Al Castro, MS, BSW

Program Director at the UCC
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address: United Community Center
1028 South 9th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53204

In his role as Program Director at the United Community Center, Al Castro manages the Latino Geriatric Center and the Health Research Program at the UCC.   The Latino Geriatric Center has a Memory Clinic that serves Latinos, and the Health Research Programs conduct academic/community research projects in the Latino community in collaboration with local and state universities.

Mr. Castro has 37 years of experience in various social services and community services roles with populations ranging from young children, teenagers, families to elderly individuals, in social worker, management or executive director positions.  Mr. Castro has over 17 years experience implementing and managing various human services programs and research projects in the Milwaukee area.  He is a member of the Underserved Population Services Coalition, the Milwaukee Aging Consortium and is on the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association—SE Wisconsin Chapter.

Mr. Castro holds a BS degree in Social Work from Carroll University in Waukesha WI, and a MS degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. He is a licensed social worker in the State of Wisconsin.

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Mirtha Sosa Pacheco

Mirtha Sosa Pacheco

Health Research Program Coordinator
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address:United Community Center
1028 South 9th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Mirtha Sosa Pacheco, BA is the Health Research Program Coordinator in the Health Research Department at the United Community Center (UCC). She graduated from Marquette University in 2014, with an interdisciplinary academic background of Spanish Language, Literature and Culture, Social Welfare and Justice, and Health Studies. Following graduation, she began working as the Milwaukee Southside Coordinator (then Milwaukee Project Coordinator) at the WI Bike Fed, a statewide nonprofit advocacy and education organization focused on promoting bicycling and walking in Wisconsin. Mirtha was responsible for a variety of projects in the city, including but not limited to the roles of health intervention coach/Co-PI in a Biking for Health study partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin, and lead planner/manager of Milwaukee's first ever Open Streets initiative(s) of which she executed 3. As the current Program Coordinator of Health Research at the UCC, she is responsible for the coordination of UCC-academic community engaged research partnerships in the metro-Milwaukee Latino community, and associated project development and implementation of health and wellness research endeavors. Mirtha has personal, academic, and professional experience, connections and awareness of the Latino community of Milwaukee. From her previous research experience she has proven capabilities in engaging Latinos into health research, and in collaborating with academic researchers and diverse community stakeholders, for the purpose of creating systemic space and access for Milwaukee's Latino/immigrant community to be empowered and healthy.

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