Erin BaileyGraduate Student

I am interested in making a tangible difference in the world: placing high value on listening to what communities are saying they need, doing the requisite research, disseminating knowledge as required, and always educating communities to make a positive and impactful difference. My areas of interest lie in health disparities, particularly along the cancer continuum; community organizing; social equity; and social justice. I invest time and talents in serving underserved communities, particularly communities of color, which have historically been systematically excluded from good quality health care and services and experience some of the highest rates of health disparities in the United States.

I am a current PhD student at UW–Madison’s School of Human Ecology in the Civil Society & Community Research program. I am a 2009 Human Ecology graduate with a B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies with a certificate in Gender & Women’s Studies, and a 2017 graduate with an M.S. in Human Ecology.

I have over 16 years of experience working with underserved communities, fostering programming and research in the fight against health disparities. For the last seven years I have been the project coordinator and community based researcher for the UW Carbone Cancer Center’s Cancer Health Disparities Initiative. I lead outreach, education, and research initiatives with Black and other underserved communities within the catchment region. For just over a decade I have worked for the Witness Project of Madison in several capacities, the most recent of which is director of programming. The Witness Project is an evidence-based breast and cervical cancer prevention and screening program for African American women.

Awards and Recognition

  • University-Community Partnership Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019
  • University-Community Partnership Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014
  • Building a Legacy of Wellness Award, 6th Annual Black Women’s Wellness Day, Black Women’s Wellness Foundation, Madison, Wisconsin, 2014 (inaugural winner)

Selected Publications and Presentations

Vuong, I., Wright, J., Nolan, M., Eggen, A., Bailey, E., Strickland, R., Traynor, A., & Downs, T. (2020). Overcoming Barriers: Evidence-Based Strategies to Increase Enrollment of Underrepresented Populations in Cancer Therapeutic Clinical Trials—a Narrative Review. Journal of Cancer Education35, 841-849.

Williamson, A., & Bailey, E. (2014). Dane County African American Cancer Profile. Cancer Health Disparities Initiative.

Bailey, E. (2014). Empowering a Community Response to Cancer. Capital City Hues (guest column). June 12, 2014, pp. 5.

Williamson, A., Strickland, R., & Bailey, E. (2014). Trends in Cancer Disparities between African Americans and Whites in Wisconsin. Cancer Health Disparities Initiative.


  • Civil Society & Community Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Civil Society & Community Research


  • MS, Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • BS, Human Development & Family Studies with a certificate in Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison


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