Erin BaileyGraduate Student

Erin is 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. Her areas of interest lie in health disparities, particularly along the cancer continuum, community organizing, social equity and social justice. She invests 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.

Education and Relevant Experience

Ms. Bailey is a current PhD student at UW-Madison’s School of Human Ecology in the Civil Society and Community Research program. She is a 2009 SoHE graduate with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies, and a 2017 SoHE graduate with an M.S. in Human Ecology.

She has over 16 years of experience working with underserved communities, fostering programming and research in the fight against health disparities. For the last 7 years she has been the project coordinator and community based researcher for the UW Carbone Cancer Center’s Cancer Health Disparities Initiative. Erin’s leads outreach, education and research initiatives with Black and other underserved communities within the catchment region. For just over a decade she has worked for The Witness Project of Madison in several capacities, the most recent of which is Director of Programming. The Witness Project is an evidenced based breast and cervical cancer prevention and screening program for African American women.

Awards and Recognition

2019 Awardee, University-Community Partnership Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2014 Awardee, University-Community Partnership Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2014 Awardee, Inaugural – Building a Legacy of Wellness Award. 6th Annual Black Women’s Wellness Day, Black Women’s Wellness Foundation. Madison, Wisconsin


Vuong, I., Wright, J., Nolan, M., Eggen, A., Bailey, E., Strickland, R., Traynor, A., Downs, T. (2019 In process). Overcoming Barriers: Evidence-based strategies to increase enrollment of underrepresented populations in cancer therapeutic clinical trials—a narrative review. Journal of Cancer Education.

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

Bailey, E. (2014). Empowering a Community Response to Cancer, Guest column. Capital City Hues. June 12, 2014, p5

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


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