- Family medicine physician, preventive medicine physician, Verona Family Practice Clinic
- Assistant professor, University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
“In my new role as a Family Medicine faculty with the UW-Madison Residency Program I am using Preventive Medicine everyday within my counseling of patients during clinical care, teaching of residents on topics of preventive health and health systems factors in their practices, and through my academic and community-oriented activities trying to bridge primary care and public health. I don't think a day goes by where some aspect of my training in preventive medicine is not put to use.
“The connections and broader perspectives of public health, health systems and academia made during my residency through various rotations and projects have proven to be invaluable. The lens through which I now practice family medicine and approach scholarly and community projects is so much more well-informed. I also have a toolkit of resources that I would have never discovered without my training experience.”
- Assistant researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute
- Secretary general, Young Physician Section at the American College of Preventive Medicine
- Regional representative, Young Physician Section of the National Hispanic Medical Association
- Board member, Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health.
"Preventive Medicine is a specialty that provides the opportunity to explore a wide spectrum of research areas, and to connect clinical medicine with public health to promote better health outcomes and population health. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to explore my interests during the residency. My favorite rotation was at the Dissemination and Implementation section of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Wisconsin. During this time I was able to learn about the process to take an intervention from theory to standard of care. It uses elements from systems engineering, qualitative research and behavioral interventions to achieve the dissemination of information, and improvement of the quality of care.
"Preventive Medicine as a field is unknown, although graduates practice in multiple areas of medicine. I have seen that our 'big picture' training allows us to promote interventions that reach whole communities at the same time that we account for the individual preferences and the human factors involved in our health care. UW-Madison gave me the opportunity to learn and practice my passion, and provided me all the resources required to be successful in my career path."
- Emergency physician, preventive medicine physician, Divine Savior Healthcare Inc.
- Clinical adjunct assistant professor, University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine
- Immediate Past President, Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians
- Chair, Divine Savior Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee
- Physician improvement advisor, WHA quality department (faculty for the WHA "Physician Quality Academy")
- Chair, Department of Health Services Antimicrobial Stewardship Emergency Medicine Sub-Committee
- Committee member, WMS Mental Health Reform Workgroup
“My experience in the Preventive Medicine Residency was great, but the mentorship from Drs. Remington and Pillai was particularly high-yield, especially their emphasis on scholarly work and networking. My favorite rotations included my 3-month stint with the State Health Innovation Plan's Alternative Payment Model work group and my rotation at the Wisconsin Hospital Association Department of Quality Improvement.
“I serve as the immediate past president of Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and regularly use the public health communication skills and advocacy skills that I learned in the preventive medicine residency in this role. I am also the chairperson of the Divine Savior Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee; the committee is dedicated to preventing antimicrobial resistance in our rural community and beyond. Additionally, I have accepted consultant positions at the Wisconsin Hospital Association Department of Quality Improvement and at the YourPrevention Network.”
- Occupational and environmental health physician, Guthrie Clinic, Ithaca, New York
"As on Occupational Medicine physician, I treat both individuals who were injured on the job as well as populations from various workplaces. Because our department has relationships with the local businesses and the employees they care for, each work-related injury then becomes an opportunity for prevention-- from recommending improved engineering controls and safety to implementing workplace wellness initiatives to reduce the risk for comorbid conditions that impair healing time and increase pain. In residency, I learned to think of the big picture and examine how our environment influences health, vital skills that I use every day in my new role.
"My preventive residency training gave me the opportunity to make connections outside the clinic with government public health practitioners, academic researchers, administrators in large health systems, and leaders in university student and employee health. I developed a broad-based skill set by diving into projects when I arrived at rotation sites, challenging myself to get outside my comfort zone and learn new analytic skills, understand each site’s unique programmatic functions, and make quality improvement recommendations. With each project that I tackled, I received indispensable guidance from talented rotation preceptors as well as mentorship from my program directors. Lastly, through our partnership with the UW-Madison Population Health Services Fellowship, I joined a community of public health professionals from diverse backgrounds to learn about important and timely topics with a focus on social determinants of health, equity, and sustainability."
- Primary Care Provider, Preventive Medicine Physician, Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center, Warm Springs, Oregon. (Indian Health Services)
"Preventive medicine has given me a population health perspective, which includes knowledge of the structure of health systems. Working directly with a government run health system, I can use my public health knowledge to better understand the budgeting and managed care requirements for my patient population. Also, I can have a better picture of the health needs for the community, based on data that can be collected from electronic health records and potentially design and implement interventions to improve health outcomes."
- Pediatrician, Preventive Medicine Physician, UW Health Department of Pediatrics, Division of Newborn Nursery/Neonatology
- Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
- Centennial Scholar, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health
- Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Club of Dane County
- Review Board member, Public Health Madison & Dane County Fetal and Infant Mortality
- Committee member, University of Wisconsin Maternal Child Health
Dr. Zapata is a dynamic author, physician scientist, and community leader known both locally and internationally. Her focus is on ways to get outside the clinic walls to impact health outcomes for children and families on a community based level. Her research and community work focuses on racial disparities in infant mortality, upstream determinants of health, youth resilience, public health approaches to violence prevention, diversity in medicine, and innovative methods of community engagement and health promotion.
At the School of Medicine and Public Health, she serves as co-director of the Ladder Program which is a mentorship program for youth from diverse backgrounds interested in a career in medicine. She is also the founder of the Beyond Beautiful International Girl's Empowerment Movement as well as co-founder of the Madison Inspirational Youth Choir among other roles. She is a 4 time author and her advocacy and community work has been featured on live national TV outlets, such as the Today Show. Her ultimate mission is to use her infectious energy, gifts, and passions to "heal, uplift and inspire". Dr. Zapata truly enjoys combining her love for pediatrics with the field of preventive medicine and public health!