Jill Denson, PhD, MSW, APSW

Position title: Director

Email: jdenson@wisc.edu

Headshot of Jill Denson, PhD, MSW, APSW

Dr. Jill Denson comes to the UWPRC from Public Health Madison Dane County, where she led programs in Sexual and Reproductive Health. Jill has a PhD in public health with a specialization in community and behavioral health promotion and is also a master’s level social worker. She has held several leadership positions focused on maternal and child health in community settings. Jill is committed to centering community voices and health equity in the PRC’s work. Jill’s interests lie at the intersections of Maternal and Child Health with Sexual and Reproductive Health. She has extensive experience in program development, building robust community partnerships and centering the voices of those who are marginalized. Given her background, her expertise has been focused on how social and structural determinants affect health, especially for groups most impacted by these determinants. She is an active member of the Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Team, Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Teams for Dane County and the City of Milwaukee, and Black Mamas Matter, a national organization dedicated to reducing maternal mortality for Black women, while centering holistic care.