The de Beaumont Foundation, a national nonprofit that supports and invests in public health solutions and partnerships, announced its third class of 40 Under 40 in Public Health public health leaders, which includes three women from south-central Wisconsin.
Paula Tran, state health officer and administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Division of Public Health; Dr. Treemanisha Stewart, County Health Officer of the Sauk County Public Health Department; and Katarina Grande from Public Health Madison & Dane County all made the list.
Tran has been with DHS since 2021. Prior to this role, she advanced public health and health equity efforts in a variety of agencies, including as director for the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute’s Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) group, assistant director at the Wisconsin Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, and the Transform Wisconsin health equity coordinator at the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources. She earned a master of public health degree and a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“I’m honored to join this distinguished group of public health leaders who share my passion for and commitment to public health,” Tran said in a statement. “I have spent my career — at the community level, in academia, and in government — highlighting the connection between community conditions and health outcomes and building relationships that work collectively to increase equitable opportunities for thriving. I look forward to partnering with and learning from similarly focused colleagues nationwide.”
The program’s honorees also include individuals representing state, local, and territorial health departments; colleges and universities; nonprofit organizations; and the private sector.
“To be picked out of over 400 applicants was really honoring to me, and I am really proud that I am among the 40 under 40,” Stewart told Madison365. “I make sure that we have programming that will benefit our community, if we see a problem we work together with the community to make sure there is a (resolution) to any issue that is affecting health, and we know that all things come back to health.”
“It’s a huge honor to be recognized with leaders across the country doing really innovative work,” Grande said. “I’ve been in different levels of governmental public health for the past 15 years, working at local levels, national levels, and international levels, but always with a theme of governmental public health…I’m really motivated and interested in the ways government can be used as a lever for change.”
For more information about the 40 Under 40 in Public Health, including a full list of honorees, visit the de Beaumont Foundation website.