Sarah Thompson is the new UW-CTRI regional outreach specialist in northeast Wisconsin, taking over for Roger Dier, who retired in 2019.
She previously worked at the Minnesota Oral Health Coalition, disseminating research results to healthcare providers so they can implement the findings in their daily care.
“I think oral health is underrated, similar to tobacco,” Thompson said. “It often gets bypassed for ‘more exciting’ topics. Oral health and tobacco use are two issues that have big impacts on patient health.”
The Green Bay native is interested in the link between culture and behavior and how that impacts health, including health disparities. She’ll work out of DePere, Wisconsin, a suburb of Green Bay.
“The opportunity to bring the research back to my home region is a really cool thing.”