Dr. Zapata is an assistant professor, researcher and educator in the University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics with an affiliation with the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. She is the faculty director for The Ladder, a partnership between the School of Medicine and Public Health and Boys and Girls Club of Dane County that offers long-term mentorship for scholars from diverse backgrounds. She also helped develop a financial literacy program for school-age students, and wrote “Beyond Beautiful,” a socioeconomic empowerment book for girls of all backgrounds. Dr. Zapata is passionate about developing innovative strategies to combat racial inequities in maternal and child health in Madison and beyond.
Dr. Zapata will be leading the Interactive Panel Discussion on Racism as a Social Determinant of Health during Seminars in Pediatrics 2020.