Jacob Nitzkin

Research Specialist, CPP


BS, Neuroscience, Michigan State University


Jake contributes to the activities of the National Initiatives research team at the Center for Patient Partnerships as an Associate Research Specialist. Currently, he is working on projects that focus on capturing the breadth of experiences of individuals that have or are at-risk for Hereditary Cancers, and the experiences of individuals that have Breast Cancer. Additionally, Jake is collaborating with a team of individuals from universities throughout the country to establish a digital presence for the Health Experiences Research Network (HERN).

As an undergraduate student at Michigan State University, Jake established the Bedside DJ Volunteer Program at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, which teaches volunteers to provide comfort for patients by sharing music at their request and spending extended periods of time with them. He currently coordinates Bedside DJ Volunteer Programs locally at UW Health and Meriter Hospital, and in Michigan at Beaumont Hospital - Farmington Hills. His experiences serving patients as a Bedside DJ Volunteer inspired him to work alongside those that recognize the importance of honoring and researching patient experiences to inform health provider and policy changes. He intends to pursue an advanced degree in Public Health.

Jake grew up in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, and moved to Madison, WI with his partner after completing his undergraduate degree at Michigan State University. In his free time, he enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, writing music, cooking, and watching groovy NPR Tiny Desk Concerts.

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