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Nutrition and Physical Activity Program

3530 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Phone: (213) 351-7875
Fax: (213) 351-2793


PROGRAM STAFF

Dipa Shah-Patel, MPH, RD

Program Director

Dipa oversees all programmatic and administrative functions for the Nutrition and Physical Activity Program. She received a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Master in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Email: dshah@ph.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 351-7875

Irene Dickerson

Administrative Assistant

Email: idickerson@ph.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 351-7856

Aletha Wild

Project Officer

Aletha oversees contracts for the Champions for Change grantees in Service Planning Area 6 (Sustainable Economic Enterprises – Los Angeles or SEE-LA, The Children’s Collective, Inc., National Health Foundation, Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health, and Children’s Bureau of Southern California). She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and a Master in Public Health from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Email: awild@ph.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 351-7863

Daniel Rizik-Baer, MSW

Project Officer

Daniel provides technical assistance, program support, and contract oversight to the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). Daniel received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters in Social Welfare, Management and Planning concentration, from University of California, Berkeley.

Email: DRizik-Baer@ph.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 351-7851

Fatinah Darwish, MPH, RD

Program Manager

Fatinah provides technical assistance and support to Champion for Change grantees that are screening for food insecurity at health care centers and referring clients to local food resources. She leads the coalition, Los Angeles County Nutrition Access Collaborative (Nutrition Access LA) which focuses on reducing food insecurity in Los Angeles County. Fatinah received a Bachelor of Science from the Ohio State University and completed her dietetic internship at the VA Greater Los Angeles Systems. She obtained a Master of Public Health from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Email: fdarwish@ph.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 351-7864

Ibtisam Khoury-Sirhan, MPH, CHES

Health Educator

IIbtisam Khoury-Sirhan coordinates the Quality Improvement Measures, the Continuing Medical Education (CME) and the Health Education Quality Committee for the Division of Chronic Disease, Injury and Prevention. Ibtisam obtained a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Food Administration and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

Email: isirhan@ph.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 351-7853

Jennifer Clark, MS, RD

Project Officer

Jennifer oversees contracts for the Champions for Change grantees in Service Planning Area 4 (Occidental College – Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Para Los Ninos, Special Services for Groups, Youth Policy Institute and Episcopal Diocese). She received a Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University and completed both her Masters of Science in Nutrition and her dietetic internship through the California State University, Los Angeles Coordinated Dietetic Program.

Email: jclark@ph.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 427-4442

Jennifer Florez, MPH

Communications Manager

Jennifer oversees the communications component, including media campaign, of the Champions for Change Healthy Communities Initiative. She works on marketing strategies to further awareness of Champions for Change efforts and brand throughout LA County. Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and obtained a Master of Public Health from University of Southern California (USC) with an emphasis in Health Communications.

Email: jflorez@dhs.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 351-7866

Julia Caldwell, MPH, PhD

Research Analyst III

Julia is a research analyst with the Special Projects team which focuses on the evaluation of SNAP-Ed programs. Julia received a Master in Public Health and PhD in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago.

Email: jcaldwell@ph.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 427-4409

Katy Kashani, MPH

Project Officer

Katy oversees contracts for the Champions for Change grantees in Service Planning Area 2 (Northeast Valley Health Corporation, California State University, Northridge – Marilyn Magaram Center, Glendale Adventist Medical Center) and SPA 3 (Day One, Institute for Public Strategies). She received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from University of California, Irvine (UCI) and completed her Masters of Public Health at the University of Southern California (USC).

Email: kkashani@ph.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 351-7861

Kelly Warner, MPH, RD

Public Health Nutritionist

Kelly assists in providing support for the coalition, Los Angeles County Nutrition Access Collaborative which focuses on reducing food insecurity in Los Angeles County. Kelly received a Bachelor of Science from California State University, Los Angeles and completed her dietetic internship at the VA Greater Los Angeles Systems. She obtained a Master of Public Health from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Email: kwarner@ph.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 351-7865

Lana Skylar, MPH

Program Manager

Lana oversees the Program Evaluation and Reporting System (PEARS) for the Champions for Change grant and provides technical assistance to subcontracted agencies on data entry and data management. She received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Email: lsklyar@ph.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 351-7820

Lynnley Huey, DrPH, MPH, RD

Public Health Nutritionist

Lynnley leads the Asian American implementation guide project and assists in evaluations for SNAP-Ed programs. Lynnley completed her Bachelor of Arts from New York University (NYU). She received her Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from Loma Linda University.

Email: LHuey@ph.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 351-7866

Natalie Banda

Community Health Worker

Natalie Banda helps facilitate nutrition education classes in the community to promote healthy eating and active living. She assists with nutrition outreach efforts such as health fairs, community events and the Promotores Program in Los Angeles County. Natalie has been certified as a Nursing Assistant and has previous experience assisting families to apply for social services such as CalFresh and Medi-Cal.

Email: NBanda@ph.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 351-7866

Michael Fox

Management Analyst

Michael supports the Nutrition and Physical Activity Program by offering assistance on special projects.  His unique role reinforces efforts of collective impact by providing a secondary analysis in the evaluation of public health initiatives and interventions designed to address obesity and chronic disease across the social ecological model. Michael Fox obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California

Email: mfox@ph.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 351-7822

Tania Marquez, MPH

Assistant Program Analyst

Tania oversees contracts for the Champions for Change grantees in SPA 7 (YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, Human Services Association, AltaMed Health Services, The Whole Child). Tania received her Bachelor of Nutritional Science from California State University, Los Angeles and completed her Master of Public Health at the University of Southern California (USC).

Email: tmarquez@ph.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 351-7833

Victoria Quintero

Assistant Health Educator

Victoria Quintero teaches nutrition education classes to the Spanish community groups and individuals and provides the train the trainer program to promotoras. Victoria participates in nutrition outreach efforts at health fairs and community events in Los Angeles County. She also performs store merchandizing activities, conducts food demonstrations and store tours at Los Angeles County local markets. Victoria received a Diploma of Medical Assistant, Cardiac tech and Phlebotomist from Associated Technical College Los Angeles CA.

Email: vquintero@ph.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 351-7875

Xochitl Valdivia, MS, RD

Program Manager

Xochitl oversees the Healthy Worksites Program which partners with qualifying worksites to provide nutrition and physical activity education to employees, and technical assistance to create healthier workplaces. Xochitl received her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Nutrition at California State University Northridge (CSUN) where she also completed her dietetic internship.

Email: xvaldivia@ph.lacounty.gov
Phone: (213) 351-7860

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