Research & Evaluation Section
NEOPB’s Research and Evaluation Section (RES) has four key goals:
• Provide guidance on statewide and county-specific data on obesity and related behaviors and outcomes (such as diabetes and cardio vascular disease).
• Develop and maintain evaluation systems and provide related training and technical assistance for interventions and campaigns implemented by local health departments.
• Develop and implement statewide research and evaluation projects,
• Provide support to NEOPB staff, partners, and other professionals on research and evaluation studies and findings related to consumption of fruits and vegetables, sugar-sweetened beverages, and water; physical activity; obesity, and related chronic diseases, specifically among low- income populations.
The RES Team
Sacramento Staff- State
Lauren Whetstone, PhD, Section Chief, Evaluator (PSE)
Celeste Doerr, PhD, Research Scientist III, PI for Media Campaign Evaluation, PI for Champions for Healthy Change
Marja Strutz, BA, Associate Governmental Program Analyst
Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI), UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR)
Starting in FFY16 CDPH NEOPB has partnered with University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI) to better serve the research and evaluation needs of the branch. The following NPI staff provides LHD support.
Carolyn Rider, MA, Evaluator (Point of contact for IOE)
Amanda Linares, MS, Evaluator (IOE)
Evan Talmage, Evaluator (Point of contact for ATF/EARS)
Alexis Narodovich, MPH, Evaluator (ATF/EARS)