Role: Population Health Program Coordinator
Irene joined FDRHPO in November 2017 as the Population Health Improvement Program Coordinator. Her work focuses on community health improvement initiatives and stakeholder engagement, while also collaborating with other FDRHPO staff on program execution. Irene also coordinates a state grant for the region that focuses on preventing and reducing obesity and diabetes.
Irene is passionate about public health and working with under-served populations. She has an MPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Texas School of Public Health and a B.S. in Biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Prior to joining FDRHPO, she was a Tobacco Prevention Project Specialist at a public health department in Colorado, where she created project evaluation tools, collected/analyzed data, and collaborated closely with stakeholders and residents to successfully implement smoke-free policy in low-income housing. She also has interest in global health and has experience working on public health projects in Latin America. She enjoys the great outdoors, travel, and is always up to learn something new!