Mariah Lafleur leads the Samuels Center team on the evaluation of Kern County CTG. She has been with the Samuels Center since 2008 where she leads research and evaluation projects aimed at improving the health of individuals in low-income communities. Her expertise includes study and evaluation design, qualitative research collection through focus groups, interviews and surveys, and development of briefs and reports that are appropriate for a range of audiences. Her work focuses on chronic disease prevention in Latino populations, improving physical education and physical activity for children and adults, and working with diverse and low-income populations. In addition to leading the Kern County CTG evaluation, she has coordinated and been involved in a variety of projects including evaluation and research of:

  • The California Endowment’s California Freshworks Foundation Initiative
  • Community Transformation Grant in the State of California
  • Communities Putting Prevention to Work in Los Angeles and Santa Clara Counties
  • The Network for a Healthy California’s Latino and African American Campaigns
  • Los Angeles Unified School District’s Physical Education Policy
  • The California Endowment’s Healthy Eating Active Living and the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Programs

Mariah has also worked as a lecturer in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology at UC-Berkeley and taught courses in community and cultural nutrition. She received her masters in public health with an emphasis on nutrition from the UC-Berkeley School of Public Health.