Communicable Disease Prevention, Women, Youth & Children
Cancer, Population Health, School-based Efforts, Social Determinants of Health
Evaluation, Health Education & Promotion, Research – Quantitative, Research – Surveillance, Research – Survey, Technical Assistance
Marta Induni, PhD, has been a Principal Investigator (PI) at the Public Health Institute (PHI) for more than 25 years. She serves as the Director of Tracing Health, a program launched in response to the public health emergency pandemic of COVID-19 that provides contact tracing and scientific support services to counties and local health departments on the West Coast. Born in Argentina and a native Spanish speaker, Dr. Induni is committed to providing culturally and linguistically responsive services to people with COVID-19 and their contacts by onboarding staff who reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.
Prior to launching Tracing Health, Dr. Induni served as Senior Director of Operations for the Cancer Registry of Greater California (CRGC) and Program Director for the Survey Research Group (SRG) where she got her start in 1993 as a call center supervisor, and later as a research scientist. Having conducted survey research for more than two decades, Dr. Induni has experience working as the state coordinator of surveys including the California Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, the California Women’s Health Survey, and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. She is particularly interested in survey research methods, issues in questionnaire development, and translation.
Dr. Induni received her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Davis, where she studied health behavior change theory, prevention and intervention programs for adolescents. She enjoys travelling with her teenaged daughters, fostering dogs, and curating an eclectic Frida Kahlo-inspired collection.
How does contact tracing work, and who’s doing it? On Episode 131 of the Paula Poundstone Podcast, Induni discusses the importance of contact tracing and why it is so critical to fighting COVID-19.
In The Guardian, Induni comments on the surge of COVID-19 cases in California, health inequities and the impact on the most vulnerable communities.
En Radio Bilingüe, Dra. Marta Induni habla sobre los esfuerzos en condados rurales de los estados de Washington y Oregón para aumentar el rastreo de contactos de Covid en comunidades de trabajadores agrícolas y migrantes.