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Marta Induni , PhD, MA

Research Program Director

Marta Induni, PhD, is the research program director of the Survey Research Group (SRG) at PHI. With more than 20 years of survey research experience, Dr. Induni has served as state coordinator of many surveys, including the California Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, the California Women's Health Survey, and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  

Dr. Induni is particularly interested in survey research methods and issues in questionnaire development and translation. In addition to directing SRG, she currently serves on the CDC’s Bi-national Border Health Technical Workgroup, as part of the Obesity Prevention Evaluation Task Force, and the California Women’s Health Survey Editorial Board. She has served as the data director and administrative project manager for multiple case-control studies, such as food-borne disease outbreaks, immunization coverage, and cancer studies. 

Dr. Induni received her doctoral degree in educational psychology from the University of California, Davis, where she studied health behavior change theory and prevention/intervention programs for adolescents. Since starting with SRG in 1993, Dr. Induni has held numerous positions, including acting research program director, research scientist, and call center supervisor. She is particularly pleased to have been elected to represent the PHI principal investigators and program directors on the PHI Board of Directors. 


2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System - Environmental Health Branch

Five questions on asthma, proposed by the Environmental Health Investigations Branch (EHIB), will be included in the 2011 California Behavioral Risk Factor Survey. PHI is collecting data on the questions through the survey and providing a final 2011 BRFS dataset.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Survey Data Analysis

Survey Research Group is completing a statistical analysis with Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data with respect to adverse childhood experiences.

American Indian Maternal-Child Health Indicators

The Survey Research Group will perform comprehensive data analysis pertaining to selected American Indian Maternal-Child Health indicators.

California Emerging Infections Program Survey

The Survey Research Group will continue efforts for the California Emerging Infections Program.  SRG will 1) continue data collection until all calling protocols are met, 2) conduct daily monitoring of staff, 3) produce weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, and quarterly sample reports for CEIP, 4) meet regularly with CEIP staff to report progress, 5) clean and code data, 6) manage datasets and prepare for submission.

Environmental Health Investigation Branch Questions for BRFS

The Survey Research Group will collect data on several questions proposed by the California Environmental Health Investigation Branch on the 2013 California Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS).

Service Cancer Case Reporting

Cancer Registry of Greater California will provide abstracts of cancer cases with reportable neoplasms for Sierra View Medical Center.

Survey for Lucile Packard Foundation

The Survey Research Group will field and analyze a short survey for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. The Foundation is surveying its grantees about the impact of the Foundation's grantmaking on them and the system of care serving children with special health care needs. To ensure that survey responses are candid and confidential, PHI will handle the survey process and analyze and summarize the results in report form.

Survey of Pre-Cancer HPV Cases

The Survey Research Group will conduct survey programming and monitoring, methodology contribution, data cleaning, and a final report for the California Emerging Infections Program focusing on human papillomavirus (HPV) pre-cancer cases.

Toiyabe Indian Health Project Partnerships in Community Health Evaluation Plan

PHI will support Toiyabe Indian Health Project, Inc. with evaluation of their Partnerships in Community Health award from CDC.  PHI will analyze baseline data of their Actual Use Evaluation of Walking Paths, initiate follow-up data collection, and initiate baseline data collection on the Outcome Evaluation Community Survey.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey project collects and analyzes data on risk behaviors of adolescents in the general population, in order to prevent current and emerging chronic diseases and injuries. The Survey Research Group is gathering data from roughly 1,500 surveys from adolescents, and will disseminate data to researchers, policy makers and educators.

Cancer Registries as a Resource for Linking Bioethics and Environmental Ethics (2017)

The Executive Director of the Presidential Commission on BioEthics Issues, Dr. Lisa M. Lee, recently authored a call for a bridge between the field...

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Green Light: A Correlation of Cancer Survivorship and Insurance Coverage in California Counties (2017)

With healthcare and access to health insurance again garnering intense political attention in Congress across the country, and in California, PHI&#...

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Human Subjects Protection and Cancer Surveillance Research: Revised Regulations, Expanded Opportunities (2017)

On January 19, 2017, the United States federal government issued revisions to the Common Rule under which scientists who receive federal funding co...

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Healthy Employees, Healthy Business: The Value of a Healthy Workplace (2016)

The Public Health Institute’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition is a national leader in developing campaigns, programs and partnerships to re...

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Interactive Digital Primer: Adverse Childhood Experiences across California (2016)

A Social Movement, Driven By Communities And Rooted In Medicine Recognizing that the long-lasting effects of adverse childhood experiences...

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The Relationship Between Food Insecurity and Overweight/Obesity Differs by Birthplace and Length of US Residence (2016)

The longer immigrant women reside in the United States, the greater the chances that food insecurity will affect obesity, according to this study b...

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Berkeley Evaluation of Soda Tax (BEST) Study Preliminary Findings (2015)

Interim results presented November 3, 2015 at the American Public Health Association, from the largest-to-date evaluation of Berkeley, California&r...

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Survey Research Group: State-of-the-Art Data Collection, Research, and Analysis (2013)

The Survey Research Group highlights its capabilities and expertise well as the services it offers for public and private secto...

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Current Depression Among Women in California According to Residence in the California–Mexico Border Region (2012)

This study aims to provide a timely snapshot of the current burden of depression, examine predictors of current depression, and explore possible pa...

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Healthy People 2010 Objectives: 23-Year California Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Report 1984-2006 (2010)

The California Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) has operated continuously for the last 23 years, collecting health surveillance information fro...

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California's Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan: Progress Report 2009 (2009)

Cancer mortality from all malignant tumors has significantly declined since 1998. Based on current projections, California will observe a 15% reduc...

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Patterns of Clinically Significant Symptoms of Depression among Heavy Users of Alcohol and Cigarettes (2009)

Abstract  Depression is among the most prevalent and treatable diseases, and it is associated with cigarette smoking and heavy alcohol use. ...

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Adults with Serious Psychological Distress in California (2008)

Understanding mental illnesses is an important component of disease prevention and health promotion. Mental illnesses are associated with disabilit...

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Prevalence of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Physical Activity by Gender and Race/Ethnicity - California, 2005-2006 (2008)

Diets high in fruits and vegetables and participation in regular physical activity are associated with a lower risk for several chronic diseases an...

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The Relationship between Healthy Weight, Physical Activity and Neighborhood Environmental Factors among California Women, 2005 (2008)

This is the complete Data Points series from The California Women’s Health Survey (CWHS). The CWHS was established to collect, analyze, inter...

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The Burden of Asthma in California: A Surveillance Report (2007)

Using all of the most recent available surveillance data, this report presents a comprehensive summary of the burden of asthma in California. R...

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According to the WHO, cancer is among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 mill...

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The evaluation of public health programs and policies is essential to improving health outcomes. PHI offers a full suite of evaluation services&mda...

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Health Equity & Social Justice

Health is a fundamental human right. But in the U.S. and around the world, people of color, low-income communities, people with disabilities and ot...

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Population Health

Access to high-quality, affordable health care is critical. Yet health is also heavily determined by factors outside the doctor’s office, fro...

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Research - Quantitative

To make an effective impact on community health, public health practices, programs and policies must be informed by accurate research and analysis....

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Research - Surveillance

Understanding emerging and existing health threats begins with good data. Public health surveillance ensures that researchers, programs, and policy...

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Research - Survey

The Public Health Institute believes in fostering health and well-being through rigorous quantitative and qualitative research, guided by the princ...

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School-based Efforts

The Public Health Institute champions community-based health solutions, working with partners to advance policy and environmental change strategies...

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Social Determinants of Health

Malnutrition, food insecurity and hunger often go hand-in-hand with obesity and chronic disease. Many vulnerable families live in neighborhoods tha...

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Technical Assistance

Today’s public health systems are challenged to do more with fewer resources. Strengthening public health systems and services is fundamental...

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