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Suzanne Ryan-Ibarra, PhD, MPH

Research Scientist

Suzanne Ryan-Ibarra, PhD, MPH, is a Principal Investigator and Senior Research Scientist at the Public Health Institute. She has more than 10 years of experience in public health, particularly in obesity prevention, program evaluation, population health, and epidemiology. Her expertise includes study design, data collection, and data analysis for qualitative and quantitative methods. Dr. Ryan-Ibarra currently provides scientific oversight and statistical expertise for the Center for Wellness and Nutrition; the Population Health Innovations Lab; and the Survey Research Group. She is currently a Co-Investigator for multiple research and evaluation projects based throughout the nation that focus on evaluating the economic and health impacts of community-based obesity prevention interventions, including SNAP-Ed programs. In addition, she is currently a Co-Investigator on a multi-year evaluation of the California Accountable Communities for Health Accelera tor Sites initiative, and a Co-Investigator on a multi-year study to examine the impact of the Berkeley, CA sugar-sweetened beverage tax on population nutrition and retail behavior.

Dr. Ryan-Ibarra is especially interested in program evaluation and research on obesity, nutrition, and physical activity which will inform public health programs and policies. Before working as a researcher, she led public health interventions with the US Peace Corps in Ecuador and the Alameda County Community Food Bank in California. Dr. Ryan-Ibarra received her Doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of California, Davis, and her Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Education from San Francisco State University. Her dissertation measured the impact of public policies on sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and purchases in California.

Time to Modernize: Local Public Health Transitions to Population-Level Interventions (2019)

Abstract Objectives To identify facilitating factors that guide local health departments (LHDs) in their transition from direct clinical se...

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Association of Paid Sick Leave Laws With Foodborne Illness Rates (2017)

Introduction Previous studies suggest an association between paid sick leave (PSL) and better population health, including fewer infectious...

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Core Metrics Pilot Project Final Report (2017)

The Blue Shield of California Foundation sponsored an Institute of Medicine (IOM) workshop on core metrics which led to the formation of an IO...

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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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Impact Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program with Michigan Harvest of the Month in Schools (Grades K-8) (2014)

This report summarizes findings prepared for the Michigan Fitness Foundation and Michigan Department of Education from a quasi-experimental interve...

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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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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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Nutrition & Diet

The Public Health Institute views nutrition and diet as fundamental building blocks to good health. We are committed to reducing obesity and improv...

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Obesity Prevention

The obesity epidemic is a growing threat to our nation's long-term health, with communities of color and low-income populations disproportionat...

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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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