Krista Patlovich, MPH
Krista Patlovich is a Research Coordinator for Brighter Bites and helps to coordinate research project activities, recruits and retains children and families in the studies, assists with development of evaluation protocols, trains data collection staff, as well as assists with data entry, management and report writing.
She graduated with a Master of Public Health degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health and comes to us with domestic and international public health experience. Her previous experiences included work with the Que Sabrosa Vida project along the Texas-Mexico border (El Paso/Juarez), patient safety program implementation at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and infection control program development and implementation at The National University Hospital of Singapore. Her primary interests include community outreach, process evaluation and program sustainability as well as physical activity and nutrition education for preschool and elementary aged children. She is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer and Youth Exercise Specialist. Currently she conducts free 30 minute exercise class on the UTHealth School of Public Health campus. Krista's interest in the area stemmed in part from her experience as a Division 1 NCAA student athlete at The University of North Texas where she played soccer for four years and had an opportunity to coach youth summer camps.
In her free time she enjoys being outdoors with her family, running, traveling and learning about new people who cross her path.
This project is a collaborative effort to impact eating behavior among predominantly low-income families by introducing them to a routine distribution of fresh produce and corresponding education, ultimately to curb the childhood obesity epidemic.