Tiffni Menendez, MPH

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Senior Program Manager

Tiffni Menendez, MPH is the Operations Manager for the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy, based at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health in Austin. Tiffni coordinates and manages cross-department daily operations and logistics. She focuses on grant management, metrics-tracking, and coordination across projects that support and disseminate evidence-based research to push the frontiers of public health discovery and practice within the family and community environments. She is responsible for all operational and supporting strategy development for the Center, as well as connecting with community partners.

Tiffni brings over 15 years of diverse experience in public health and program management. Much of her professional experience has focused on public health research in the elementary school communities, with an emphasis on obesity prevention and the promotion of physical activity behaviors within the school and home environments. Tiffni holds a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Public Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. She is a runner and enjoys spending time with her family hiking and traveling in the West Texas region.

Current Projects

School Stakeholder Interview Project

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The purpose of the School Stakeholder Interview Project (SSIP) was to learn about school stakeholder preferences and priorities to improve Center strategies for recruiting and retaining research study schools and participants, as well as to guide future projects.

Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation (T-COPPE)

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This project is a collaborative effort that will study the impact of two recent policies: the Safe Routes to School program and an important rule revision to the federal food allocation package administered by the Texas Women, Infants and Children program.

Recent Publications

Texas Legislator Survey: Lessons Learned from Interviewing State Politicians about Obesity Policies

(Nichols D, Dowdy D, Atteberry H, Menendez T, Hoelscher DM; Texas Public Health Journal; 2017)