Community nutrition and health

Mary Blackburn

Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences advisor - Alameda County
Nutrition and wellness of vulnerable groups during early childhood, adulthood, and older adulthood
(510) 670-5623

Karina Díaz Rios

Cooperative Extension Specialist in Nutrition, UC Merced
Malnutrition prevention in at-risk populations, culturally relevant community nutrition interventions
Community Nutrition Website:
(217) 552-6336

Erin DiCaprio

Specialist in Community Food Safety in the Department of Food Science and Technology, UC Davis
Food safety, food virology, food microbiology, food safety regulation, manufactured cannabis regulation
(530) 752-6594

Dorina Espinoza

Youth, Families and Communities advisor - Humboldt & Del Norte counties
Individual and community health and wellness
(707) 445-7351

Janessa Hartmann

Community Health and Nutrition advisor - Shasta, Trinity, and Tehama counties
Food security, community health, youth development and education

Marcel Horowitz

Youth, Families and Communities advisor - Sacramento, Solano & Yolo Counties
Development of health and wellness interventions for youth and adults

Zaw Wai Htoo

Community nutrition and health advisor - Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties
Individual & community/public health and nutrition, food safety/security, chronic diseases, aging, gut-brain-axis, physical and mental health and wellness

Danielle Lee

Registered Dietitian and Master of Public Health in Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition Policy Institute
Early childhood nutrition, child care nutrition policy, healthy beverages, retail food environments
(510) 987-0735

Susana Matias

Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology at UC Berkeley
Food access and its connection with dietary patterns and health, maternal and child nutrition, immigrant health, food security, and obesity and diabetes prevention
(510) 642-0980

Yu Meng

UC Cooperative Extension youth, family, and community advisor - Imperial County
Technology-assisted intervention, childhood obesity prevention, community development
(442) 265-7709

Cristina Murillo Barrick
Cristina Murillo Barrick

Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) community development advisor - Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo counties
language access, youth engagement, state funding and policy, centering on historically underserved communities
(510) 305-3256

Cassandra Nguyen

UC Cooperative Extension Nutrition Specialist, UC Davis
Food insecurity and food systems of Native communities


Lenna Ontai

UC Cooperative Extension Family and Early Childhood Specialist
Intersection between family relationships, with a focus on parenting, and dietary behaviors in young children
(530) 752-6410 

Irene Padasas

Community Nutrition and Health advisor - Tulare, Kings, Fresno, and Madera counties
Social and cultural factors that shape health and wellbeing of underserved and low resourced population, particularly ethnic and migrant families
(559) 684-3300

Natalie Price

Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences advisor - Los Angeles & Orange counties
Public health nutrition, food security, social determinants of health
(626) 586-1948

Lorrene Ritchie

Director, Nutrition Policy Institute
UC Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist
Research to inform policy to reduce food insecurity and improve nutrition and health
(510) 642-3589

Katherine Soule

Youth, Families and Communities advisor - San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara counties
Increasing access, equity, and inclusion of marginalized populations in local food systems and nutrition education
(805) 781-5940 

Veronica VanCleave-Hunt
Veronica VanCleave-Hunt

Community nutrition, health and food security advisor - Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter and Yuba counties
Implementation of nutrition education with youth and specialized populations through the development of food-related skills, like cooking and gardening
(530) 552-5812

Laurie Wayne
Laurie "Lio" Wayne

Nutrition and food systems advisor - Modoc, Lassen and Siskiyou counties
Healthy lifestyles, nutrition, food access and security, local food production, preservation and availability
(530) 233-6400 

For more contacts, see the UC Nutrition Policy Institute staff list.