As project manager for the Tobacco Education and Materials Lab (TEAM Lab), Yaneth Rodriguez handles the day-to-day implementation of project objectives and activities, supervises staff and manages the project’s budget. She also provides guidance and oversight on the evaluation of the program and is involved in material development strategies from concept to production. She oversees evaluation matters relevant to conducting formative research, focus group testing and overall program evaluation. She also works with graphic artists and collaborates with other CTCP-funded programs and committees on materials development as needed.
Yaneth is a certified health education specialist and has experience working with diverse populations and communities. She has worked on several tobacco-related research projects since 2003, including as a health educator on a tobacco prevention and cessation program with Southern California alternative high school students; as a research assistant for a study that addressed the effects of acculturation on tobacco and other drug use; and as a research assistant for a project that studied cultural risk and protective factors that affect commercial tobacco use among American Indian adolescents.
She was awarded the Tobacco Related Disease Research Project’s Cornelius Hopper Diversity Award in 2004—a training grant to develop ideas and to study the student receptivity of a culturally tailored tobacco prevention program for Chicano/Latino youth that incorporated culturally relevant activities in an existing tobacco prevention and cessation program.
Other experience includes working with the University of California, Irvine, as school coordinator and data manager on the HEALTHY Study, a National Institutes of Health-funded national, large-scale intervention study on the prevention of Type 2 diabetes among middle school students.
Yaneth earned her B.S. in health promotion and disease prevention studies from the University of Southern California and her master of public health in the global health and leadership track from USC.