Diana Martinez works with Dr. Margaret Handley on her CHARM intervention study "Adapting an Automated Telephone Support Program to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in High Risk Women" and Dr. Neda Ratanawongsa on her project "Patients, Clinicians, and Computer in Primary and Subspecialty Care".
Diana, a native of El Salvador, lived for many years in Mexico City where she graduated from medical school. She went on to work in community based health projects in rural Mexico and El Salvador. Diana then returned to academics to study public health and demographic sciences, which eventually led to a fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Since then she has been involved in coordinating innovative research studies with a focus on health literacy and public health interventions in areas of reproductive health, pesticide exposure, and chronic disease among diverse populations across California.
Never easily satisfied, Diana became passionate about film and radio production. She is currently senior producer of “Letters and Politics” show at KPFA radio station in Berkeley. Her dream is to apply her media and communication arts experience to creatively achieve more effective outcomes in health research, education, civic advocacy, and promotion of social change among traditionally marginalized populations. Diana’s other interests include world politics, Italian cooking, riding her bicycle, and talking to both friendly and shy cats (of the feline persuasion) on the street.
Diana is a member of the preventing Type 2 diabetes in high risk minority women using the ATSM research project. She provides programmatic and research coordination support.