Lauren Barker, MPH, CPH is a Project Coordinator for the Center for Community Health at the University of California, San Diego. She is responsible for fostering the development of policy, systems, and environmental changes to further the objectives of SNAP-Ed interventions including Healthy Retail, School Wellness, Faith-Based Wellness, and Worksite Wellness Programs.
Previously, Lauren worked at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health as a Public Health Scholar. She assisted the department in focus group data collection and evaluation and conducted literature reviews on children’s drink consumption. This research was then used to shape the Water: The Healthiest Choice media campaign launched in October 2015. Additionally, she has volunteered with the American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens program and policy initiatives such as working on the California tobacco tax bill and lobbying for the CPR in Schools bill.
Lauren received her Master of Public Health from the University of Kentucky where she concentrated in Health Behavior and earned her certificate in Health Management. For undergraduate studies, she graduated with honors in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Missouri.