Irma Carrillo Cardenas, MPH
Irma Carrillo Cardenas is the Study Coordinator for the Arkansas Children’s HealthWatch study site. Previously she worked for the Child Advocacy and Public Health Department at Arkansas Children’s Hospital as a Public Health Program Specialist. She holds a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center, where she focused her graduate work in community health and nutrition. She initiated her public health career working with the Border AIDS Partnership, a philanthropic border collaborative to address HIV/AIDS prevention in the Paso del Norte Region along the U.S./Mexico Border. She has planned, implemented and contributed to evaluation activities of community-based initiatives and binational and regional efforts to improve and promote health among vulnerable populations for over 12 years. She made Arkansas her new home in 2013, where her first job was as a research assistant on the “Together We Inspire Smart Eating.” She conducted qualitative interviews of head start teachers and parents of young children throughout the state. Born and raised along the US/Mexico border she enjoys a lot of sun, spicy food, and expansive desert outdoors but has really enjoyed experiencing the four distinct seasons that Arkansas offers.