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Meet Our Newest Staff Members
The PRCHN is growing, with three recent additions to our staff. Siddhartha Yavvari is a Data Analyst who is currently working with preliminary data from the IMPACT program. Nicole Vaudrin is the coordinator of the O-NOPREN initiative. Kevin Heine is a new Navigator with the IMPACT program who will be working directly with students in the program

Six Questions for Siddhartha Yavvari
1) Tell me a little bit about your work before you joined the PRCHN. Where did you work, what did you do?
I was a statistics Intern at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in Cincinnati. I worked there for a year while i was a master’s student at the University of Cincinnati majoring in bio-statistics. I worked on a project that is evaluating associations between environmental exposures and biomarkers of oxidative stress in children.

2) Did you start out in data analysis or did you perhaps have a different major in college?
I was a pharmacy major in college but I got interested in data analysis towards the end of it and chose bio-statistics in grad school.

3) You've been here a month now--what is your favorite part(s) of your new job?
Working with a great team and on a project that has a huge impact on the community in Cleveland. I'm currently assigned to IMPACT for the first six months. As you already know, IMPACT is a three-year intervention program helping the communities and families in Cleveland improve their health with a focus on physical activity, nutrition, and sleep. Currently, we are done with collecting the baseline and first-year data. My job is to make sure all the data is clean and to restructure the data in such a way that it becomes easier for researchers to use the data. For example, a researcher interested in nutrition will not have to go through the massive data-set to find what they want in the future. I think this step is very crucial as it helps researchers get access to the data they need and publish their results quickly. This will be invaluable because the results in the end can be generalized beyond our sample population and can be used to impact public policy.

4) I know you play volleyball outside of work. What other things interest you?
I like to read , travel, and I want to get back to running.

5) Where did you grow up and where have you settled in Cleveland?
I grew in up in a city called Vizag in South India. I now live in Edgewater, Cleveland.

6) Is there anything else you'd like to share with the PRCHN and its friends?
I used to spend time in Huron with my cousins during my summer breaks in grad school. It's now very exciting to work in Cleveland and live so close to them.


Six Questions with Nicole Vaudrin
1) You came to the PRCHN as a graduate student. Can you tell me a bit about your studies and how you came to the center?
I have a BA in environmental studies with an emphasis in Agroecology from Prescott College and a BS and MS from Arizona State University in Nutrition/Dietetics. One of my professors at ASU, Dr. Punam Ohri-Vachaspati, sent me information on the PRC and PhD program, since FreshLink aligns well with my interests in local food systems and public health nutrition. I'm currently enrolled as a PhD student in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

2) Was nutrition your major in college or did you start out on a different path?
Since high school, I've been focused on the power of food in terms of first animal rights, then the environment, and most recently health and justice. To answer your question though, yes, nutrition was my major in college.

3) What aspect(s) of the O-NOPREN position do you find most intriguing? What are you looking forward to with this job?
For the “Building Capacity for Obesity Prevention” O-NOPREN project, I'm intrigued by the process of creating the very useful end product (a decision-making tool to help organizations and communities choose the policy, system, and environment interventions for them) as well as gaining more experience with qualitative data collection and analysis. The FM TracksTM application, designed to gather and organize farmers’ market sales and incentive usage, has involved working with a diverse group of organizations within the farmers' market world and computer programming. My understanding of the complexities involved with implementing and evaluating incentive programs has greatly expanded, and I look forward to continuing to learn more.

4) What are some of your interests outside of work?
I have decided to go car-less, so especially in warmer weather, I enjoy bike riding for recreation and transportation. As I mentioned before, I love food and so appreciate food-centric activities, like cooking, finding unique local restaurants, and shopping at fun and interesting venues, like farmers’ markets, the West Side Market, and ethnic grocery stores.

5) Where did you grow up and where have you settled in Cleveland?
I'm from Rocky River and currently live in Westpark.

6) Is there anything else you'd like to share with the PRCHN and its stakeholders?
I don't think I have anything else I'd like to share. :)


Six Questions with Kevin Heine
1) Tell me a little bit about your work before you joined the PRCHN. Where did you work, what did you do?
For the last two years, I have worked for a company called Wellness Coaches USA that focuses on corporate wellness programs. I worked with 15-20 different companies around the Cleveland and Akron area fulfilling several different wellness-related services. I would administer metric testing, give group presentations on health topics, help people with diet and exercise plans, and provide consultation for a wide range of health-related goals. Working in that setting allowed me to impact a lot of people and promote positive behavior change every single day.

2) I understand you have a fitness background. Was that your major in college or did you start out on a different path?
I actually started off in the business school at Ohio State but quickly realized it was not what I wanted to do. I always loved the biological sciences and, after some exploration, graduated with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Business Administration.

3) What aspect(s) of the Navigator position do you find most intriguing? What are you looking forward to with this job?
I love working with kids and am passionate about putting an end to childhood obesity, so I am very excited for the opportunity to work in that area. I am most looking forward to the interactions with the kids and to helping them achieve something new and exciting.

4) What are some of your interests outside of work?
Too many! I played volleyball in college and still play for fun a couple times per week. I also have been brewing beer at home for the last several years and find that to be a great way to unwind.

5) Where did you grow up and where have you settled in Cleveland?
I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, but relocated to Ohio for college. Now I live in Lakewood, and I love it!

6) Is there anything else you'd like to share with the PRCHN and its stakeholders?
I am excited to be a part of the team and contribute to research that will help people improve their health and well-being.
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