Terry Silberman is Chief of Planning and Evaluation.
Terry joined our staff in 1993 as a maternal-child health specialist, assigned to special projects. She had earned her bachelor’s degree in international affairs at Lewis and Clark College. Following graduation, Terry worked with women’s groups in rural Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer, focused on women’s health and development, which inspired her interest in community health.
After earning a master’s degree in public health from the UCLA School of Public Health, she worked as a population fellow in Zimbabwe at the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council. Terry then continued her graduate work at UCLA, conducting research on cervical cancer screening, and earned a doctorate in public health.
At South LA Health Projects, Terry transitioned from maternal-child health specialist to head of planning and evaluation and in 2003 was named chief. In this capacity she provides coordination and oversight to our planning and evaluation activities, serves as investigator on several projects, and develops proposals to enhance our services.
Since 1999 she has been a co-investigator, first with Immunize LA Kids (1999-2007) and later with Immunize LA Families (2007 – 2012), projects funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Program. She continues to work actively with the Immunize LA Families Coalition and serves on the IZLAF Executive Committee.
Terry has worked with the South LA Best Babies Collaborative as an evaluator since 2005. She is now an investigator as well on the Little by Little project, which promotes the development of early literacy skills at WIC.
She recently collaborated with investigators from UCLA and the PHFE WIC program under a Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) community engagement project to strengthen partnerships between academic institutions and WIC.
Terry conducts WIC participant surveys and needs assessments, supports studies initiated by USDA and other institutions, and coordinates submissions to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at LA BioMed.
She engages with staff to support planning, evaluation and dissemination activities on projects complementary to WIC program services ranging from promotion of healthy births, and interconception care to early childhood development and immunization promotion.