Terry Silberman (she, her) is Chief of Planning and Evaluation.
Terry joined our staff in 1993 as a Maternal-Child Health Specialist, assigned to special projects, while pursuing her graduate studies at UCLA.
Terry’s early public health experience includes working with the Amigos de las Americas Immunization program in rural Nicaragua. Following graduation with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs at Lewis and Clark College, Terry worked with women’s groups in rural Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer, inspiring her to pursue studies in community health.
After earning a master’s degree in public health from the UCLA School of Public Health, she worked as a University of Michigan Population Fellow in Zimbabwe. Terry returned to California to continue her graduate work at UCLA, with a focus on Women’s Health and Epidemiology, earning a doctorate in Public Health.
At South Los Angeles Health Projects (SLAHP), Terry transitioned from Maternal-Child Health Specialist to Chief of Planning and Evaluation. In this capacity she coordinates planning and evaluation activities and serves as investigator on several projects.
She supports WIC-based studies and coordinates submissions to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Lundquist Institute. She has contributed to successfully obtaining grants and contracts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), First 5 LA, the LA County Department of Public Health, and other funders.
Since 1999 she has served as Co-Investigator on several immunization projects, 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 participate in the Immunize LA Families Coalition, serves on its Executive Committee, and actively supports immunization education and promotion activities with SLAHP staff and WIC participants.
Terry provides ongoing technical support to SLAHP contracts, including the SLAHP Healthy Families America Home Visitation project. She also enthusiastically supports SLAHP’s literacy promotion efforts, including the WIC-based Little by Little project, which promotes early literacy skills and school readiness.
Terry designs data collection and continuous quality improvement activities, and supports planning, evaluation and dissemination activities integral and complementary to WIC program services ranging from promotion of healthy pregnancies, births, and interconception care to early childhood development.
She actively collaborates in efforts to promote awareness of racial and ethnic disparities in health, and to support SLAHPs advancing equity and social justice efforts.
Outside of work, Terry enjoys spending time with family and friends, engaging with nature, exploring new vistas near and far, gardening, and practicing yoga. She is looking forward to post-pandemic travel!