Research Coordinator, UTHealth School of Public Health
Alma Ochoa-Del Toro is a Research Coordinator for the UTHealth School of Public Health-Brownsville’s community-wide campaign “Tu Salud ¡Si Cuenta!”, a chronic disease prevention program. She is also currently serving as Past-President and Communications Chair for the Texas Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education. Alma graduated from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a minor in Psychology in 2012, and received a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences from the UTHealth School of Public Health-Austin in 2015. She has also been an active Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) since 2013. Her experience has centered around health education and behavior change in both a nonprofit setting and currently as part of an academic institution. Her work has included outreach, research, and program development, implementation, and evaluation with a focus on increasing physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income communities. Alma grew up in Weslaco and returned to her home of the Rio Grande Valley in 2017 to bring her experience to the community where she grew up. She is now living happily in Harlingen with her husband, Eleazar, and their adorable dog, Teddy. She enjoys reading, traveling, and has recently taken on the challenge of learning Korean.