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Colleen Denny-Garamendi, M.P.H, Dr.PH

Dr. Colleen Denny-Garamendi has spent her career working to improve public health programs and raise awareness about a wide variety of public-health issues. She is recognized as an expert in qualitative research methods and for developing culturally and educationally appropriate health education brochures for clinics in California.


Dr. Denny-Garamendi’s professional experience includes conducting program evaluations, community-needs assessments, health services research, teaching, planning public health programs, grant writing and designing health education materials.

Prior to founding Professional Evaluation Group, she was a faculty member in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of California, Davis’, School of Medicine. Her work has been published in several peer-review journals, including Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Maternal and Child Health Journal and Drug Safety.  During her academic career, she was funded by The California Endowment, The Compton Foundation, UC Davis-University Outreach and International Programs and the UC Berkeley Center for Latino Policy Research.  Dr. Denny-Garamendi continues to serve as a guest lecturer at UC Davis in the Master’s of Public Health program and has made numerous presentations of her work at national conferences.


Dr. Denny-Garamendi received her BA in politics from Mount Holyoke College and her Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.  After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, she received her doctorate in Public Health from UC Berkeley.


She is a member of the American Evaluation Association, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Northern California and the UC Berkeley Public Health Alumni Association and is a Member of the Calaveras County Board of Education.

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