TECCS Staff Directory
The following directory lists the various individuals working on TECCS. Click on any name to expand the information card and view more information. Click on the name again to collapse the information card.
Staff from the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities
Efren Aguilar heads GIS activities for the Center. He applies cutting-edge GIS and web-based technologies to support planning and evaluation practices that emphasize the impact of neighborhood conditions on individual and community health. His work emphasizes the democratization of data and inclusion of local residents in developing community-based planning efforts, actionable research, and place-based funding decisions. His professional experience runs a broad range of social service issues including social justice, homelessness, supporting displaced political refugees, domestic violence, education, public health, and child development.
Previous positions include: Senior Research Analyst for Healthy City; Program Officer for First 5 L.A.; consultant for L.A. Partnership for Early Childhood Investments, the California Endowment, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services; and staff with the Statewide California Coalition for Battered Women, American Cancer Society and the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law.
Josh Bader is a GIS Analyst for the Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems (TECCS) project. Josh received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Biological Sciences and Geography and a Master’s degree from the University of California-Santa Barbara in Geography. For the past 10+ years, Josh has worked in various GIS capacities for the Nebraska State Government, the University of California-Santa Barbara, the City of Santa Barbara, and now the Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities.
Ellen Rippberger is the National EDI Coordinator for the Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems (TECCS) project. Prior to joining the Center, she served as an administrative specialist at the UCLA OB/GYN Clinic. She focused on patient health education and community outreach.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and her master’s degree in Public Health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, with a concentration in Community Health Sciences.
Dr. Neal Halfon is the director of the Center. He is a professor of pediatrics, health services, and public policy. Dr. Halfon’s research has spanned clinical, health services, epidemiologic, and health policy domains. For more than a decade, Dr. Halfon has worked with national, state and local initiatives aimed at improving early childhood systems. He has also played a significant role in developing new conceptual frameworks for the study of health and health care, including the Life Course Health Development (LCHD) framework.
Dr. Halfon is Principal Investigator for the Los Angeles-Ventura Study Center for the National Children’s Study, a member of the IOM Committee on Child Health, and directs the W.K. Kellogg funded Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems (TECCS) Initiative, a collaborative venture with United Way Worldwide. He is Associate Director of the UCLA Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI). He also served as board member of Children Youth and Families at the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council from 2001-2006.
He received his MD at the University of California, Davis, and his MPH at University of California, Berkeley. He completed his pediatric residency at UC San Diego and UC San Francisco. Dr. Halfon was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at both UC San Francisco and Stanford University.
Dr. Moira Inkelas is Assistant Director of the Center and Assistant Director of the Child and Family Health Program. She applies her training in public policy analysis and public health to examine how systems of care influence quality, access, and performance in children’s health care.
Dr. Inkelas directs quality improvement initiatives to redesign primary care to achieve prevention and development goals for children and their families. She has worked with networks of physicians, early care and education programs, and community organizations to improve care through the Early Developmental Systems Initiative (EDSI). Recent collaborations focus on creating cross-sector learning systems that use process improvement and transformative care design strategies to produce better outcomes for populations of children.
Dr. Inkelas has conducted a range of health services studies, including natural experiments, interventions and evaluations. These studies focus on children with chronic conditions with an emphasis on public insured and health disparity populations. She is part of a university consortium conducting a formative study for the National Children’s Study–Healthy Beginnings–to assess the validity, stability, and associations of measures of health literacy, discrimination, parenting self-efficacy, and health care access and quality among diverse populations in the U.S. She also contributes to the UCLA Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) in developing new community-partnered research activities and infrastructure.
Lisa Stanley is Project Director for the Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems (TECCS) project which uses the Early Development Instrument (EDI) to provide communities with a population-based measure of school readiness to inform local planning and improvement efforts. She has worked in the maternal and child health arena for the past 15 years both overseas in rural West Africa and domestically at the federal and local levels. She has worked in the areas of longitudinal research, community-level evaluation, strategic planning, policy analysis, program management, and coalition development with a focus on maternal and child health, home visiting, childhood immunizations, children with special health care needs, and school readiness. Ms. Stanley coordinated the development of Los Angeles County’s Maternal and Child Health, five-year strategic plan, and managed the county’s local evaluation of its Nurse-Family Partnership home visiting program.
Over the past five years, she was lead evaluator for the First 5 Ventura County effort; coordinated the development of the second edition of the National Survey of Early Childhood Health; and coordinated the Developmental Services Quality Performance Measurement Project to establish a common set of measures for use by state Medicaid agencies to monitor the quality of developmental services.
Shayna Tasoff is the data analyst for the Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems (TECCS) project which uses data from the Early Development Instrument (EDI). Prior to joining the Center, she served as a Research Assistant at MPR Associates, Inc., located in Berkeley, CA. She focused on educational policy, advancing sound practice, and expanding educational access for youth and adults.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at UC Santa Cruz and her master’s degree in Public Health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, with a concentration in Community Health Sciences.
Staff from United World Way
W.K. Kellogg Foundation