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Mara has served in the Research & Evaluation Group at Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) since 2014, engaged in a wide variety of projects related to sexual health, substance use, youth advocacy, LGBTQ health, tobacco prevention and cessation, and maternal health. In her position as a Research Coordinator, she employs a range of methods across research studies and evaluations, managing data collection, conducting qualitative and quantitative analyses, building data collection tools (such as surveys and interview guides), and developing utilization-focused reports to inform programming for adolescents. Her interests also include the use of data visualization as a tool for increasing information accessibility for young people. In 2017, Mara helped found PHMC’s LGBTQ+ Employee Group.
PHMC is a non-profit public health organization with a mission of creating and sustaining healthier communities. Comprised of hundreds of programs, a network of subsidiary organizations, and six federally qualified health centers, PHMC’s work spans physical, behavioral, and mental health; substance use; health promotion and prevention; criminal justice; workforce development and economic inclusion; education; and child welfare and family social services. PHMC’s Research & Evaluation Group works locally, regionally and nationally with diverse partners to conduct new research and strengthen existing services through robust evaluation approaches.