Karah Mantinan is the deputy director of Altarum Institute’s Center for Healthy Child and Youth Development where she oversees a portfolio of partnerships and initiatives designed to evaluate, research, and assist efforts that seek to improve child, family, and systems outcomes related to healthy child and youth development. She has more than 10 years of experience in designing evaluation studies focused on nutrition, physical activity, obesity prevention, and chronic disease prevention initiatives.
Ms. Mantinan creates robust, pragmatic solutions for evaluation needs to suit all types of organizations, including nonprofits, government agencies, foundations, and the corporate sector. She has extensive experience in developing and executing customized evaluation plans with multidisciplinary groups of stakeholders, working with diverse cohorts of grantees, developing and executing mixed-methods data collection strategies, and creating insightful reports and materials to communicate results tailored to a variety of audiences. She has conducted studies in a wide variety of settings, including schools, family day care homes, child care centers, afterschool programs, summer programs, worksites, grocery stores, emergency food systems, farmers markets, community gardens, hospitals, community health centers, restaurants, trails, parks, and the community-at-large.
Ms. Mantinan’s portfolio includes leading a series of studies for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, including the 4x4 Health and Wellness Initiative Community Coalitions project designed to reduce obesity by creating healthier communities; the Building Healthy Communities: Step Up for School Wellness program designed to foster a culture of school wellness; and the Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in Before/After School and Summer Program designed to improve the quality and quantity of physical activity and healthy eating in out-of-school time programs. She leads Altarum’s work with the Partnership for a Healthier America designed to verify commitments made by companies to the Partnership to end childhood obesity, including commitments focused on improving the nutrition environment of hospitals, community food access, and opportunities for physical activity. She also oversees the evaluation of the State Alliance of Michigan YMCA’s Michigan Health Endowment Fund project that works to improve the health of young children and older adults through out-of-school time programs, swim instruction, and community-based chronic disease prevention programming. In addition, she conducted a number of studies for YMCA of the USA around healthy eating and physical activity standards in early childhood and afterschool programs, year round feeding programs, and organizational capacity.
Ms. Mantinan holds an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BS in nutritional sciences from Michigan State University. She is also a registered dietitian.