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Yolanda Martinez

Florida Department of Health in Orange County

Yolanda Martinez

Yolanda G. Martínez,EdPhD, PhD, CPM
Chief, Office of Performance and Quality Improvement (OPQI)

Dr. Martínez currently serves as the Chief, Office of Performance and Quality Improvement.  She holds a Doctorate degree in Applied Anthropology with emphasis on qualitative research and another Doctorate degree in Education with emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction.  Both degrees are from the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa.  From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Martínez was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in School Restructuring and Children At-Risk for Educational Failure, Department of Special Education at USF.  Dr.  Martínez started with DOH Orange in 1997 as the lead evaluator for, the TeenAge Pregnancy Prevention program, a national demonstration program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   Other position she has held in the department include: Director , Office of Minority Health (2005-2007), Director, Community Planning and Assessment Division (2007-2009), Director, Office of Community Health (2009-2015).  In addition, Dr. Martínez has served as the Director/Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator for various state and federal funded projects including a Better Weight for a Better You – BABY, Limited Income Pool project, Communities Putting Prevention to Work ($6.6 million).

In 2003, Dr. Martínez was one of a handful of Hispanic women to be chosen to participate in the prestigious National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI).  Through NHLI, she has completed leadership training through the Center for Creative Leadership in San Diego, California and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  Dr. Martínez is a Certified Public Manager (2006) from Florida State University.  Dr. Martínez has also completed Yellow Belt and Green Belt Six Sigma Training as is correctly a Sterling Examiner through the Florida Sterling Council. 
Dr. Martínez has various publications and has presented in state and national conferences.