Triana Kazaleh Sirdenis

Senior Program Manager, Assessments & Evaluation

Triana manages CommonHealth ACTION programs that develop leadership, build capacity, and foster systemic change. As the leader of the Community Practice Team, she provides programmatic guidance and technical assistance to 80 initiatives around the country.

I take action for equity because the experiences, leadership, and wisdom of those most impacted by an issue must be centered in our approach to change. How we do “the work” is just as important as “the work.

A veteran researcher, educator and organizer with a passion for gender, racial, disability and environmental justice, Triana is driven to support communities of color and other marginalized groups as they build power. 

Triana’s role includes supporting organizations with EDI assessment, strategy, and community practice, and managing the capstone project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Program. Her expertise includes collaborative program design, participatory research, evaluation, structural public health practice, group processes, health communication and education.

Before joining CommonHealth ACTION, Triana directed MFierce, a coalition that collaboratively created and implemented strategies to reduce sexually transmitted infections in Michigan. She has worked on environmental health disparities, food insecurity and intimate partner violence at organizations like ACCESS Community Health and Research Center, Michigan State University Extension, and People’s Kitchen Detroit. Since 2011 she has been active in Allied Media Project’s annual conference, supporting national healing justice work through liberatory and collective practices.

Triana earned a MPH from the University of Michigan with a focus on health communication and community/ecological practice, and a BA in Health Studies and Psychology from Michigan State University. She is based in her hometown of Detroit, Mich.