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Student & Alumni Achievements

Arizona: Alum and ASPPH Fellow Wins Best Doctoral Policy Abstract at APHA

Arizona alum and ASPPH fellow, Dr. Omar A. Contreras was recently awarded the ‘Best Doctoral Level Abstract Award’ by the Community Health Planning and Policy Development (CHPPD) section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) during its 2019 annual conference hosted in Philadelphia. Dr. Contreras’ case-study examined the intricacies and best practices of state Medicaid systems for the coverage and reimbursement policies of diabetes prevention programs. The CHPPD section mission is to develop and advocate for health planning, policies and practices to promote health equity, community empowerment and social justice. Each year, the CHPPD selects one research project across the nation in the doctoral category for this award. Dr. Contreras’ research explored prediabetes and diabetes as a case example, while providing guidance and expertise on the public policymaking process across stakeholders in Arizona to improve chronic diseases.

Dr. Contreras holds a bachelor of science in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona (UArizona), and a master of public health in epidemiology and a doctorate in public health policy and management from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

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