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Student & Alumni Achievements

Maryland Alumnus Receives Outstanding Dissertation Award from Academy Health

University of Maryland School of Public Health alumnus Dr. Craig Holden, was honored by Academy Health, a leading national organization serving the fields of health services and policy research, with an award recognizing the contribution of his doctoral research to the understanding of how different groups utilize preventive health services.

[Photo: Dr. Craig Holden]

Dr. Holden’s PhD dissertation, “Preventive Services Use – Disparities and Changes Following Health Care Reform,” showed that while uninsured adults receive preventive services below the recommended guidelines set by Healthy People 2020, that uninsured African Americans and Hispanics are more likely to use some preventive care services than uninsured Whites.

The use of preventive services, such as immunizations, cancer screenings, blood pressure checks, well woman visits and routine physicals, can lead to improved health and enable adults to live longer, healthier lives. Previous research has shown that among populations with health insurance, minorities are generally less likely than whites to access preventative care services, but Dr. Holden’s research found otherwise for uninsured groups.

“As more uninsured people obtain health insurance through the ACA, health care systems will need to adapt to meet increased demand for preventive health care services,” said Dr. Holden when his research was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in January 2015.

Dr. Holden completed his PhD in the department of health services administration in 2015 and now works as a researcher with Altarum Institute.

Academy Health recognizes health services and health policy leaders with awards at their Annual Research Meeting. The Outstanding Dissertation award honors an outstanding scientific contribution from a doctoral thesis in health services research. Judging by the innovative research, this doctoral candidate shows exceptional promise as a health services researcher. AcademyHealth honored and recognized Dr. Holden and other award recipients at the 2016 ARM, held June 26-28 in Boston.