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Dec 03 2009

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Our grad assistant elected secretary of Nevada Public Health Association

Paula Valencia-Castro

Paula Valencia-Castro

Paula Valencia-Castro, a graduate assistant with the Sanford Center for Aging, has been elected secretary of the northern Nevada chapter of the Nevada Public Health Association.

Originally from Chile, she works as a research assistant in the Medication Therapy Management program. She earned her Master of Public Health (Epidemiology) from UNR and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and Health.

Also newly elected an officer of the northern Nevada chapter was Member-at-Large Laura Davidson, a third-year doctoral candidate in social psychology.

The NPHA is the state affiliate of the American Public Health Association and brings together professionals representing a wide range of public health organizations, including the Nevada State Health Division, local health departments, universities, nonprofits, businesses, and other public-health professionals. Among other objectives, the organization works to enlighten the public about modern practices of public health, and it promotes high ethical standards for public-health workers.

Other officers of the northern Nevada chapter with UNR connections are Vice President Teresa Sacks, a health-research analyst with the Sanford Center for Aging; and Member-at-Large Enid Jennings, on-campus affiliate of Student Health Services.

Statewide officers of the NPHA include Treasurer Sara Velasquez, a program officer with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension in Las Vegas; and American Public Health Association Affiliate Representative and past-president John Packham, director of health-policy research in the Education and Health Services Research Center in Reno.

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