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Sep 25 2009

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Sanford center grad assistant wins scholarship

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Paula Valencia-Castro

Paula Valencia-Castro

One of the Sanford Center for Aging’s graduate assistants, Paula Valencia-Castro, was awarded a $500 scholarship at the Nevada Public Health Association’s annual meeting this week at the University of Nevada, Reno.

In a letter congratulating her on the award, NPHA President Nancy Menzel, Ph.D., R.N., said the scholarship recognized the quality of her submission including identification of a public health issue facing Nevada, her professional goals, and plans to contribute to the field of public health.

Originally from Chile, Paula graduated from the Universidad de Playa Ancha, Chile, in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. In 2008 she earned her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from UNR. She is currently working as a research assistant for the Medication Therapy Management program at the Sanford Center for Aging while pursuing a Ph.D in Environmental Sciences and Health.

She is interested in investigating the impact of the built environment and area of residency on individuals’ health. Specifically, she is concerned about how these affect older adults’ well-being and its impact on their health and access to health care and medications.

After earning her Ph.D. she plans to continue working in public health, particularly translating research into practice and developing programs to serve older adults.

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