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Dec 03 2009

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Our grad assistant elected secretary of Nevada Public Health Association

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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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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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