I am happy to announce that Omar Contreras will be joining the Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease as the new Diabetes Prevention and Control Program Manager. Omar has been with the Arizona Department of Health Services since 2010, serving as an epidemiologist. Prior to joining ADHS Omar worked within the field of chronic disease as a fellow for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Upon conclusion of the fellowship, Omar knew he wanted to return to Arizona to be close to family, friends, and the community. As Omar shared, “growing up in a diabetic family posed some challenges for me. Not only did I have to understand the science behind diabetes, but also serve as the nexus between my monolingual family and health care providers. It was during my graduate work that my core focus was on chronic disease. I, along a dedicated research team, followed a cohort of diabetic and obese adolescents for two years on the level of adherence for a personalized exercise program, with an ultimate goal of decreasing their risk factors for burden of disease.”
Omar is a native of Tucson, AZ and a “Wildcat at heart!” Please join me is welcoming Omar to the Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease and Arizona Diabetes Coalition / Program. His first day will be Monday, August 6th.
Office Chief – Chronic Disease