Oscar Parra is the Administrator for the UA Center for Disparities in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism (CDDOM) and the Program Director for the CDDOM Disparities Biobank Research Initiative. As Administrator, he works closing with the CDDOM Center Director and oversees all financial matters, center operations and personnel, and all center research initiatives. As the CDDOM Disparities Biobank Program Director, he oversees all aspects of the research project on behalf of the principal investigator, including budgets, operations, study protocols and SOP, as well as personnel and community partnership agreements.
Prior to his current position, Oscar was most recently a grants and contracts administrator for Habitat for Humanity Tucson. He also was a research specialist with the University of Arizona College of Nursing on its NIH-funded Family Diabetes Study from 2012 to 2015, consulting with the principal investigator on program operations to develop an extensive systematic operational data collection approach to increase accuracy and tracking of information, train new graduate assistants, administer questionnaires and obtain biometric data of research participants. In addition, he was a business development coordinator for Tech Launch Arizona. Before that, he was program manager for the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health's Communities Putting Prevention to Work Program, which was funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, as well as a senior program coordinator for Leaders across Borders Training Program and administrative associate for the Arizona Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, which was funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.
Oscar holds a Master of Administration, Health Sciences degree from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Arizona State University. In addition, Oscar is currently pursing a second masters degree, a Master's of Public Health in Health Services Administration from the University of Arizona.