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Olivia  D. Carter-Pokras

Olivia D. Carter-Pokras Ph.D.

Academic Title: Associate Professor
Primary Appointment: University of Maryland College Park
Secondary Appointments: Epidemiology & Public Health
Location: School of Public Health Building, 2234G
Phone: (301) 405-8037
Fax: (301) 314-9366
Cell: (301) 257-6106

Personal History:

Olivia Carter-Pokras, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Epidemiology at the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health (UMCP-SPH. A health disparities researcher for 3 decades in the Federal government and academia, Dr. Carter-Pokras has been recognized by the Governor of Maryland, Surgeon General, Assistant Secretary for Health, and Latino Caucus of the American Public Health Association for her career achievements to improve health care quality for Latinos, improve racial and ethnic data, and develop health policy to address health disparities. While at UMCP-SPH, she has focused her research, service and education efforts to support translation of epidemiologic research into policy and practice to improve Latino population health. Dr. Carter-Pokras is an elected fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and a member of the American Public Health Association's Education Board. She currently chairs the American College of Epidemiology's Policy Committee, and has served on the Institute of Medicine's Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education Committee. A long-time member of Montgomery County's Latino Health Steering Committee, Dr. Carter-Pokras conducts health assessments of Latinos in Baltimore and Montgomery County in close partnership with local government and community based organizations, and has led NIH funded research projects to develop cultural competency and health literacy curricula, and address oral health of Latino and Ethiopian children and their mothers. She is the Evaluation Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded Prevention Research Center at the University of Maryland. Dr. Carter-Pokras has published more than 56 peer-reviewed journal articles, and her research has played a critical role in national recognition of health disparities experienced by Latinos. Dr. Carter-Pokras lectures on chronic disease epidemiology, epidemiologic methods, cultural competency and health disparities to public health students and health professionals.

Research Interests:

Translation of epidemiologic research into policy and practice, health disparities, cultural competency, Latino population health

Grants and Contracts (in academia):

Extramural Funding, Funded as Principal Investigator:

  • 2R13MD00605-03: National Consortium for Multicultural Education for Health Professionals Annual Meeting, NCMHD/NIH, 9/1/12-8/31/13, $48,765
  • 2R13MD00605-02: National Consortium for Multicultural Education for Health Professionals Annual Meeting, NCMHD/NIH, 9/1/11-8/31/12, $50,000
  • 1R13MD006056-01: National Consortium For Multicultural Education For Health Professionals Annual Meeting. NCMHD/NIH, 7/1/10-6/30/11, $25,000.
  • 1R21HD060294-01A2: Oral Health of Latino and Ethiopian Children and Their Mothers, NICHD/NIH, 09/30/08 â?" 08/31/10, $316,701 (2 yrs).
  • OPASS-8-9738G: Tobacco Program Evaluation MOU, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 11/1/07-12/30/08, $389,000.
  • 1 K07 HL079255-01: Cultural Competency and Health Disparities Academic Award, Maryland's Approach to Cultural Competency in Healthcare. NHLBI/NIH, 9/30/04-9/29/09, $537,516 (5 yrs).
  • PO6646110107: Perceptions of the Latino Community of Montgomery County Maryland about Emergency Preparedness, Montgomery county government, 2006, $55,440.
  • Paper and Special Journal Issue: Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care: What Actions Now?, HHS Office of Minority Health, 2003-2004, $41,378 direct cost

Extramural Funding, Funded as Co-Investigator:

  • AHRQ R24 (Mullins): PATient-centered Involvement in Evaluating the effectiveNess of TreatmentS (PATIENTS), 6/1/13-5/31/18
  • 2 R01 DA018730-04 (MacPherson): Stage II Trial of Novel Behavioral Activation Intervention for Smoking Cessation, National Institute of Drug Abuse, 7/1/10-6/30/14, $250,000 (1st year)
  • 1 U48 DP001929 (Boekeloo): University of Maryland Prevention Research Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9/30/09 - 9/29/14, $343,026 (first year pilot and center).
  • 088 CFDA No. - 93.884 (Bichell): Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry, HRSA, 7/1/05-6/30/08.
  • 1K30 HL04518 (Roghmann, Morris): Clinical Research Curriculum Award, NIH, 9/1/05-12/31/06.
  • PD60 MD00532-01 (Wilson): Community Outreach and Information Dissemination (COID) Core, NIH National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2003-2006, $814,942 direct costs.
  • D55HP0018-04-00 (Duggan): Maryland Family Medicine Fellowship Program. HRSA, 2004-2007, $798,336.
  • K30 HL04518 (Roghmann): NIH Clinical Research Curriculum Award, Development of Training Infrastructure for Clinical Investigators, 2000-2005, $185,128.
  • RWJ Foundation (Baquet): Paper and Special Journal Issue: Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care: What Actions Now?, 2003-2004, $16,605 direct costs.

Extramural Funding, Funded as Collaborator or Consultant:

  • 2007 Consultant, Office of Minority Health Resource Center. $1,500.
  • 2005-2006 Consultant. American Medical Association. TACCT Online Resource Guide Development. $1,500.
  • 2002-2003 Expert Consultant, NCVHS Subcommittee on Populations Report on Health Data Collection and Racial and Ethnic Disparities. National Center for Health Statistics. $10,800.

Intramural Funding, Funded as Principal Investigator:

  • 2012 Improving Health Literacy and Cultural Competency of FDA Consumer Materials. University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation. Innovations in Minority Health Award. $25,000.
  • 2004 General Health Assessment of Latinos in Baltimore. University of Maryland Statewide Health Network. $50,000.
  • 2003 Supporting Physical Activity For Latina Adolescents. University of Maryland Statewide Health Network. $20,000.
  • 2003 Provision of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services. University of Maryland Statewide Health Network. $10,000


Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications (out of 56):

  1. Polk S, Carter-Pokras O, Dover G, Cheng TL. A Call to Invest in Latino and Immigrant Child Health. Journal of Pediatrics (In Press).
  2. Carter-Pokras O, Offutt-Powell TN, Kaufman JS, Giles WH, Mays VM. Epidemiology, Policy and Racial/Ethnic Minority Health Disparities. Annals of Epidemiology. 2012;22:446â?"455.
  3. Davis F, Peterson C, Bandiera F, Carter-Pokras O, Brownson R. How do we more effectively move epidemiology into policy action? Annals of Epidemiology. 2012;22:413â?"416.
  4. Vargas-Bustamante A, Fang H, Garza J, Carter-Pokras O, Wallace SP, Rizzo J, Ortega A. Variations in Healthcare Access and Utilization Among Mexican Immigrants: The Role of Documentation Status. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. J Immigrant Minority Health 2012;14:146â?"155. PMCID:BPMC3256312
  5. Lie D, Carter-Pokras O, Braun B, Coleman C. What Do Health Literacy and Cultural Competence Have in Common? Calling for a Collaborative Health Professional Pedagogy. Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. 2012;17(Sup 3):13-22.
  6. Carter-Pokras O, Jaschek G, Martinez IL, Brown P, Mora S, Newton N, Luciani I. Perspectives on Latino Lay Health Promoter Programs: Maryland, 2009. American Journal of Public Health. 2011;101:2281â?"2286. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2011.300317
  7. Zambrana RE, Carter-Pokras O. Role of Acculturation Research in Advancing Science and Practice in Reducing Health Care Disparities Among Latinos. American Journal of Public Health 2010 Jan;100(1):18-23. PMCID: PMC2791264.
  8. Martinez IL, Carter-Pokras O, Brown PB. Addressing the Challenges of Latino Health Research: Community-based approaches in an emergent urban community. Journal of the National Medical Association 2009 Sep;101(9):908-14
  9. Carter-Pokras O, Zambrana RE, Yankelvich G, Estrada M, Castillo-Salgado C, Ortega AN. Health status of Mexican-origin persons: Do proxy measures of acculturation advance our understanding of health disparities? Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health.2008;10(6):475-88.
  10. Ortega A, Fang H, Perez V, Rizzo J, Carter-Pokras O, Wallace S, Gelberg L. Health Care Access, Utilization and Experiences among Undocumented Mexicans and Other Latinos. Archives of Internal Medicine 2007;167(21):2354-2360.
  11. Carter-Pokras O, Zambrana RE, Mora SE, Aaby KA. Emergency preparedness: knowledge and perceptions of Latin American immigrants. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved; 2007;18:465-481.
  12. Carter-Pokras O, O'Neill MJF, Cheanvechai V, Menis M, Fan T, Solera A. Providing linguistically appropriate services to persons with Limited English Proficiency: A Needs and Resources Investigation. The American Journal of Managed Care 2004;10(1):SP29-SP36.
  13. Flores G, Fuentes-Afflick E, Barbot O, Carter-Pokras O, et al. The health of Latino children: urgent priorities, unanswered questions, and a research agenda. Findings of the Latino Consortium of the American Academy of Pediatrics. JAMA 2002; Vol 288(1):82-90.
  14. Carter-Pokras O, Baquet C. What is a health disparity? Public Health Reports 2002;117:426-432.
  15. Zambrana RE, Carter-Pokras O. Health data issues for Hispanics: implications for public health research. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2001;12(1):20-34.