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Public Health Grad Named “2020 Woman of the Year”


Dr. Felina Cordova-Marks was named “2020 Woman of the Year” award, an honor presented at the “40 Under 40” virtual awards, sponsored by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Daily Star.

Dr. Felina Cordova-Marks

Dr. Felina Cordova-Marks

Felina Cordova-Marks, DrPH, MPH, a second-year postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, received the 2020 Woman of the Year honor presented Tuesday, December 15 at the “40 Under 40” virtual awards, sponsored by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Daily Star. She was one of 40 men and women recognized for their demonstrated leadership and community impact.

A double alumna of the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH), Cordova-Marks earned her MPH and DrPH at the College. She works with epidemiologist Robin B. Harris, PhD, MPH, professor in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department and co-director of the Skin Cancer Institute at the Arizona Cancer Center and Cynthia A. Thompson, PhD, RDN, professor and director of the Zuckerman Family Center for Prevention and Health Promotion (previously the Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion).

A member of the Hopi tribe and also of Hispanic heritage, Dr. Cordova-Marks has focused on supporting underserved populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is the Founder/lead organizer of the Southern Arizona Urban, Native and Indigenous COVID-19 Relief fundraising and outreach efforts. To date, the organization has raised more than $30,000 through direct donations and a GoFundMe account. In addition, she organized mask drives for the Hopi tribe and Gallup Indian Medical Center.

As a cancer researcher, Dr. Cordova-Marks is part of the NCI-funded training grant. The T32 Cancer Prevention and Control Health Disparities Training Program is led by co-principal investigators Dr. Robin B. Harris and Dr. Cynthia A. Thomson.Cordova-Marks has been focusing her efforts on urban American Indian caregiving. She studies people that are providing care for a family member with cancer, chronic disease, disability or the elderly in an urban setting.

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You can read an excellent story about Dr. Cordova-Marks and the “2020 Woman of the Year” award on the UArizona Cancer Center website.

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