Highmark Health Equity and Quality Consultant Oralia G. Dominic, Ph.D., M.S., M.A., was recently recognized with several prestigious national awards for her work in the reduction of health care disparities. The awards add to the growing list of academic-, research- and community-based recognitions and honors Dr. Dominic has received and further highlight her excellence in the field.
The American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO), a national organization committed to accelerating progress toward cancer prevention and control, presented Dr. Dominic with two awards during its 39th annual conference in Birmingham, Alabama in March.
ASPO’s mission is to foster the development of investigators and professionals involved in cancer prevention and control and the exchange and translation of scientific information used to reduce the burden of cancer.
Dr. Dominic took home the ACS Calle/Rodriquez Memorial Minority Travel Award for a Top Ranked Abstract, which is presented to two top-ranking abstracts submitted by members from groups considered to be underrepresented in cancer research. Based on judgment by the organization’s senior leadership, she was also awarded the 2015 Best Scientific Poster Presentation for her colorectal cancer research.
In early July, Dr. Dominic was one of 10 women initiated into the 2015 League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Women’s Hall of Fame. LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. It works to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans.
Dr. Dominic was selected for the award by distinguishing herself with her service to the community through involvement in initiatives like Highmark’s Seven Steps to Good Health.