Oct. 27, 2020
Nancy Cheak-Zamora, associate professor of health sciences in the MU School of Health Professions, will become the chair of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in November. In this role, Cheak-Zamora is responsible for providing thought leadership to nearly 3,000 public health professionals. MCH is the second-largest section with APHA that has 23,870 active members.
Cheak-Zamora conducts innovative research to inform policy making, advocacy, service delivery and research for children and young adults with special health care needs and adults with chronic medical conditions. Her quantitative and qualitative research on health care transition for youth with autism spectrum disorder is the first in the field and should lead to improvements in health care delivery. She hopes to shape the national agenda in health care services for youth with special needs, health insurance, access to health care and health policy.