Oscar Parra holds a master's degree in administration with an emphasis on health sciences from Northern Arizona University and an undergraduate degree in sociology from Arizona State University. As administrator for the UA Center for Disparities in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, he manages complex clinical research projects with multiple components, including budgets, supervising and training staff, creating standard operating procedures and study manuals, and assisting faculty members.
Prior to his current position, he 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 questionaiires 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.
He is fluent in both Spanish and English.