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Omar Ibarra

Health Fellow

Omar Alejandro Ibarra recently graduated with his Masters of Public Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He is the son of Mexican immigrants and grandson of Braceros. His interests in public health lay in equity and social justice in US health systems and policy and the impacts these systems have on people of color, immigrants, and undocumented communities. Omar’s aim is to highlight the inequities perpetuated by the US health system as well as how to create more equitable care through policy reform at all levels of government. Omar will be joining the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) in Washington DC this fall as a Health Fellow.

As a former USofCare policy intern, Omar assisted in researching for and co-authoring a playbook of the best policies and practices addressing behavioral health among the most vulnerable populations during COVID-19 nationwide.