- School of Public Health David Gallahue Champion Alumni Award (2019)
Omar Martinez is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Temple University. He completed his master's degree in public health, juris doctorate at Indiana UniversityBloomington, as well as a master's degree in biostatistics with a focus on clinical research methods at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Mr. Martinez completed an NIH T32 postdoctoral research fellowship in behavioral science research in HIV prevention at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He has research expertise in the correlates, prevalence, and prevention of substance use/disorders, mental illness, and HIV risk behaviors among underserved and vulnerable populations, including Latino men who have sex with men.
He has developed and implemented programs and interventions to address the health disparities affecting Latinos and underserved populations, including HoMBReS, a best-evidence community level intervention HIV prevention for self-identified heterosexual Latinos that is funded through the NIH.