Graduate Academic Award
He possesses the critical thinking skills and professional competencies in research practice and advocacy that a future healthcare leader should have to tackle health disparity challenges. As a former health educator and health literacy researcher, I observed how he artfully blended Hopi knowledge with western scientific methods, translated and communicated terms, and challenged investigators to be ethical when Hopi community members were interviewed. As a researcher he has exemplified strong communication skills presenting at national and international conferences, managing diverse personalities on multicultural, multi-disciplinary teams, and utilizing problem-solving and analytical skills as a member of Dr. O’Rourke’s team. I saw a curiosity and a capacity for self-improvement I see in very goal focused first-generation students, with highly developed work ethic, initiative and resilience rooted in a life changing moment or person. In Adam’s case, it was his grandmother, who molded his character and perseverance.
Agnes Attakai, (Navajo)
MPA Director Health Disparities Outreach-Prevention Education Center for Rural Health
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
"I would like to thank my family for providing me with their love and support during my time at the University of Arizona. Thank you to all of my mentors (Dr. O'Rourke, Dr. Vicenti, Dr. Henderson, Dr. Cohen, Dr. Klimecki, Dr. Burgess, Agnes A., and many more) for helping me reach my lifelong goal of receiving acceptance to medical schools. Additionally, thank you to those who have helped fund my education: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) Program, awarded in 2020, and the Dorrance Scholarship Programs."