Univ. of Cincinnati Honors MayaTech Sr. Public Health Scientist


Univ. of Cincinnati Honors MayaTech Sr. Public Health Scientist as Outstanding Alumna

Dr. Deborah Parham Hopson Among 2022 “Superheroes” Honored with Mural


Dr. Deborah Parham Hopson

Silver Spring, MD (April 21, 2022) — Not all superheroes wear capes. Some wear stethoscopes, dress blues and summer whites. Dr. Deborah Parham Hopson, Senior Public Health Scientist with The MayaTech Corporation, is being honored by her alma mater, the University of Cincinnati, among a group of outstanding alumni

“For all they do to serve their industries, their communities and their university, they aren’t just outstanding alumni — they’re Superheroes! And this year, we honor them accordingly,” University of Cincinnati Chief Alumni Officer Jennifer L. Heisey said in a statement. The University of Cincinnati is highlighting 19 distinguished Bearcat alumni this year, celebrating their accomplishments through public art. Chroma Projects has been commissioned, designing a vibrant mural adorning the side of a building located at 1430 Vine Street in Cincinnati. The mural features alumni painted in colorful illustrations reminiscent of superheroes in comic books.

A 1977 graduate of the university’s School of Nursing, Dr. Parham Hopson began her career as a registered nurse and has an extensive background in public health. She had a brilliant career of more than 35 years in the federal government, including retiring as Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General for the U.S. Public Health Service. She also served as Associate Administrator of the HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau, where she was responsible for managing the $2.4 billion Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program which provides funds for medical treatment, care, and support services for over a half million uninsured and underinsured people living with HIV in the U.S. and its territories. She is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps, a division of the Maryland Department of Health, which deploys volunteer Maryland Responders to community public health needs.


U of C Mural

She joined MayaTech in 2018 and leads the company’s portfolio of projects on public health systems, disease prevention and treatment, workforce development, and public health policy.

"I am honored to be recognized by my alma mater for my service to the field of public health alongside a group of individuals who are doing phenomenal work in their respective industries,” said Dr. Parham Hopson, who later earned her master’s and doctorate at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Global Public Health. “There are countless superheroes in nursing and in public health who daily give of themselves to ensure their communities are healthy and safe."

The colorful artwork, which features Dr. Parham Hopson brightly smiling, debuted in early April during Alumni Week and will remain on display through March 2023. She plans to visit the mural in late April.



About MayaTech: Since 1985, The MayaTech Corporation has focused on tackling existing and emerging public health challenges through direct engagement with agencies, governments, communities, and individuals. We provide a suite of research, training, evaluation, capacity-building, and other strategic support services aimed at reaching and impacting vulnerable populations, amplifying best practices, and innovating the practice of public health. Learn more at mayatech.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.