Apara Agarwal

Mentor: Dr. Laura Guyer

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"I wanted to be a part of tangible research that addressed some of the health disparities I learned about and saw in the community. Increasing access to healthcare is one of my passions and being able to do research to further that goal was a perfect fit. I hope this project encourages others to work towards health equity for underserved populations."


Biochemistry and Statistics


Health Disparities in Society

Research Interests

  • Public Health Policy
  • Neurocognitive Function and Decline
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Academic Awards

  • UF Presidential Platinum Scholarship (2014-Present)
  • Florida Academic Scholarship (2014-Present)
  • Benacquisto Scholarship (2014-Present)
  • University Scholars Program (2017-2018)


  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Mental Health Committee


  • Equal Access Clinic
  • Alz Place

Hobbies and Interests

  • Kayaking
  • Yoga
  • Reading

Research Description

An Investigation of the Cultural, Social, and Environmental Barriers to Participation in the Living Healthy with Chronic Conditions Program in Alachua County
In the state of Florida, it’s estimated that more than 2.4 million people live with diabetes and 5.8 million people have pre-diabetes. People with diabetes have poorer physical and mental health as well as comorbidity with other health issues; they are twice as likely to have heart disease or stroke. A two-fold approach to reduce the death rate related to this chronic disease is to (1) increase screening to identify those with pre-diabetes and diabetes and (2) increase participation in and adherence to diabetes self-management education by analyzing the various barriers the senior population currently faces in attending free community education classes.