The University of Arizona

Jill Guernsey de Zapien

Associate Dean for Community Programs
Health Promotion Sciences Division
1295 N. Martin Avenue
Campus PO Box: 245163
Drachman Hall A202
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-7083


Jill Guernsey de Zapien, Associate Dean for Community Programs, has worked over 20 years on community-based public health interventions and research in the Southwest. She collaborated to establish the first lay health educator (Promotora) outreach program in Arizona. Health Start focuses on prenatal care for farm worker women. She is the co-author with Colegio de Sonora colleagues of Working Beyond Border: A Handbook for Transborder Projects in Health. Her work emphasizes a strong connection between the UA research, education and service agenda and critical needs of underserved communities.

Her research includes conducting the Primary Health Care Review and the Ambos Nogales Primary Health Care Project - collaborative initiatives with five U.S. and Mexican research institutions and the Pan American Health Organization. Other community-based studies assessed prevalence and risk factors for a variety of public health concerns. She works directly with communities in the Southwest to develop strategies for prevention and control of chronic disease.


1964, BA, Sociology and Anthropology, Antioch College


Giuliano A, Denman C, de Zapien J, Navarro JL, Ortega L, Djambazov B, Mendez Brown E, Moncada E, Hatch K, "Design and Results of the US-Mexico Border Human Papilloma Virus, Cervical Dysplasia, and Chlamydia Trachomatis Study," Pan American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp 172-181, March 2001

­Meister J, Giuliano AR, Saltzman S, Abrahamson M, Stephan J, de la Ossa E, Guerra N, Pappenfuss M, de Zapien J, "Community Health Worker at the US-Mexico Border: Effectiveness of a Cancer Prevention/Education Intervention," Women and Cancer; Vol. 1, Issue 5, pp 25-33, Winter 1999/2000

Denman C, de Zapien J, Coe K, Henze J, Giuliano A, Stephan J, Ortega L., Djambazov B, Mendez E, Moncada E, Feng J, Hatch K, "The Problem of Invasive Cervical Cancer along the US-Sonora Border: Planning and Implementation of a Bi-national Research Project," Women and Cancer. Vol. 1, Issue 5, pp 45-50.

Languages Spoken:

Spanish, English