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D Jean McClelland MLS

D Jean  McClelland MLS

Program Director for Community Based Health Information Resources

Health Promotion Sciences Department

1295 N. Martin Avenue
Drachman Hall A202
PO Box: 245209
Tucson AZ 85724
(520) 626-8228


Jean McClelland has worked as a program evaluator and community-based collaborative researcher in Arizona's rural and border communities since 1990, providing technical assistance, resource and workforce development related to chronic illness, violence, systems change, health disparities and social justice for programs serving traditionally marginalized people, including immigrants, farmworkers and refugees. At present, Jean McClelland provides technical assistance to the North Country Health Care in Flagstaff, AZ, and the Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health clinics in Maricopa County to train community health workers (CHWs) and provide qualitative evaluation for the integration of CHWs into their hypertension and diabetes clinical care teams. She has recently headed up the qualitative evaluation efforts for the Kidenga App for community education and surveillance of mosquito-borne illnesses (including dengue, chikungunya and Zika) and a non pharmaceutical interventions and public health messaging effort addressing flu, mosquito- borne and other communicable illnesses.  She is responsible for the content management of the college's Outreach link on the website, in support of the Community Engaged Practice and Scholarshio (CEPAS) committee, and its service learning opportunities. She has led three annual interprofessional service learning experiences in Ambos Nogales, with the most recent two and current (August 4-6, 2017) bringing together students from the four AHSC colleges, and health professions students from three academic institutions in Sonora, Mexico, focusing on community engagemed approaches to health equity.  In addition, she is faculty on the Border Health Service Learning Institute, now in its 10th year, which will take place in Douglas, AZ and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico in August 11-16, 2017.  She continues to serve as co chair of the Refugee Primary Care Work Group and co chair of the Pima County Immigrant Victims of Violence Task Force.   


2003, MLS, Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona

1990, BA, Sociolinguistics and Women Studies, University of Arizona

Collaboration & Training Interests

Access to health information and health services; community-based, participatory research; vulnerable populations; social justice, advocacy and policy; occupational health and safety.

Research Synopsis

Jean McClelland has recently evaluated the Kidenga App for community education and surveillance of mosquito-borne illnesses (including dengue, chikungunya and Zika) and a non pharmaceutical interventions and public health messaging effort addressing flu, mosquito- borne and other communicable illnesses.  In addition, she has evaluated the integration of Community Health Workers into the clinical system of care in community health centers, particularly for patients with diabetes and/or hypertension.  She has been PI on community assessments and program evaluation contracts to address mobile advocacy response to victims of domestic violence, as well as access to care issues for refugees resettled to Tucson; for 15 years she provided technical assistance for coordinated community response to victims of domestic and sexual violence, working with task forces in seven southern Arizona counties focusing on capacity building for key service providers in ensuring the rights of immigrant women, funded by the US Department of Justice; coordinated the REACH 2010 evaluation of a comprehensive diabetes prevention project with Migrant Health Promotion, working towards the reduction of health disparities in the Texas Rio Grande Valley, a project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the Challenges to Farmworker Health project in Yuma, focusing on health effects of farm work in an anti-immigrant political climate and militarized border context, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); the Building Healthy Neighborhoods project with the Drachman Institute at the University of Arizona, working with Empowerment Zone neighborhoods in Tucson to address healthy lifestyles in connection to the built environment,funded by US Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Skills and Expertise

Information resources,SPSS,Database management
Survey development
Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
Community engaged research
Ethnographic/qualitative research
Human Subjects / IRB
Needs assessment
Program evaluation
Program management/coordination
Program planning
Working with vulnerable/under served populations
Binational collaboration
Coalition building
Cultural competency
Grant management.
Grant proposal development
Group facilitation
Workforce Development:
Community health worker models
Service learning
Workforce development
Multi-jurisdictional collaboration and planning
Rural health systems
Spanish (fluent)
Portuguese (fluent)
Hebrew (fluent)
Turkish (functional),
Italian (rusty)

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