Coordinator for Community Health Promotion
Center for Rural Health Department
Arizona Center for Rural Health
Jennifer Peters is the Program Manager for Rural Programs at the Arizona Center for Rural Health (AzCRH). She has an extensive background, and over fifteen years of experience, in the development, implementation, and management of community-based projects. In her AzCRH Program Manager role she provides technical assistance to rural communities and underserved populations on issues to assure health equity. She supports coalitions and networks in acquire and sustain the resources necessary to maximize impact, reduce health disparities, and improve rural health outcomes. Her work is aligned with the AzCRH mission to “improve the health and wellness of Arizona’s rural and vulnerable populations.”
AzCRH houses programs funded by federal (HRSA, FORHP), state, and other sources – including the Arizona’s State Office of Rural Health (AzSORH), the Arizona Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (AzSHIP), and the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health’s (MEZCOPH’s) Rural Health Professions (RHPP) Program. RHPP coordinates five unique field-based Service Learning courses for Master (MPH) and Doctoral (DrPH, PhD) students, and the interprofessional Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Scholars Program.
Peters completed a National Public Health Leadership Fellowship with the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health in 2015. She has served in leadership positions for multiple boards and committees working to improve opportunities for meaningful community engagement and social change.
Jennifer Peters’ research areas of interest are in public health infrastructure, education and training, collaborative leadership, program planning and evaluation, and mobilizing and engaging communities to examine their health and seek innovative solutions. She has experience in involving community members as participants in research projects and working with institutional review boards.