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Maia Ingram MPH

Maia  Ingram MPH

Co-Director, Arizona Prevention Research Center

Health Promotion Sciences Department

1295 N. Martin Avenue
Drachman Hall A214
PO Box: 245209
Tucson AZ 85724
(520) 626-2267


Maia Ingram MPH is Co-Director, Arizona Prevention Research Center and Program Director of Community-based Evaluation Projects. She has over 15 years experience developing and evaluating community-based prevention and research programs using the community health worker (promotora) model. Ms. Ingram has expertise in community-based participatory research to engage communities in addressing health disparities in chronic disease, obesity, asthma and partner violence. Her research uses community-based participatory research in the pursuit of policy and environmental change in partnership with Arizona-Mexico border communities. Ms. Ingram partners with Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in border communities and collaborates on patient centered behavioral health care in the primary care setting. Ms. Ingram teaches two public health graduate courses - public health advocacy and participatory action research.


M.P.H                         Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1996.

B.A.                            Theatre, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1986.

Selected Publications and Scholarly Works:

Sabo, S., Ingram, M., Wennerstrom, A. (In Press). Social justice and health in Arizona border communities: The community health worker model. In. The Colonias Reader, Eds. Donelson, A. & Esparza, A. University of Arizona Press.

Ingram, M. (2005). Caring for Border Communities. In Diabetes Handbook Eds. D. Wyrzowski and G. Gaubeca. pp 237-245. 

Torres, E & Ingram, M. (2009). Con el favor de Dios: the role of the community health worker as a natural spiritual helper. Counseling and Spirituality. 28 (1): 109-127.

Ingram, M., McClelland, D.J., Martin, J., Caballero, M.F., Mayorga, M.T., Gillespie, K. (In Press). Experiences of immigrant women who self-petition under the Violence Against Women Act. Violence Against Women.

Ingram, M., Ruiz, M., Mayorga, T., & Rosales, C. (2009). The Animadora Project: Identifying factors related to the promotion of physical activity among Mexican Americans with diabetes. American Journal of Health Promotion. 23 (6): 396-402.

Ingram, M., Sabo, S., Rothers, J., Wennerstrom, A., and de Zapien, J.G. (2008).Community Health Workers and Community Advocacy: Addressing health disparities. Journal of Community Health, 33 (6): 417-424.

Ingram, M., Torres, E., Redondo, F., Bradford, G., Wang, C., and O’Toole, M. (2007). The impact of promotras on social support and glycemic control. The Diabetes Educator: Vol 33 (Supp 6): 172S-178S.

Ingram, M., Yuan, N.P., and Koss, M.P. (2007). Male Partner Violence. In: George Fink (Editor-In-Chief) Encyclopedia of Stress, Second Edition, volume 2, pp. 645-650.

Ingram, M., Gallegos, G., Elenes, J. Diabetes is a community issue: the critical elements of a successful outreach and education model on the U.S. – Mexico border. Preventing Chronic Disease [serial online] 2005 January Available from: URL:

Cohen, S.J., Ingram, M. Border Health Strategic Initiative: overview and introduction to a community-based model for diabetes prevention and control. Preventing Chronic Disease [serial online] 2005 January Available from: URL:

Ingram, M., Staten, L., Cohen, S.J., Stewart, R., & Guernsey de Zapien, J. (2004). The use of the retrospective pretest method to measure skill acquisition among community health workers. Internet Journal of Health Education, B6: 1-15.

Koss, M., Ingram, M., & Pepper, S. (2001). Male Partner Violence: Relevance to health care providers. In: Handbook of Health Psychology. Eds. A. Baum, T. Revenson, & J. Singer. Matawah, NJ: Lawrence Erlabaum: pp 541-557.

Koss, M. & Ingram, M. (2000). Male Partner Violence. Encyclopedia of Stress Volume 2, Academic Press. 676-681,

Chong, J., Ingram, M., McClelland, D.J., Lopez, D., de Zapien, J. (1999). Smoking behavior in a smoking workplace. Journal of Substance Abuse, Vol 11 (3): 231-240.

Garcia, M., Kunz, S., Sara, F., de Zapien, J.G., Ingram, M., Lebowitz, M., McClelland, D., Elenes, J., Perez, R., Estrada, A. (1998). Patterns of Illegal Drug Use at the Arizona-Sonora Border. Journal of Border Health.

Rosenthal, L., Ingram, M., Wiggins, N., Guernsey de Zapien, J., and Meister, J. (1998). Chapter Two: Study Methodology. In: Report of the National Community Health Advisor Study: Weaving the Future. Baltimore, MD: University of Arizona Press, pp 6-14.

Koss, M., Ingram, M., & Pepper, S. (1997). Psychotherapists role in the medical response to male partner violence. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice. Vol 34 (4). Win 1997, 386-396.

Languages Spoken:

Spanish, English


Research Synopsis

Experience in developing and participating in community-academic partnerships and conducting meaningful, participatory evaluation of community-based programs addressing chronic disease, obesity, asthma, and partner violence. Research interests focus on the use of community-based participatory research in the pursuit of policy and environmental change, primarily in partnership with communities on the U.S. Mexico Border.

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