A few weeks before graduation, Jeffery Hanna received word from the 2017 Arizona Public Health Association Spring Conference that both of his poster presentations received first place honors.
The first poster was for his Internship project, "Access to Mental Health Services Amongst U.S. Military Veterans Deported to Tijuana, Mexico.” The second winning poster was for his work on the “Juntos Por la Salud” (Together For Health) Primary Prevention Mobile Unit Program, titled: “Health Awareness for Underserved Hispanic/Latino Populations Through A Mobile Health Unit in Phoenix, AZ.”
Hanna graduated in May with a master of public health (MPH) in public health practice from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health – Phoenix and the award for Outstanding Master of Public Health Student.
He hasn’t stopped moving yet. Hanna was accepted into the Clinical Translational Sciences graduate program at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix and will begin classes in the fall.
Hanna is trilingual and speaks English, Arabic and Spanish. He works as a public health educator for the “Juntos Por la Salud” Primary Prevention Mobile Unit Program, a collaboration between the UA College of Public Health and the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission. The program provides free health screening services to people in Maricopa county who are not insured or are underinsured.
As a public health educator, Hanna provides preventive health screening services for underserved and distressed Hispanic and Latino populations across the Phoenix metropolitan area. In addition, he trains students from the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, College of Nursing and College of Public Health on how to conduct proper screening assessments.
Hanna says he chose to pursue a MPH degree because he wanted to broaden his perspective on health systems and health care delivery.
“The MPH makes me a more effective patient advocate as a future physician. It arms me with the skills and knowledge to tackle the root causes of health disparities. Medicine continues to evolve along with health disparities among underserved, vulnerable, and distressed populations. My MPH will help me to address health disparities within my community through partnerships with health organization advocacy for health equity,” said Hanna.
Hanna is a Certified Pharmacy Technician. His career aspiration is to become a U.S. military physician and work with military personal deployed in combat to find solutions to cope with mental health illness at onset of condition.