The UA Zuckerman College of Public Health understands the importance of serving state, county and tribal health departments, community health centers, rural health clinics, and hospitals. These entities deliver the majority of essential public health services in the state of Arizona.
The College plays a key role in providing technical support to state and local health departments in developing expertise and public health core competencies of their workforce, including public health emergency preparedness. In addition, the College collaborates closely with community partner organizations, industries and agencies throughout Arizona to build capacity and provide technical assistance in workforce development, program development and program evaluation.
State, Border and Regional Collaborations
The UA Zuckerman College of Public Health is working in partnership with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to eradicate the dramatic health disparities in our state. The significance of these collaborative efforts has become even more important as the state faces enormous budget challenges. This is clearly demonstrated in multiple significant collaborations through the College's Arizona Prevention Research Center, the Western Region Public Health Training Center and others. The College works closely with the ADHS in the areas of chronic disease prevention and control, public health workforce development, institutional infrastructure, environmental health, social indicators, tobacco use prevention, and initiatives related to border health, Native American health, rural health, and school-based health.
The College is involved in a large number of programs along the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2014 we compiled a summary of our border collaborations, and while it is not an exhaustive list of everything we do at the border, it gives a great snapshot of our work. Click here to see our Border Collaborations report.
The Center for Rural Health at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health, formerly known as the Rural Health Office has a long-standing relationship with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) in the development, implementation, and evaluation of specific initiatives that impact public health in rural areas. Because it is designated as the Arizona Office of Rural Health, recruitment and retention of health professionals for rural communities, access to care, and building collaborative networks are important areas of collaboration for both organizations.
ASHLine - Arizona Smokers' Helpline Since 1997, ASHLine has provided free quit-tobacco coaching to all Arizonans. ASHLine works with the ADHS Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease to eliminate health disparities caused by tobacco use. In addition, ASHLine advocates for workforce development by training health professionals to screen for tobacco use among patients and provide brief tobacco dependence interventions. ASHLine is currently working with ADHS to research sustainable cessation models through community network development and health systems policy change.
The Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center is working in partnership with the state health departments in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, in addition to tribal entities in the state of Nevada and Montana to improve state, local and tribal public health preparedness through competency and capability-based training.
Institute for Mineral Resources The University of Arizona is unsurpassed in the U.S. for interdisciplinary expertise related to mineral resources. The Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources (IMR) is supporting research by more than 30 faculty and 60 students in 16 departments across 7 colleges at the UA as well as research at four other universities. The IMR has 20 industry and government partners formally supporting research and more than 90 industry and government professionals collaborating on projects. The Lowell Professional Programs in Mineral Resources have had more than 600 participants from 51 companies in 26 countries in courses and degree programs. The Mining Safety and Health Program under the IMR is an industry/academic partnership with governing board representation from 14 of the world’s largest mining operators and faculty, staff, and students from the College of Public Health, Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, College of Education, and College of Business. With active environmental, community, and occupational health research and education projects aiming to elucidate the impacts of mining the mission of the Mining Safety and Health Program directly supports the needs of mines and mining communities.