The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is committed to partnering with local health departments to establish and formalize Academic Health Departments. Academic Health Departments are mutually beneficial partnership designed to enhance public health instruction, practice, research, and workforce development to improve health in counties throughout Arizona.
Academic Health Departments are structured differently in each county or tribal reservation and are designed to benefit the health needs of each community.
More information on Academic Health Department core concepts may be downloaded as a PDF from the Public Health Foundation website.
NACCHO Annual 2020 Virtual Conference
On Wednesday July 8th, Emily Waldron, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Julia Flannery, Pima County Health Department, Eileen Eisen-Cohen, Maricopa County Health Department, and Kathleen Amos, Public Health Foundation presented at the live session “Partners for Public Health: Models of Academic Public Health Departments” at the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) virtual conference “Raising the Reach of Public Health.” The 90-minute session explored innovative partnerships between local public health departments and colleges of public health that maximize resources, supports workforce recruitment and retention, and enhances the service delivery to the communities.
Over 70 attendees, affiliated with universities, local health departments, between academic institution and national public health originations participated in the session.
The session can be viewed on the zoom website.
2021 Academic Health Department Summit
The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will has postponed the Fall 2020 Academic Health Department Summit due to COVID-19. Rescheduling details will be coming soon,
2019 Western Regional Academic Health Department Inaugural Summit
The inaugural Academic Health Department Summit was located in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Southern Nevada Health District on December 1st -2nd, 2019. The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator, Emily Waldron, and Pima County Health Department’s Organizational Developmental Program Manager, Julia Flannery, served on the planning committee for the summit.
Fifty-four participants attended the Fall 2019 Summit, representing ten universities, five states, one Canadian province, Washington D.C., seven local health departments, one state health department, National Network of Libraries of Medicine-Pacific Southwest Region, the Public Health Foundation, and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development. The purpose of this summit was to elevate the discussion of Academic Health Department best practices towards codifying the essentials of a successful Academic Health Department. The conference examined model AHD practices, barriers and challenges, and navigating processes.
The Western Regional Public Health Training Center committed to a gold level sponsorship. Speakers from Arizona included:
- Dr. Eileen Eisen-Cohen - Maricopa County Health Department and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
- Dr. James Cunningham- Western Region Public Health Training Center and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
- Julia Flannery- Pima County Health Department
- Mac McCullough – Maricopa County Health Department and College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University
- Emily Waldron- Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Mini-Public Health School Schedule
The Academic Health Department’s Mini-Public Health School series provides an opportunity for Pima County Health Department and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health employees to present on a topic relevant to the public health needs in Pima County. The purposes of the Mini-Public Health Schools are to 1) educate public health professionals on current public health research and projects in Pima County 2) provide opportunities to foster new public health collaborations between public health academics and practitioners.
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) continuing education contact hours are available through the mini-public health school through the Western Regional Public Health Training Center.
Pima County Health Department
Abrams Public Health Center Suite 100
3950 S. Country Club Rd. 85714
11:30 AM- 12:30 PM*
- Fall 2019
- Spring 2020
Rescheduled TBD: Dr. Mona Arora and Spencer Graves
Title: Climate Change and Public Health