Binational Collaboration for Healthy Communities
The Binational Collaboration for Healthy Communities in the Arizona-Sonora Border met in November 2017 to provide a venue for students and researchers working to address health issues in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region to share their research and internship projects, and support for future research ideas and collaborative projects. The Collaboration consists of academic institutions from Arizona and Sonora, including University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in the Colleges of Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing, ASU, la Universidad del Valle de Mexico (UVM), la Universidad Kino (UniKino), el Colegio de Sonora (COLSON) and el Centro de Investigacion en Alimento y Desarrollo (CIAD), among others. The group addresses issues such as Energy Poverty, teen pregnancy, environmental quality, pesticide exposure and safety, interprofessional learning opportunities, and many more. Jill Guernsey de Zapien, of the College of Public Health, is the lead for the Collaboration. Pictured here, James Romine shares the Kidenga App project with the group. Kidenga is a free smartphone app for Android and iOS that allows users to report mosquito activity and symptoms of illness and helps to detect outbreaks. Click here to learn more about Kidenga.
TB, Diabetes and Access to Care at the Border
In September 2016, Eyal Oren and Erika Barrett took a group of volunteers to Winchester Heights in Cochise County, Arizona to conduct latent tuberculosis and diabetes screening. The pop-up clinic was made possible by collaborations with the Cochise County Health Department, Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN), Arizona Community Health Outreach Workers’ Network, students from the University of Arizona College of Public Health, and students from the DO program at Midwestern University. Volunteers helped screen 26 farmworkers for latent tuberculosis infection, and provided linkage to continuing care through MCN for 25 participants. This screening is part of a larger project in conjunction with the Universidad de Monterrey working to screen local farmworkers and connect individuals to care. Click here to learn more about the project.
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Family Fitness
The Fifth Annual Tucson Marathon Family Fitness Festival was held Saturday, December 3 on the University of Arizona Mall, with 364 participants! This event is a collaboration of the Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion (CRCPHP), the Tucson Marathon, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. More than 80 volunteers also came to help out. Amphitheater Middle School won the Hoodoo Cup Challenge, for the third year in a row. To participate in the Hoodoo Cup Challenge, area schools must have at least ten runners signed up. The ten fastest times determine the winner. The winning school earns the perpetual (traveling) Hoodoo Cup, which stays with the school til the next year, when the school returns to defend its title! Click here for the CRCPHP Winter 2016 Newsletter.
Health-Based Partnerships and Sustainable Cycling in Ajo, AZ
Martha Moore-Monroy, of the Department of Health Promotion Sciences, collaborated with The Nutri-Bike-Ajo Coalition on a grant from Plan4Health. Plan4Health funds coalitions "striving to increase access to health and nutrition." The Nutri-Bike-Ajo Coalition’s goal is to create a sustainable cycling hub that educates, trains, provides resources, and builds health-based partnerships with the Ajo community. The asset-based coalition includes community residents, Desert Senita Community Health Center, International Sonoran Desert Institute, Ajo Chamber of Commerce, Pima County Parks & Recreation and Pima County Department of Transportation. The Nutri-Bike-Ajo Coalition is working to establish and connect partnerships to promote biking and increase opportunities for physical activity. The coalition will work to establish a community cycling center. Barriers to biking, such as economic and safety concerns, are the first phase of the project to be addressed. With more than 130 small towns in Arizona with populations between 1,000 and 6,000 residents, the coalition will create a replicable model for similar communities interested in embracing cycling for transportation, recreation, and as an economic driver. “I am very hopeful that we can find a positive and sustainable solution to biking in our community, especially in terms of bike repairs and providing health and safe riding education for all ages,” says Lily Williams, Desert Senita Community Health Center. See some of the stories at the following two links in vimeo: click here for "Bobby's Story"; click here for "Lily's Story". And check out the highlighted project on the Plan4Health blog post.