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Funding Priorities

Funding Priorities for Zuckerman College of Public Health

The College has five new priorities to impact the future of public health: Climate Change and Health, Indigenous Health, Global Health, Mental Health, Digital Epidemiology and Health Innovation. Your gifts help create solutions to our most critical public health challenges through research, community collaboration, and innovation!

Climate Change & Health

Climate Change is the single biggest health threat facing humanity today. Heatwaves, droughts, floods, and wildfires have already displaced millions of people and often cause widespread food insecurity. Public health programs can help build community resilience and environmental sustainability in the face of climate-driven shocks. Often these disasters cause the most harm to communities that are already vulnerable and disadvantaged. Public health offers solutions to many of these challenges, and your support will help us collaboratively build climate resilience in a warming world through education, programs, and research.

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Indigenous Health

Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. The Zuckerman College of Public Health has been working with Indigenous communities for many years, building sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations through education offerings, partnerships, and community service as we continue to grow our Indigenous faculty and program offerings.

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Global Health

The world faces unprecedented public health challenges that require global solutions, from infectious disease to environmental pollution and climate change. The college’s Global Health Institute (GHI) provides a comprehensive and integrated focal point for innovative public health education, collaborative research, and experiential learning with our many global partners. You support will help grow our programs to train globally minded and culturally competent public health professionals who will meet the interconnected health challenges of tomorrow.

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Mental Health

Mental health provides the foundation for our overall health and wellbeing. Today, our country is facing a mental health crisis, amplified by the COVID pandemic and social media, with increasing rates of loneliness, anxiety, and depression. To improve health outcomes, we must provide accessible and effective mental health programs and services. And we must continue our work to overcome the stigma of mental illness. Your support will provide funds for education, programs, and research designed to improve mental health awareness and services for all our diverse communities.

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Digital Epidemiology & Health Innovation

In our technological age, Digital Epidemiology takes advantage of digital tools like smartphones, mobile apps, and wearable devices to track, prevent, and stop the spread of disease. This approach also tracks data from outside the health system, such as social media posts and internet search queries, to provide local and timely information about disease and health dynamics in populations around the world. Often, digital epidemiology empowers communities to gather and report their own data on both infectious and chronic disease in order to improve health outcomes locally. As technology enters every aspect of our lives, digital epidemiology will increasingly provide the data and connections we need to meet public health challenges.

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Additional Giving Opportunities

The college is dedicated to helping our diverse communities achieve better health and wellness. Discover different opportunities to support the college including Scholarships and Programs, Community and Global Engagement, and Research Initiatives.

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More Information

If you would like more information about giving opportunities, please contact:

Kim Bourn

Kim Bourn
Director of Development 

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