The University of Arizona


Centers at MEZCOPH

Arizona Prevention Research Center (AzPRC)

The mission of the Arizona Prevention Research Center (AzPRC) is to partner with communities to improve the health and well-being of people living in the U.S.-Mexico Border states through research, training, advocacy and policy change. (Center website)

Director: Scott Carvajal, PhD, MPH 
Deputy Director: Maia Ingram, MPH

Meetings: None

Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion (CRCPHP)

The Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion (CRCPHP) is dedicated to helping people achieve and maintain healthy lives by providing a variety of opportunities that facilitate and support growth toward health and well-being. (Center website)

Director: Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD

Meetings: Collaborator Journal Club & Grant Writing discussions are held on the following Fridays from 12-2pm at South Campus (3950 S. Country Club, Suite 330, 85714): October 12, November 14 and December 12

Center for Rural Health (CRH)

Known as the Rural Health Office until summer 2011, has been in existence for more than 23 years. Established through an Arizona legislative appropriation, the CRH has provided an extensive framework for service collaboration with underserved communities. (Center website)

Director: Dan Derksen, MD

Meetings: None

Center of Excellence in Women’s Health (WCOE)

The mission of the WCOE is to improve the health and wellness of women throughout the lifecycle, with an emphasis on Hispanic and underserved women.  The WCOE has a history of productive partnerships with local health and human services, community-based agencies, and communities throughout southern Arizona. (Center website)

Director: No current representation
Assistant Director: Velia Leybas-Nuno, PhD, MSW

Meetings: None

Environment, Exposure Science and Risk Assessment Center (ESRAC)

The mission of ESRAC is to integrate Public Health with Environmental Research. UA researchers excel at interdisciplinary collaboration across a broad range of topics related to environmental hazard identification and human health effects. The Environment, Exposure Science and Risk Assessment Center (ESRAC) at the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, integrates public health impact assessment across existing environmental research disciplines. (Center website)

Director: Kelly Reynolds, MPH, PhD                          
Co-Director: Leslie Dennis, PhD
Co-Director: Mary Kay O’Rourke, PhD

Meetings:  None

Arizona Cancer Center (AZCC)

The University of Arizona Cancer Center mission is to prevent and cure cancer.

MEZCOPH Contacts: Beth Jacobs and/or Robin Harris

Meetings: There are seminars for Cancer Prevention and Control (Wednesdays at 9:00 AM in Kiewit Auditorium), and Cancer Biology (Mondays, same time and place). Other than that there are really no formal gatherings.

Skin Cancer Institute (SCI)

The Skin Cancer Institute (SCI) is a unique partnership focused on patient care, community outreach, research, and education as strategies to prevent and cure skin cancer. The Institute’s vision is to serve as the model for community-based skin cancer research and care in the United States. (Center website)

Co-Director: Robin Harris

Meetings: None

Asthma Clinical Research Center (ACRC)

The American Lung Association has opened an Asthma Clinical Research Center (ACRC) at the University of Arizona. The ACRC is the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma treatment research, attracting some of the best asthma investigators worldwide. (Center website)

Director of Clinical and Health Outcomes Sciences: Lynn Gerald 
MEZCOPH Contacts: Lynn Gerald and/or Jamie Goodwin

Meetings:  (email) We don’t have a regular meeting where this type of connection might occur but those interested in learning more about the Center might want to attend the Pulmonary Medicine conferences (adult) or the Winter Lung Series (will start in October).  We usually advertise these seminars widely but don’t really get anyone in public health outside of the group mentioned above.