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Global Health Institute
Phone: 520-626-5983
1295 N Martin Ave.
PO Box 245163
Tucson AZ 85724
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Jill Guernsey de Zapien


AZ-Flex Program

AZ-Flex Program supports five Critical Access Hospitals and five Rural Health Clinics that operate in the Arizona (U.S.-Mexico) border counties of Cochise and Santa Cruz. These hospitals and clinics serve the communities of Nogales, Douglas, Bisbee, Palominos, Benson, Willcox, and Sunsites. AZ-Flex resources assist rural hospitals and clinics improve their operational and financial performance, improve their quality of clinical care, and strengthen their local systems of care.

Interprofessional Border Experience

A non-credit-bearing two-day summer border experience for students from all four health sciences schools in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales Sonora. The theme of the activity is Building Healthy Communities: Alternatives to Migration. Students and faculty will visit several programs on both sides of the border that provide models for remaining in home communities including sustainable development projects and micro credit programs.

Border Health Service Learning Institute - Guatemala Section

This two credit course provides the opportunity for our students to plan and implement a 10 day trip to the Mexico-Guatemala border to contrast and compare their knowledge, experience and understanding of the issues of migration, health, and economic development from the Southern border perspective. Upon return the students provide a college wide presentation as well as posters and presentations to other Health Sciences events and community events.

Border Health Service Learning Institute

Our teaching includes our Border Health Service Learning Institute which is a one graduate credit week long intensive border immersion experience which focuses on connecting the dots between migration, health and economic development. Students and faculty spend the week at the border collaborating with local community organizations to support the daily activities of public health outreach in the community. Small teams of students and faculty provide daily reflections with a culminating presentation to the community partners at the end of the week.

The Puentes Consortium

The Puentes Consortium is intended to provide a distinctive voice for the binational community of scholars who carry out multi-disciplinary research on issues of importance to the relations between Mexico and the U.S. and to the well-being of their inhabitants. Participating universities include Monterrey Tec (ITESM), the University of Monterrey (UDEM) and the University of the Americas in Puebla (UDLAP) in Mexico, and the University of Arizona and Rice University in the United States.

Oyendo Bien

This NIH research is a collaborative effort of the Speech, Hearing and Language Department at the University of Arizona , the Arizona Prevention Research Center and Mariposa Community Health Center. This 5 year research project focuses on the development of an innovative community health worker model for eliminating the health disparities of people with hearing loss in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

Arizona Prevention Research Center -- Models of Care

The Arizona Prevention Research Center, the Rand Institute and Sunset Community Health Center were awarded a grant from the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI). The research study is being conducted at Sunset Community Health Center in Yuma, Arizona. The research includes the development/documentation and evaluation of three models of care: 1) The current model for providing behavioral health services. 2) A second model of care based on a participatory process of collecting input through patient focus groups and provider interviews.
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