The Arizona Prevention Research Center provides the coordination and leadership for a statewide effort to ensure the sustainability of community health workers within our health and health care systems. This is a critical issue for our border communities in both the United States and Mexico as the heart of so many community interventions is the work of community health workers. The Coalition is working to develop appropriate tools including a definition of community health workers, competencies for training, and a scope of practice of community health workers.
This study is focused on identifying the essential characteristics of a model of health promoters to strengthen the health of migrant agricultural workers who are migrating from Southern Mexico to Northern Mexico to work in the large fruit and vegetable farms in Sonora.
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.
The core research project focuses on the role of the community health worker, or promotora de salud, in health promotion and the control and prevention of chronic disease. In the last four years, the AzPRC has collaborated with border partners to explore the role of promotores in engaging community members to address policy and environmental change related to the social determinants of health.
The global food crisis is having an important impact on food security in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially among those living in areas of marginal agricultural production. This program focuses on Solar Market Garden (SMG), which is a multisectoral, integrated approach to achieving food security in vulnerable populations. The goal of the program is to design, implement, monitor and evaluate the adoption of a SMG program to enhance the nutritional status of infants and young children and their mothers through the use of solar powered drip irrigation (PVDI) systems.