About OPA

The UAHS Office of Public Affairs (OPA) provides media and community relations support, as well as strategic and crisis communications, for the University of Arizona Health Sciences, a network of health-related organizations and activities unique in the state and region. The principal entities that comprise UAHS are the University of Arizona College of Medicine (Tucson and Phoenix campuses); the UA Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy; the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; the University of Arizona Cancer Center; Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center South. Based on the UA campus in Tucson, UAHS also maintains a growing presence on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix.

OPA personnel are actively engaged in increasing awareness of UAHS and the vital roles it plays in research, education and health care for Arizona and the nation. Staff members collaborate with local and national media to facilitate print and broadcast feature stories, provide crisis and strategic communications support, produce publications for internal and external audiences, develop video communications, further outreach activities and maintain community connections through websites and new media.

In 2010, the UAHS Office of Public Affairs joined forces with Biomedical Communications, now BioCommunications, which offers a comprehensive range of media planning, creation, production and support services to assist in the instructional, research, patient care and public service missions of the UA’s health colleges and programs.

OPA staff can be reached during business hours at 520-626-7301. Banner - University Medical Center staff serve on a 24/7 on-call rotation to respond to media inquiries outside of normal business hours. To reach the person on-call, (must dial the 520) 520-276-8160, or call the Banner - University Medical Center page operator, 520-694-6000, and ask him/her to page.


PO Box 245126
Tucson, AZ  85724-5126
Phone: (520) 626-7301
Fax: (520) 626-4884


550 East Van Buren
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2230
Phone: (602) 827-2022
Fax: (602) 827-2074