Arizona College of Public Health Forms International Partnership with Colegio de Sonora, Hermosillo
The Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health and El Colegio de Sonora (COLSON), Hermosillo, Mexico, have formed a collaboration to address the complex, social, educational and development issues facing the public health work forces in the border regions of Arizona and Sonora.
Funded by the Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), this collaboration is part of a U.S.-Mexico Training, Internships, Exchanges and Scholarships (TIES) partnership.
The new partnership aims to strengthen the public health infrastructure and increase the health and competitiveness of Sonora's workforce by increasing the capacity of both institutions to conduct training, research and community service. Only 13 partnerships between American and Mexican universities were funded this year; in 2003, 17 partnerships were funded.
"For more than 15 years, faculty and staff at both institutions have collaborated on bilateral, binational, and transnational research, community service and teaching," notes Jill de Zapien, associate dean for Community Programs at the Arizona College of Public Health. "This new program will strengthen this partnership and build the foundation for a collaborative master's degree in public health program at the Colegio de Sonora."
"Our collaboration with the Colegio de Sonora will create new models for international public health education and research," explains G. Marie Swanson, PhD, MPH, Dean of the Arizona College of Public Health.
"Students and faculty from both institutions will have unique educational opportunities. This will strengthen our very important ties to Mexico and our emphasis on the special public health issues at the Sonora-Arizona border."
A steering committee made up of the Dean and Rectora of each institution, as well as appropriate faculty members from both, will provide oversight and direction to the project. Doug Taren, PhD, chair of the master's in public health (MPH) program at the Arizona College of Public Health, is principal investigator on the three-year, $300,000 grant.
Activities will include:
- Graduate training provided to six Mexican nationals to obtain their MPH from the Arizona College of Public Health. In turn, they will return to COLSON to develop an MPH program there.
- Four, one-week, short-term training workshops conducted in Hermosillo, Sonora, for Mexican health professionals. Two of the workshops will focus on the basic principles of public health, one on epidemiology and the fourth on environmental and occupational health.
- Three faculty exchanges will occur each year to enrich the teaching, research and community practice skills and knowledge of faculty in both institutions.
THE MEL AND ENID ZUCKERMAN ARIZONA COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Established by the Arizona Board of Regents in January 2000, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health is the first accredited public health college in the four corner states and represents a tri-university collaboration among the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. The Arizona College of Public Health's mission is to promote the health of individuals and communities with a special emphasis on diverse populations and the Southwest. Programs concentrate on the reduction of health disparities, the development and maintenance of healthy communities, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.