UA Zuckerman College of Public Health Hires Two New Faculty Members

UA Zuckerman College of Public Health Hires Two New Faculty Members
The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health has appointed two new faculty members: Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS, and Renée Anthony, PhD, CIH, who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in the field of public health.

Dr. Rosales is an associate professor in the Environmental and Community Health division. She plans to develop courses that will probe public health policy issues on the U.S.-Mexico border. Prior to joining the College, she was chief of the Arizona Department of Health Services Office of Border Health, where she earned a reputation for possessing an in-depth familiarity with border health issues.

"I feel very fortunate to be invited to a college that is committed to moving toward a more 'practice-based teaching' environment, in an effort to better prepare the future public health workforce of a state, of a nation and of an international community," she said. "I am especially attracted to the strong research agenda of the college, particularly in the areas of Hispanic and Native American health, which include strong service components with special emphasis on training and community development."

Dr. Rosales has been active in numerous programs, including the Border Infectious Disease Surveillance Project; the "Healthy Gente/Healthy Border 2010 Initiative," which articulates a health-promotion and disease-prevention agenda for U.S.-Mexico border communities; and the U.S.-Mexico Border Diabetes Project. She also represented the Arizona Department of Health Services on the Health Services Committee of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission.

Dr. Rosales earned her medical degree in 1987 from the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez.

Dr. Anthony has joined the Environmental and Occupational Health concentration as an assistant professor. She will develop a new laboratory for her research and to teach occupational and environmental health classes, covering exposure assessment methodology and ventilation design and evaluation. Dr. Anthony is looking forward to collaborating with other departments on campus to incorporate health and safety into existing programs, in fields like engineering, planning and business.

"These students will someday have a job, and they should know what their rights and responsibilities are regarding their health and safety in the workplace," she said.

Her doctoral dissertation examined particulate exposure and incorporated wind tunnel exposures and modeling.

Dr. Anthony has eight years of experience working as an industrial hygienist within the pulp and paper industry, including International Paper Corp. in Atlanta and Memphis. She received her doctorate in June 2005 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"It's overwhelming when you come to a new place," said Dr. Anthony, who moved from North Carolina. "But it's also been very exciting because there's a terrific group of people here. I am looking forward to the collaborative environment within UA Zuckerman College of Public Health."

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Established by the Arizona Board of Regents in January 2000, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is the only college of public health in a 12-state mountain/pacific region. The UA Zuckerman 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.