Jill Guernsey de Zapien is the Associate Dean for Community Programs at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. With an academic professional appointment, Dean de Zapien has been involved in community based public health interventions and research in Arizona and throughout the Southwest and Mexico for more than twenty years. As co-investigator of the Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion, the Reach 2010 Project, the Binational TIES and PIMSA Projects, the Border Women’s Health Institute and the Center for Health Equality, Dean de Zapien has partnered across the university to work directly with communities in the Southwest and Northern Mexico to develop strategies for prevention interventions and the elimination of health disparities.
Dean de Zapien is particularly proud of her collaborative work with the promotora movement throughout Arizona and her long-term commitment to community based participatory research and action. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognition for her work throughout the Southwest and Mexico. In 2002 she was the first recipient of the University of Arizona’s prestigious Koffler award recognizing outstanding community outreach and service and the New Mexico Border Health Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2006 she received the Southwest Leadership Award in Women’s Health. Most recently, she is serving at Principal Investigator of the Rural Health Professions Program which has provided the framework for the development and implementation of a strong Service Learning Program for the College of Public Health which includes our Border Health Service Learning Institute. Dean de Zapien is a co-author on over 50 publications and reports.
B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology, Antioch College, 1964
Her research includes conducting the Primary Health Care Review and the Ambos Nogales Primary Health Care Project. These projects were collaborative initiatives with five U.S. and Mexican research institutions as well as the Pan American Health Organization. Other research has focused on the implementation of numerous community-based studies looking at prevalence and risk factors for a variety of public health concerns, (substance abuse, cancer, lupus, diabetes, etc.).
- Principal Investigator: Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Rural Health Professions Program, Border Health Services Learning Institute, Expanding Transborder Collaboration, Arizona Department of Health Services; Kellogg Initiative for Engaging Schools of Public Health in the Elimination of Health Disparities
- Co-Principal Investigator: Yuma Interprofessional Needs Assessment, Migrant Farmworkers PIMSA Binational Grant; Binational Needs Assessment of Response Capabilities-Focus Areas EWIDS; Training, Internships Exchanges and Scholarships, AID; Reach 2010; Transborder Observatorio
- Co-Investigator: Transborder Observatory PIMSA Binational Grant, EXPORT Center for Health Equality, Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotionn, Border Women’s Health Institute, Border Health Strategic Initiative
de Zapien has served as the facilitator for two large binational research initiatives on diabetes and cancer involving participants from academic institutions, public health and community-based organizations and private providers. As co-investigator of the Southwest Center for Community Health Promotion, the Border Health Strategic Initiative, the Reach 2010 Project, and the Center for Health Equality, de Zapien continues to work directly with communities in the Southwest to develop strategies for prevention and control of chronic disease.