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UA’s Dr. Cecilia Rosales appointed to binational health network


Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS

Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS, assistant dean of the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health — Phoenix, was appointed to the Academic Technical Council (ATC) of the Binational Border Health Network (BBHN). The network is comprised of experts from 10 border states to improve response to the challenges posed by public health conditions on the U.S.-México Border.

Funded by a $250,000, one-year grant from the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) in Mexico, it is the only funded network focused on the U.S.-México border region. The network’s frame of reference will align and follow the priorities established in the Healthy Border 2020 Initiative, to address five public health priorities of binational concern, including chronic and degenerative diseases, infectious diseases, maternal and child health, mental health and addiction, and injury prevention.

Gudelia Rangel, PhD, executive secretary for the Mexico Section of the U.S.-México Border Health Commission, said Dr. Rosales was invited to be part of the initial proposal-writing team and a member of the Academic Technical Council because of her prestigious and extensive experience in the field of border health.

“In addition, because of the academic nature of this network, we identified and invited individuals, such as Dr. Rosales, and institutions, such as the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, whose research, teaching and service mission and focus includes the border region, to be a part of this grant.”

Dr. Rosales has worked in the health arena for more than 20 years and in public health more than 15 years. She joined the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health in 2005, after serving five years as director of the Office of Border Health for the Arizona Department of Health Services. Dr. Rosales has expertise in program development and implementation, public health administration, policy and health disparities research in the Southwest.

Dr. Rosales uniquely contributes to the body of knowledge about Hispanic, border and bi-national health and conducts community-based participatory research in the Southwest. She served on the U.S.-México Border Health Commission, the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the Border Governors and the state health departments in Arizona and Sonora. She understands the context of how the public health infrastructure can be strengthened at the local, state, national and binational levels to eliminate health disparities.


UA Offers Master’s Program in Health Administration

To help meet the growing demand for health care administrators, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona in Phoenix will begin offering a new accredited Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Services Administration program in fall 2014.

“In the rapidly changing healthcare environment, administrative positions are one of the targeted areas for growth,” said Dr. Iman Hakim, dean and professor of the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health. “The passage of the Affordable Care Act and roll-out of the health insurance marketplace only magnifies the urgency to fill the pipeline with highly trained health care professionals.”

The southwest and border communities face unique issues including high rates of uninsured, unemployment, and low education attainment.

“All of these issues affect health and well-being,” said Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS, associate professor and director of the college’s Phoenix programs. “They impact our agencies and health-care systems every day. Arizona needs a well-trained workforce that understands these issues and is prepared to manage the human and fiscal resources needed to deliver effective public health services.”

The health services administration program will provide students with the knowledge of how health care services function and the business and leadership skills needed to manage them effectively in health care services organizations. The curriculum is comprised of both public health and health administration courses, with a goal to graduate highly qualified health care administrators. Courses will be offered through a hybrid of online and classroom teaching at both the Phoenix and Tucson campuses.

Rosales said the accredited program will help state and local health agencies and health-care systems by providing a workforce with skills in leadership, financial management, health informatics, marketing and human resources.

“If you go into health services administration, whether a public or private entity, you can specialize in planning, organization, policy formulation and analysis finance, economics and marketing. Expertise in dealing with these issues can be exported to other states and applied to other constituencies throughout the U.S,” said Rosales.

Rosales added, “The array of administrative requirements necessary to successfully run a complex health care organization is broad, and the significance of providing training in this complex area simply cannot be overstated. The unique combination of public health and health care administration classes in this accredited curriculum will provide students with the tools they need to understand the multifaceted administrative and business aspects of health care.”

The master’s degree in Health Services Administration is a two-year accredited program for full-time students, and offers a part-time track for students who need the flexibility. The curriculum is tailored towards working professionals in health systems, health agencies, third- party payers and health-care supply chain organizations.

Students will have the added benefit of learning from local and nationally recognized faculty members who understand Arizona’s health care issues. “Our faculty are available to meet with students in person and provide timely and meaningful mentoring,” added Rosales.

For more information about the new degree program please contact Kim Barnes at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health-Phoenix: (602) 827-2070, coph-phoenix@email.arizona.edu.