Dr. Cecilia Rosales, assistant dean and professor of the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health-Phoenix, has been appointed private sector co-chair of the Health Services Committee of the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC).
[Photo: Dr. Cecilia Rosales]
The AMC is Arizona’s cross-border nonprofit organization with a focus on improving the economic prosperity and quality of life for all Arizonans through strong, public and private collaborations in advocacy, trade, networking and information.
The Health Services Committee members participate in grassroots policy development, exchange ideas and information through cross-border communication and collaboration, and contribute to the implementation and advancement of cross-border projects.
Dr. Rosales has over 25 years of experience in the areas of program development and implementation, public health administration and policy, and health disparities research related to the Southwest and border region. Her comprehensive understanding of the region has resulted in a unique contribution to the body of knowledge associated with border and binational health in general, and has strengthened community-based participatory research and collaboration in the Southwest. The U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the Border Governors and the state health departments in Arizona and Sonora have benefited from her innovative and creative strategies for strengthening the public-health infrastructure in this region.
Dr. Rosales is currently collaborating with El Colegio de Sonora and the Secretaria de Salud de Sonora on a National Institutes of Health R01 grant. The research project aims to test the effectiveness of certain tools and practices to decrease cardiovascular disease and complications from diabetes in the diabetic population of Mexico.
In addition, Dr. Rosales was awarded a grant by the Mexico Section of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission to develop and implement a primary prevention mobile unit to provide access to health services and promote healthy lifestyles to the Latino population in Maricopa County.
Dr. Rosales convened and works with a team of interprofessional students and faculty from the UA Health Sciences in Phoenix to provide outreach services to residents who lack access to health services or are underinsured. Only four other cities received similar grants (Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and New York). She is also a member of the Academic Technical Council of the Binational Border Health Network. 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.-Mexico border.
Dr. Rosales has a deep understanding of the context in which the public health infrastructure can be strengthened at the local, state, national and binational level to address the issues of health disparities in the region. This insight is combined with her years of experience, along with her commitment to the elimination of health disparities, encouraging and inspiring students to pursue health science majors and mentoring them once in their academic programs.
She has developed a strong academic and community network created through her years of research, practice and service. Dr. Rosales strives to bring together and work with a multidisciplinary and binational cadre of interested parties, including academics, nonprofit and governmental officials.