The Public Health Institute has named Dr. Cecilia Rosales, a ‘Public Health Change Champion’ for her work to improve the health and quality of life among border populations in both the southwestern United States and Mexico.
Dr. Rosales is assistant dean of Phoenix Programs at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. She has worked in the health arena for more than 20 years and in public health over 15 years. Dr. Rosales joined the college in 2005, after serving five years as director of the Office of Border Health for the Arizona Department of Health Services. She 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.-Mexico 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.