APRIL 2019
Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program third-year resident and ultra-runner, Brianna Grigsby, MD, was featured in April's UltraRunning Magazine. The photo was taken while she was competing in the Black Canyon 100k race. Dr. Grigsby developed a hashtag, #runninginresidency, to describe her parallel running and residency journeys. She recently joined the Aravaipa Racing Team. This August, she will lead a group of women on 3-day run on the Wonderland Trail—a 93-mile trail in Washington that circumnavigates Mt. Rainier. Way to go, Dr. Grigsby! (Photo credit: Howie Stern Photography)


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Our department continues to grow, and I'm pleased to welcome new faculty, providers and staff, who joined FCM in April: Allison Huff MacPherson, DHEd; Roxann Lafferty, MS, PA-C; Karen Lutrick, PhD; Chizoba Ngwube, MD, and our new IT Support Analyst Senior, Veronica Cortez, who begins on April 29. Welcome!

I also want to congratulate Banner – University Medical Center Tucson for its' new nine-story tower that opened on April 22nd! The 228-bed facility is not only stunning, it's also a patient-centered hospital that is designed to truly be a healing environment for patients, families and staff. If you haven't had a chance to take a tour, I highly recommend it. View photos>> | View video>>

In gratitude,

Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine


Roxann Lafferty, MS, PA-C, physician assistant. Roxann will work in the ER Observation Unit at Banner University Medical Center South, where she will evaluate, observe and treat patients from the ER that need more time before being discharged to home or admission to the hospital. Roxann earned her Masters of Science in Physician Studies at A.T. Still University.
Prior to joining FCM, Roxann provided health care for general peripheral vascular surgery, neurosurgery and urgent care. Roxann is interested in using her experience as a physician assistant to provide care to patients and to teach other providers and staff. 
Karen Lutrick, PhD, assistant professor. Dr. Lutrick will support the research infrastructure at FCM by helping faculty develop and operationalize their research. She will also be conducting research, and her area of interest is in Latinx health disparities, adolescent bullying/discrimination, response and recovery to public health emergencies, and research training/development. Moreover, Dr. Lutrick has funding from the National Foundation of Emergency Medicine and serves as the foundation's director of programs and operations. 

Prior to joining FCM, Dr. Lutrick worked at the UA College of Medicine–Tucson (COM-Tucson) as a senior manager in research support and before that, as a program manager in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She has also helped COM–Tucson develop their research infrastructure and managed the college's interdisciplinary research initiatives, which she will continue to do. Dr. Lutrick completed her PhD degree in Health Behavior and Health Promotion from the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
Allison Huff MacPherson, DHEd, assistant professor. Dr. Huff MacPherson's research focuses on the impact of acculturation and sociocultural factors on substance use and abuse, particularly in underrepresented minorities. Within this framework, her research emphasis will be on community capacity building and developing innovative strategies for the prevention and reduction of substance use during adolescence.

Before joining FCM, Dr. Huff MacPherson worked at the UAHS Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, where she was a research scientist who investigated health disparities and community engagement in marginalized populations. Dr. Huff MacPherson started her academic career in the UA College of Optical Sciences, where she continues to serve as principal investigator and co-principal investigator on several National Science Foundation grants centered on community capacity building with Native Nations and Indigenous peoples. Dr. Huff MacPherson earned her Doctor of Health Education degree in Community Health and Wellness from A.T. Still University. 
Chizoba Ngwube, MD, faculty physician. As a hospitalist, Dr. Ngwube will work with medical students and residents taking care of hospitalized patients at Banner University Medical Center South. Before joining FCM, Dr. Ngwube worked in correctional managed care at Corizon Health (Florence, AZ) and at the University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, TX). 

Dr. Ngwube completed her medical education from the School of Medicine, Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Nigeria, and her residency in family medicine at Howard University Hospital in Washington D.C. She will be completing her MBA at the W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University this spring. Her clinical interests are in hospital medicine, managed care processes, health economics and public policies.


Jerome Koleski, MD, Assistant Professor

What do you do at the UA and FCM? I divide my time between the Global Health Program (co-director) at the College of Medicine – Tucson, FCM residency program at South Campus (rural health program director, core faculty, clinical competency committee, co-director for the Global Health Track), inpatient service and outpatient services (clinical work and precepting at the resident clinic). For Global Health, Dr. Melissa Moore and I teach first-year medical students in the Global Health Distinction Track. I teach the fourth-year medical students the Global Health Course before they do their international rotation and we help prepare residents from various specialties before they do rotations outside the U.S. It’s a lot of fun.
What is one of the most meaningful aspects of your work? I like sharing the sheer joy of being a doctor with the students and residents. We are invited into some important points in our patients’ lives, and they trust us to put their interests first. I really find satisfaction in taking care of people who are needy and often left out of care. What a privilege!
What got you interested in your subject area/current job/career focus?
I was fortunate enough to be born at a time and place where I could get a good education and thrive. Seeing that not everyone has that privilege, my faith motivated me to take my family to Ecuador and Malawi where we served as medical missionaries for 8 years. Caring for the sick and poor has been a privilege and motivation for my career.
What is something about you that most people don’t know or wouldn’t guess?
I’m learning how to salsa dance. I’m at the level where if I keep practicing hard I can go from complete spaz to moderately uncoordinated.
What do you like to do in your free time? I like to read mysteries and spy novels. I like riding my mountain bike around the west side of Tucson. I like watching Australian Rules Football—I try to figure out what in the world is happening, if there is any strategy or it’s just an excuse for big men in red shirts to beat the snot out of equally big men in white shirts.
It's a privilege to work with all my colleagues at the UA and FCM. You are great doctors, and I would trust any of you to care for me and my family. Thank you for letting me be part of a great team.


American Indian Youth Wellness Camp Fundraising Goal Met!

Congratulations to the American Indian Youth Wellness Initiative! They completed their fundraising goal for the 2019 American Indian Youth Wellness Camp/ 

"I'm so grateful to ALL the donors," said Francine Gachupin, PhD, MPH, associate professor, and director of the camp. "Without a doubt, you are making a difference for native youth. May you be blessed for all your generosity and belief in our work. We received a $50,000 donation from the Tohono O'odham Nation, so our 2019 crowdfunding campaign goal has been met! It is wonderful to have the support of Tohono O'odham Nation and to know they are invested in our native youth and the future of our respective tribal communities. This award is the largest single award made to the camp thus far. In the past, the American Indian Youth Wellness Camp has also received support through the Tohono O'odham Nation Desert Diamond Casinos. Thank you Tohono O'odham Nation!" View thank-you video>> 

Dr. Weston LaGrandeur Selected for 2019 AAFP Foundation Family Medicine Leads (FML) Emerging Leader Institute Scholarship

Congratulations to first-year resident, Weston LaGrandeur, MD, South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program. He was selected to receive a 2019 AAFP Foundation Family Medicine Leads (FML) Emerging Leader Institute Scholarship. The scholarship is given to individuals who show historical aptitude for leadership and exhibit a strong potential for future leadership. This year-long program focuses on ensuring the future family medicine specialty by increasing the number of future family medicine leaders and provides training for this important role. The scholarship comes with $1,000 to attend the national conference and attend the Emerging Leaders Institute and the opportunity to create a leadership project.
Health and Wellness Program Manager Wilton I. Hall III, Competes in Terrain Race 5k

Congratulations to Wilton I. Hall III, health and wellness program manager, who competed in the Tucson Terrain 5k Race on April 7 at Old Tucson Studios. The race is a Spartan style obstacle course, and included obstacles such as monkey bars, wall climbs, hills, mud pools, rope climbs, dragging concrete blocks, tire flips and climbing rope net walls. "As the health and wellness program manager, I feel it's especially important to set a good example for physical fitness and engagement in activities that promote wellness and self-worth," said Hall. 


FCM April Grand Rounds: Dr. Andrea Heyn

On April 11, Andrea Heyn, MD, 3rd-year resident with our Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program, gave an overview of human sex trafficking, noting that this is not just an international problem. She provided statistics for the sex trafficking problem in the U.S. and Arizona, and discussed how primary care physicians can identify victims and provide necessary resources to help them. View presentation>>
Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) Annual Winter Institute and Tribal Forum Conference 

The Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) held their 9th annual Winter Institute Conference, February 25-27, at the Hotel Tucson City Center. This year's theme was “Convergence and Divergence in Native Health Research: The Confluence of Traditional and Contemporary Medicine.” Approximately 250 participants from Arizona and around the country attended session presentations, a student poster session and workshops, such as a workshop centered around Native American traditional concepts of giving, and the “Culture is the Cure™ Cultural Competency Training.”

On opening day of the conference, Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham sent a letter stating his support that was read aloud to attendees: “This will be a great opportunity for you and your colleagues at the Native American and Research Training Center to train and educate students, faculty, and our tribal communities in health issues relevant to Arizona’s Native American population.” Attendee Eli Bierman, Navajo County Public Health Associate said, “I learned so much valuable information and I’m excited to incorporate it into my work here in Navajo County.” View photos>>


Jennifer Odoi, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Summer Research Intern

Jennifer Odoi, Tulane University sophomore, will be interning with FCM researcher Alicia Allen, PhD for 8 weeks this summer. The NIDA Summer Research Internship Program supports undergraduate students with a focus on increasing underrepresented populations in drug abuse and addiction research. Through this program, students are introduced to the field of drug abuse and addiction research by participating in research internships with NIDA funded scientists at universities across the United States.
Mark Your Calendars! Tucson Palooza, May 4

Tucson Palooza
is a free, community-wide, family-friendly event that brings together resources from across Tucson and Pima County to deliver useful information about mental health in a fun, informal setting. This year, Tucson Palooza is led by Camp Wellness, FCM's award-winning program that helps individuals with serious mental illnesses, general mental health conditions and substance use disorders. This year's event includes the inaugural “First Responder’s Lip-Off Challenge,” a live lip-sync between police, fire and EMT teams. Celebrity judges will be Larry Mac from KLPX, Damien Alameda from KOLD and a spokesperson from the Presenting Sponsor, Arizona Complete Health. Tucson Palooza FB page | View video

Date/time: Saturday, May 4; 9am - 1pm
Location: UA Mall

  • Free admission
  • 9 am: Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will kick-off the event
  • 11:15 am: First Responders Lip-Off Challenge
  • Giveaways, activities and games for all ages
  • Musical entertainment by local artists
Leadership Transition at Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC)  

We are grateful to the leaders of the Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC)Teshia Solomon, PhD, director, and Francine Gachupin, PhD, MPH, assistant director. Drs. Solomon and Gachupin are stepping down from their leadership roles at NARTC to devote their full-time efforts to a wide range of grants and contracts benefiting indigenous communities. Their research in the areas of cancer, health disparities and chronic disease in native communities and educational programming to increase native student success has wide-reaching impact. To best position NARTC for the strategic opportunities ahead, FCM Department Chair Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH, has named Jennie Joe, PhD, MPH, professor emeritus, and Karen Francis-Begay, UA assistant vice president, tribal relations, to serve as co-interim executive directors.
The Sonoran UCEDD Collaborates with Tohono O’odham’s Baboquivari High School for Transition Workshop

On April 16, the Sonoran UCEDD collaborated with Tohono O’odham’s (TO) Baboquivari High School for a transition workshop in Sells, AZ. The workshop focused on providing students with information on support services for individuals with disabilities, as they graduate from high school. Wendy Parent-Johnson, PhD, UCEDD's director, led the workshop with input from Ethan Van Aller, UCEDD intern. Presentation were given by Francine C. Gachupin, PhD, MPH, and Detroit James, both with the UCEDD-Tohono O'odham Partnership. The transition workshop was well represented with Baboquivari High School seniors, juniors, faculty and local services including the TO Vocational Rehabilitation and TO Developmental Disabilities programs. A special thank-you to FCM's Leslie J. Cohen, JD, interim vice chair for engagement, for her assistance in lining up speakers and for leading previous transition workshops, and Lupita Loftus for her assistance with meeting logistics.
"Connecting the Community" South Campus Hospital in Conjunction with Bombas Socks

With the help from many volunteers, more than 125 people with behavioral health issues were assisted at the inaugural Connecting the Community event. FCM's Bethany Bruzzi, DO, assistant professor and chief medical officer for Banner – University Medical Center South, helped organize the event. Banner – UMC South and sock manufacturer Bombas hosted the event. People were given health services, food, haircuts, foot screenings, hepatitis A vaccines and Bombas socks. FCM's Shana Semmens, MD, assistant professor, and Sommer Aldulaimi, MD, assistant professor, volunteered for the event, and provided foot exams. View more photos>>

Dr. Katie Hartl, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) Resident Representative

Katie Hartl, MD, third-year resident at the Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program, is completing her two-year term as the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) Resident Representative. She was elected by the Resident Congress in July 2017 and asked by the Board to continue for a second year term that will finish this July. She is pictured with Dr. Fred Miser, AFMRD President, 2018-19.



Ana Monroy Gonzales, MD,  2nd-year resident, South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program 

Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? I think, as many of my fellow co-residents, I wanted to be in a residency program that provided strong inpatient work and gave me the opportunity to practice full-spectrum medicine. The rural sites we rotate through give us the opportunity to really experience the full scope of our practice. 
What do you love most about Tucson? I love that it's sunny almost every day. Winters are nice, I never have to scrape snow off my windshield. There are great hiking trails all around Tucson and a lot of outdoor activities. It's also very family friendly.
Tell us about your family (including pets): I have a beautiful and energetic daughter, Isabella. My partner is a surgery resident at BUMC and I have the pleasure of living in the same town as my immediate family. We also have a four-legged member in our family, Sara.
Tell us some fun facts about yourself:
1: Spending time with family
2: Tennis, hiking, yoga
3: Baking, wine tasting...or just wine
Iman Mohamoud Ahmed, MD, 2nd-year resident, Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program 

Where are you from? Rochester, Minnesota
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine? It's a well-rounded program! The program not only provides excellent full-spectrum training but there is an emphasis on resident wellness and health. The residents and faculty are amazing and Tucson provides a very diverse patient population.
What is your favorite thing about living in Tucson? Beautiful mountains and sunshine year-round!
What are your interests or hobbies outside of medicine? I love reading, cooking/baking and traveling. I try to visit a new country every few years. Next on my list: Jamaica, Greece and Australia.
What are your professional interests within medicine? Obstetrics, underserved medicine, including refugee and immigrant health, preventative health
"Bucket list" item? Go tandem skydiving! 


Veronica Cortez begins at FCM on Monday, April 29 as our new IT Support Analyst, Senior. Veronica will be responsible for FCM's IT needs and support, including the deployment, operations and technical support of the department’s computers and network systems. Veronica has more than 20 years of experience in IT support, and worked in IT at TUSD since 1994. Prior to joining FCM, Veronica was TUSD's Lead Field Technician. Welcome, Veronica!



UA Sonoran Center Receives 5-year Grant from ADHS to Conduct Needs Assessment of Foster Youth with Disabilities

Congratulations to Jacy Farkas, MA, and the UA Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities, for receiving a 5-year, $176,000 grant from the Arizona Department of Health Services to conduct a needs assessment of foster youth with disabilities.

The needs assessment will explore the needs and availability of services, support and other assistance for these youth in their transition to adulthood across state and tribal child welfare agencies in Arizona. Read more>>

Pictured from left: Jacy Farkas, MA, principal investigator, and Melissa Kushner, MSW, senior program coordinator presenting on the statewide project at the 2019 African American Conference on Disabilities, February 2019. 


Julie Armin, PhD Francine C. Gachupin, PhD, MPH, CIP Ravi Grivois-Shah, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAFP
  • Grivois-Shah, R.  “Practical Strategies to Achieve Your Health Policy Goals.”  Fam Pract Manag. 2019 Mar-Apr;26(2):20-24.
Jessie Pettit, MB, IBCLC Mari A. Ricker, MD
Anne Ryan, JD Barry Weiss, MD

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