April 2021


FCM Mobile Health Program Partners with MEZCOPH to Provide COVID-19 Vaccinations to Underserved Populations

FCM's Mobile Health Program (MHP) is working in partnership with the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH) and other UArizona programs to provide COVID-19 vaccinations in rural communities and underserved populations in Southern Arizona. The MHP recently received funding from AzAHEC to support this project. The project uses an inter-professional model to provide hands-on educational experiences for students from the UArizona Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy.

The first mobile vaccination clinic took place on April 23 in Douglas, AZ. The teams started at 3:00 am and vaccinated farmworkers. The second clinic was held on April 28, at the Mexican Consulate in Nogales, where the teams vaccinated about 200 truck drivers who work on both sides of the border. More clinics are currently being planned.

Pictured here: Dr. Ana Gonzales, MHP's medical director, overseeing a COM–Tucson medical student and a MEZCOPH student, administering vaccinations at the Mexican Consulate.


MCH Faculty Complete Neonatal Resuscitation Program Certification

FCM's Maternal and Child Health (MCH) faculty completed recertification in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). NRP is a two-year certification course, and was led by Banner neonatal nurse practitioner, Laura McLean, NNP. Pictured above are Drs. Jessie Pettit, Ana Gonzales, Kyle Meehan and Karyn Kolman, in the simulation lab, reviewing initial steps of assessment and resuscitation of a newborn. 

Drs. Teshia Solomon and James Cunningham Receive 'Provost's Investment Fund' for Peer Support Specialist Training for Native Americans

Congratulations to Teshia Solomon, PhD, associate professor, and James Cunningham, PhD, associate professor, who were awarded funding by the Provost's Investment Fund (PIF) for their new program, "Peer Support Specialist Training for Native Americans: A New Approach to Expand Behavioral Health Services in Arizona's Native American Communities." More info about their project, coming soon!


Dr. Yumi Shirai, Recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Research Fund

Congratulations to ArtWorks Director, Yumi Shirai, PhD, assistant professor, who was a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Research Fund. The funded project, "Role of Technology in Creative Activities of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Access, Inclusion, Visibility, Connection, and More," is a collaboration between ArtWorks and the Creative Arts Special Interest Network at the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disability. 

"We are reaching out to creative organizations that support people with IDD, and asking about their experiences with technology use, including hi-low tech, to promote access, inclusion, visibility, and connection," said Dr. Shirai. "Especially during the time of COVID-19 crisis, we are gathering information on how they adapted or expanded these practices, what are the obstacles and surprised benefits, and how they plan to reestablish their post-pandemic practices. Our hope is that this gathered information can be broadly shared among and beyond creative organizations for providing key information to advanced creative practices for people with IDD."


Dr. Jessica Filon Awarded 2021 AAFP Foundation 'Family Medicine Leads (FML) Emerging Leader Institute' Scholarship

South Campus intern, Jessica Filon, MD, was awarded the 2021 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, attend the Emerging Leaders Institute, and the opportunity to create a leadership project.


Dr. Paul Maler Appointed Representative for Society of Hospital Medicine Executive Council

Paul Maler, MD, South Campus intern, was appointed as representative for the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). The SHM advances exceptional care for hospitalized patients and the state-of-the-art in-hospital medicine through education and research. Dr. Maler will act as the resident representative on the committee for hospital medicine education. He will serve to give feedback to the committee from a resident perspective and will work on projects in process.


Victoria Murrain, DO, associate professor, Tejal Parikh, MD, associate professor, Julie Armin, PhD, assistant professor, Colleen Cagno, MD, associate professor, along with COM faculty Drs. Janet Corral, Michelle Ortiz, and UA-COM-T medical students Naiby Rodriguez, Faith Dickerson, and Shrey Goel presented, "Creating Anti-racist MD Programs by Transforming Assessments, Faculty Development, and Scholarships," at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) GSA-OSR (Group on Student Affairs – Organization of Student Representatives) April meeting. The 2021 GSA-OSR Professional Development Conference is designed for individuals involved in student advising and career preparation, student affairs, student records, admissions, recruiting, and diversity. Pictured: Drs. Victoria Murrain, Tejal Parikh, Julie Armin, Colleen Cagno

Dr. Sommer Aldulaimi Joins American Academy of Pediatrics, 'Helping Babies Survive' Board

Sommer Aldulaimi, MD, FAAFP, associate professor, has been appointed by the Chair of the AAFP Board of Directors to represent the AAFP on the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) "Helping Babies Survive" Board. "Helping Babies Survive" (or "Helping Babies Breathe," as many people know it), is a neonatal resuscitation program specifically designed for low-resource areas (mostly globally). Dr. Aldulaimi has taught "Helping Babies Survive" in Ecuador and Tanzania. The board is currently working on updates to the curriculum.

Weston LaGrandeur Presents “Reinventing Family Medicine Residency Curriculum to Meet Community Needs and Further Residency Mission”

Weston LaGrandeur, MD, South Campus third-year resident, presented “Reinventing Family Medicine Residency Curriculum to Meet Community Needs and Further Residency Mission,” at the Beyond Flexner Alliance Conference (BFA). BFA is a national movement focused on health equity and training health professionals as agents of more equitable health care. The movement trains providers prepared to build a system that is not only better, but fairer.


Stephanie Mallahan, MPH, Wins First Place for Research Poster 

Congratulations to Stephanie Mallahan, MPH, FCM graduate research assistant, who won a $400 scholarship for receiving first place in the research category for her poster, "Dimensions of Wellness to Support Recovery of Postpartum Opioid Use Disorder" at the 2021 Public Health Poster Forum. Knowing that women with opioid use disorder (OUD) are at increased risk for relapse in the postpartum period, the objective of the study was to develop nonpharmacological interventions in addition to medication-assisted therapy (MAT). FCM co-authors were Alicia Allen, PhDJulie Armin, PhD, Allison Huff Macpherson, PhD, and Ciara Walden. Other co-authors were Yvonne Bueno, MPH (MEZCOPH) and Breanna Featherston (Clinical Translational Sciences). View poster >>


VIRTUAL EVENT: 'Arizona Palooza' | Sunday, May 23 | 4-5pm | KOLD 13

Mark your calendars for Arizona Palooza (formerly Tucson Palooza) a community-wide, family-friendly event that brings together resources from throughout Tucson and Pima County to deliver useful information about mental health in a fun, informal setting. This year's event will be televised on KOLD 13, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. FCM's Camp Wellness is on the Arizona Palooza steering committee and has been working hard to produce this year's event. Learn more about Arizona Palooza >>


Dr. George Schatz Interviewed by Natural Medicine Journal Podcast, 'An Integrative Approach to Post Acute COVID-19 Syndrome'

George Schatz, MD, clinical assistant professor, participated in a podcast conversation with Natural Medicine Journal, "An Integrative Approach to Post Acute COVID-19 Syndrome." Dr. Schatz described integrative and functional medicine approaches to treating post-COVID symptoms, and how an integrative and functional medicine treatment approach can help heal long-hauler syndrome. Listen to interview here >>

Dr. Susan Schembre Interviewed by STAT Health Tech

Susan Schembre, PhD, RD, associate professor, was interviewed by STAT Health Tech for the article, "Glucose monitors revolutionized diabetes care. Now digital health startups want to bring them to the masses." Glucose monitors are now so cheap, they’ve spawned a new crop of digital health startups selling the devices to consumers who don't have diabetes. Read article >>


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