FCM MATTERS | December 2019



I wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy holiday season! 

2019 was a great year for FCM. We made significant strides in our four pillars of education, research, community engagement and patient care.

I’d like to highlight a few noteworthy accomplishments over the past year.

Thanks to a generous $450k donation from Banner Health Foundation, our Mobile Health Program launched its second mobile clinic into full service, and provided an additional 2,300 patient visits to underserved individuals This is a wonderful example of how donations from organizations and individuals help fuel our outreach programs.

FCM continues to attract the best and the brightest future family physicians to our Alvernon and South Campus residencies. For example, our chief resident Dr. Emma Goodstein received the National Community Service Recognition Award for her volunteer work with asylum seekers. This award is given to only one resident in the U.S. each year. We are so proud of Emma and all our hard-working and dedicated residents.

We welcomed nine outstanding clinical and research faculty to FCM in 2019. Together, they bring valuable expertise across various disciplines.

In the area of research, our faculty generated approximately 100 publications this year. They continue to obtain competitive grants to conduct novel studies.

Ronald Sorensen, MS, MA joined FCM in November as the new executive director of community engagement. I am thrilled Ron has joined our team and am confident he will take our department to the next level in community outreach.

In our ongoing commitment to improve patient care, I’m particularly proud of the new Targeted Investment Program (TIP) that was established this year at Banner – University Medicine Family Medicine Clinics at South Campus and Alvernon. The TIP program provides our primary care patients the opportunity to receive medical and behavioral health-care services at the same location.

What’s more, we continue to respond to the needs of our commuity through our eight outreach programs. Of note, the Sonoran UCEDD program is expanding to serve more individuals with disabilities and Camp Wellness celebrated 10 years of improving the lives of adults with mental illness and substance use disorders.

I’m both humbled and inspired by the tireless dedication of our faculty, residents, fellows and staff to improve the lives of individuals and families in our community.

Thank you for being a vital member of FCM, and for your unwavering committment to our department’s mission: to advance the health of individuals and families from all backgrounds and cultures through innovation and leadership in education, research, community engagement and exemplary primary care.

In gratitude,

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


Long-time faculty member Leslie Cohen, JD, is retiring at the end of the year. Leslie joined FCM in 2007 as director of the newly funded Sonoran UCEDD. Over the next 12 years, she led the Sonoran Center’s growth into a well-respected hub for disability-related education, research and community programs. In 2016, Leslie was appointed interim vice chair for community engagement, which is part of the department's executive leadership team.

“Leslie’s contributions to FCM have been remarkable,” said Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH, FCM chair. "I'm deeply grateful for her vision and leadership over the years. She has profoundly and positively impacted our department."

"Leslie has been an invaluable member of our executive leadership team," said Karyn Kolman, MD, vice chair for education. "Her vision for improving the department's internal and external communications through FCM Matters and the hiring of Darci Slaten as the communications director has enabled our department to showcase our community engagement, which is one of the most unique aspects of our department. Leslie's work will continue on as her position is transitioned to Ron Sorenson, our new executive director of community engagement."
Although Leslie is retiring, she will continue to serve as principal investigator on a project with the state Medicaid agency (AHCCCS) to transform service planning for its’ long-term care members, and will also work on special FCM projects.


We are pleased to welcome Beth Meyerson, MDiv, PhD, research professor, to FCM! Dr. Meyerson is also a faculty member at the Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. She has more than 20 years of public health practice and research experience. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, she served as an associate professor of health policy and management at Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. Additionally, she was president of a policy research consultancy focused on HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, and was the state AIDS/STD director for Missouri. Her research is interdisciplinary, combining policy and organizational science with behavioral and clinical outcomes research. Dr. Meyerson’s research areas are in harm reduction, HIV, STD and cervical cancer, focusing on systems and policy.


Dr. Mark Nichter Honored by FCM Faculty and Former FCM Trainees at International Anthropology Conference

Julie Armin, PhD, assistant professor, and Cheryl Ritenbaugh, PhD, MPH, professor emeritus, attended the American Anthropological Association annual meeting in Vancouver to honor the career and scholarly contributions of Regents Professor, Mark Nichter, PhD, on Nov. 22. Dr. Nichter’s primary appointment is in the UA School of Anthropology, but he has had a long and valuable relationship with FCM. Collaborations with Drs. Ritenbaugh, Muramoto and others have led to many nationally-funded projects focused on tobacco use and cessation, as well as complementary and alternative medicine use in the United States.
The international roundtable, “Engaging Humanity, Health, and Policy: Mark Nichter’s Contributions to Anthropology, celebrated Dr. Nichter’s contributions to the field of anthropology and health. Dr. Armin’s roundtable presentation reflected upon his work in clinical medical anthropology and his influence as a mentor to her and other scholars. Dr. Ritenbaugh's presentation reflected on her collaborations with Dr. Nichter in the area of complementary and alternative medicine.

Pictured above: Dr. Nichter’s colleagues and former students, all with an FCM connection. Some are current or former faculty in FCM, others are former trainees in FCM. Left to right: Lauren Carruth, PhD (American University); Jennifer Jo Thompson, PhD (University of Georgia); Cheryl Ritenbaugh, PhD (FCM professor emerita); Mark Nichter, PhD, MPH (UA School of Anthropology and FCM professor); Heide Castaneda PhD, MPH (University of South Florida); Emery Eaves PhD (Northern Arizona University); Julie Armin, PhD
Accolades to Emma Goodstein, MD, chief resident, Family Medicine Residency at South Campus. Dr. Goodstein was featured in a video recently produced by the University of Arizona Health Sciences, for receiving the national Community Service Recognition Award
Cadey (Mary) Harrel, MD, assistant professor, received a Banner Health Hero Award from Banner Health Foundation. This award recognizes Banner Health team members who were honored by their grateful patients with a charitable donation to the Banner Health Foundation. Donations support the Banner medical facility where the patient received care. Congratulations, Dr. Harrel!
Congratulations to Krista Sunderman, MD, assistant professor, who was elected as the new secretary-treasurer for Banner – UMC South 2020-21 Medical Staff Officers & Medical Executive Committee Members at Large.


GRAND ROUNDS: Understanding the Role of Assessment and Evaluation in Medical Education 

Ah Ra Cho, PhD, director of program evaluation and student assessment at COM – Tucson Office of Curricular Affairs, discussed the importance of assessment and evaluation to medical education—for medical students, residents, and fellows. She gave an overview of current trends in assessment and evaluation and showed how it's evolving to meet the needs of today’s academic medicine environment. View presentation

Dr. Julie Armin Participates in Authors Event

Julie Armin, PhD, assistant professor, participated in the School for Advanced Research/University of New Mexico Press' "Celebration of Authors," during the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) on Nov 22, in Vancouver. Dr. Armin’s co-edited book, Negotiating Structural Vulnerability in Cancer Control was featured during the celebration. 
De Anne Dwight Presents at the Arizona Nurses Association

De Anne Dwight RN, MSN, CRSS, research nurse at FCM's Camp Wellness, was invited by the College of Nursing to present at the Arizona Nurse's Association's "Tucson Chapter 2" board meeting about self-care. Her presentation, "P.R.A.C.T.I.C.A.L. Lifestyle: An Acronym for Small Changes" covered strategies for nurses to take care of themselves—in order to provide better care to patients, improve staff leadership and be present for family and friends. 
Dr. Julie Armin Presents, "Connecting Clinic and Community to Improve Cancer Care"

Julie Armin, PhD, assistant professor, gave a presentation, "Connecting Clinic and Community to Improve Cancer Care: Insights From Anthropology," as part of her candidacy for the Strategic Priorities Faculty Initiative (SPFI). Dr. Armin discussed ways to improve access to cancer care—from secondary prevention to survivorship—among historically marginalized populations of patients. She talked about two clinic and community-based cancer research projects that are informed by anthropological theory and methods, and discussed areas for future research.


ArtWorks Annual Art Show Opening Reception a Huge Success 

On Dec. 13, ArtWorks artists celebrated their new art exhibit, “Arts & Rec” at the UArizona Recreation Center Oasis Gallery. ArtWorks’ families, friends, UA students, and extended art community attended the opening reception. This is the second annual ArtWorks exhibit at the Rec Center, and represented 22 artists, including two new members who exhibited their art in public for the first time. At the reception, the artists spoke about their art-making process and shared insights about their pieces with the audience. Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH, FCM chair, also announced a newly-established endowment—the Joseph Rossi Jr. Endowment—in memory of ArtWorks’ piano man, Joseph Rossi Jr., who passed away in September at the age of 80. The endowment provides partial funds for the yearly art exhibit reception. Joe’s niece, Roberta, attended remotely from the east coast. The event enabled participants to acknowledge Joe’s generous friendship through his music, his cultural/historical interests, and celebrate his charming personality. The show continues through Jan 24, 2020. View photos

American Indian Youth Wellness Camp 2020 Fundraising is Underway

FCM's American Indian Youth Wellness Initiative is now raising funds for the 2020 Youth Wellness Camp, which helps American Indian youth across Arizona.Your support secures the future of camp, fosters American Indian health, and provides a diverse approach to making wellness fun.  The goal is to raise $5,000 to pay for field work and youth incentives. Thank you! Contribute here
FCM Admin Team Serves Lunch at Primavera Men's Shelter

On Dec. 18, the FCM admin office team made and served lunch to individuals at the Primavera Men's Shelter. The team worked together to make chicken tacos, rice, beans, chips, salsa and holiday cookies for dessert. It was a great way to give back to the community and get into the true spirit of the the holiday season. View photos
Sonoran UCEDD Participates in AUCD Conference

The Sonoran UCEDD was well-represented at the Association of University Centers (AUCD) Conference in Washington DC in November. The 2019 AUCD Conference, "Leading Change Together" was attended by an international audience of more than 1,000 professionals, people with disabilities, policy makers and trainees who engaged in networking, sharing, learning and collaborating, focused on enhancing diversity and inclusion across our communities. Sonoran UCEDD staff Wendy Parent-Johnson, PhD, Jacy Farkas, Tammie Bassford, MD, and Sonoran UCEDD trainees, Victor Paat and Zonnie Olivas, provided eight presentations and four poster sessions, highlighting their work during the three-day event.


The Daily Wildcat: 'Camp Wellness, WDP Sign New Contract with Banner Health Plan'

The Daily Wildcat published an article about the new contract Camp Wellness and Workforce Development Program (WDP) signed with Banner University Family Care/AHCCCS Complete Care, which enables both programs to reach more adults with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. 


Ed Rose, Manager of Grants and Contracts

What do you do at FCM?
I have been with FCM since 2014, and manage about 60 federal, state, county and internal UA grants, contracts, and private gifts. For FCM, this means I work with faculty and staff to prepare and implement funding plans and spending plans in accordance with sponsor guidelines, university policies and the law. I also work with PIs to prepare proposal budget documents for internal routing and approval. If our proposal is successful, I work with UAHS Contracting on negotiating the contract and with Sponsored Projects on processing the incoming awards. Once the award documents are fully executed, the PI, their staff and the FCM business office work together to monitor expenditures, account balances, sub-awards, etc.  
What is a meaningful aspect of your work?
In the FCM business office, we do what we do so the faculty and staff can do what they do. What they do is so important and admirable. We get to claim a small piece of that. If we do our job well, a person might get medical attention, therapy, or needed assistance that they wouldn’t have had. Our faculty’s research adds to the body of knowledge in so many areas. Supporting them is extremely gratifying. Usually. :-)
What got you interested in your current job/career focus?
I enlisted and served in the U.S. Army after September 11, 2001. I was never in harm’s way, but I supported those who were. The spirit of public service I experienced there was inspiring. I see that same spirit at FCM with the support staff. I love it.
What is something about you that most people don’t know or wouldn’t guess?
I originally enlisted to play the tuba in the U.S. Army Band, even though I didn’t graduate from the U.S Armed Forces School of Music. I spent four years as an information systems analyst in Washington D.C. supporting the U.S. Secret Service, President George W. Bush’s Inaugural Committee, and a number of other events in the National Capital Region, from 2002-2006.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love camping and exploring southern Arizona with my wife Katelyn and our daughter Charlie. My family is also restoring/remodeling a 1962 Airstream Land Yacht. It’s 28 feet and will someday be a cool guest house for my family and friends.


Javier Laguillo, MD, 2nd-Year Resident, South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program

Why did you choose South Campus Family Medicine Residency?: South Campus is a great program with excellent, inviting faculty and residents who I was able to work with in my 4th year of medical school. I also love the rural focus, learning environment, and culture of the program.
What do you like most about Tucson?: I love the outdoors and hiking around Tucson, southwestern culture, and all the different types of amazing food here. Having my family so close by is an added bonus.
Tell us about your family (including pets.): I moved back here with my wife Jessie and our 4-year-old hound dog mix Brin. My parents live in Vail and I have three older brothers.
Tell us some fun facts about yourself:
1: I love rock climbing, but don’t always have time for it.
2: I’ve recently started playing the ukelele.
3: Ever since a bad basketball injury, my pinky finger extends a lot further than it should.
Jennifer Veaco, MD, 2rd-Year Resident, Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program

Where are you from?: State College, PA and Gilbert, AZ
Why did you choose Alvernon Family Medicine Residency?: At this program there is an emphasis in personal wellness and preventative medicine. You are able to do so much here—learn integrative medicine, work with underserved populations, and train at an academic program. The residents and faculty are very friendly and supportive of pursuing your own interests in family medicine and beyond.
What is your favorite thing about living in Tucson?: It is very affordable to live in Tucson. My husband and I were able to buy our first home. We are excited to do home projects, have our own garden and enjoy the AZ weather.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of medicine?: I love going to the dog park with my pup, Daisy, a chihuahua-terrier mix.
What are your professional interests within medicine?: I can see myself doing a lot of different things in the future, which is why I chose family medicine.
Favorite restaurant in Tucson?: The Hungry Fox
Favorite outdoor activity in Arizona?: Swimming and enjoying the sun
Favorite Arizona getaway?: Bisbee, AZ


Julie S. Armin, PhD Francine C. Gachupin, PhD, MPH Uma S. Nair, PhD

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