Pamela J. Turbeville graduated with distinction from the University of Arizona in 1972 as a double major in Family and Consumer Sciences and Education. Upon graduating, Ms. Turbeville pursued graduate degrees (MBA in Finance from the University of Denver, MS in Environmental Science from the University of Texas at Dallas) and executive education (Stanford Executive Program). She was selected to receive the 2000 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Alumni Achievement Award at the Homecoming event. Ms. Turbeville has strong family ties to the University of Arizona. Her father, John H. Turbeville, two aunts, and many other family members received UA degrees. In 2000, to support faculty research and teaching, Ms. Turbeville established The Pamela J. Turbeville Endowment in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. Read More
Ada Wilkinson-Lee, Ph.D., University of Arizona Department of Mexican American Studies
Title: Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Address Health Disparities in Latinx Communities
Abstract: In this session, Dr. Wilkinson-Lee will explore the benefits and strategies of using community-based participatory research approaches in order to conduct culturally responsive research within Latinx communities. Latinxs in Arizona are disproportionately affected by chronic disease and social conditions that contribute to health disparities. Dr. Wilkinson-Lee’s centered research efforts have focused on community health workers (CHWs),or promotoras,as agents of health and social change. Trusted members of the communities they serve, CHWs are frontline public health workers who understand and represent community needs within and outside traditional health systems.She will provide examples from her current research projects to illustrate how collaborating with community health workers and community action boards, guide the research agenda and provide additional assets to how data is collected, interpreted and utilized to create evidence-based prevention approaches meant to advance systemic policy changes at various institutional levels.
Danielle Hiraldo, Ph.D., Native Nations Institute University of Arizona
Title: Sovereignty in a Pandemic: Tribal Codes as Preparedness
Abstract: Indigenous Peoples globally and in the (so called) U.S. have combatted and continue to face disease, genocide, and erasure, often wielded as settler colonial policies with systemic effects that seek to eradicate Indigenous communities. Many Native nations in the U.S. have asserted their inherent sovereign authority to protect their citizens by passing tribal public health and emergency codes to support their public health infrastructures. While the current COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone, marginalized and Indigenous communities in the U.S experience disproportionate burdens of COVID-19 morbidity and mortality, and socioeconomic and environmental impacts. In this brief research report, we examine 41 publicly available tribal public health and emergency preparedness codes to gain a better understanding of the institutional public health capacity that exists during this time. Of the codes collected, only 5 mention any data sharing provisions with local, state, and federal officials while 51.2% of codes collected mention communicable diseases. The existence of these public health institutions is not directly tied to the outcomes found during the current pandemic; however, it is plausible that having such codes in place make responding to public health crises now and in the future less reactionary and more proactive in meeting community needs. These tribal institutions advance the public health outcomes that we all want to see in our communities.