COE Grant Funded


Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs Awarded with a $3.5 Million Center of Excellence Grant

COE Grant

The Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Campus has been competitively awarded $3.5 million with a Center of Excellence grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration. The funds provided by this five-year grant, will support the Office’s longstanding commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion in the health care workforce. The Arizona Center of Excellence will serve as an innovative resource and education center to recruit, train, and retain Arizona Center of Excellence, primarily Latino/Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native, students and faculty at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

The Principal Investigator, Ana Maria Lopez, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, Associate Dean for Outreach and Multicultural Affairs, Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program noted, "This award builds on the work of our recently funded AZ-HOPE—Arizona Health Opportunities Pathways to Excellence (HCOP, HRSA, 2011-present, Lopez-PI) which has established a multistep pipeline for underrepresented graduate students and medical students to contribute to the academic workforce and lays the foundation for the development and evaluation of models to strengthen the health care workforce to meet the growing challenges of chronic illness in the communities we serve.”

The Arizona Center of Excellence will engage academic partners from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Colleges of Pharmacy and Nursing, Arizona Area Health Education Center, Native American Research and Training Center, American Indian Studies Department and Mexican American Studies and Research Center and community partners from Arizona Inter-Tribal Council, tribal colleges, community colleges and Sunnyside Unified School District.

The Arizona Center of Excellence’s specific goals demonstrate:

1. Institutional commitment to eliminating health disparities, with a particular emphasis on the health priorities of American Indian/Alaska Native and Latino/Hispanic populations.

2. Innovative educational e-learning and virtual technologies to strengthen and expand programs that enhance the academic performance of underrepresented students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

3. Cultural competence of health profession educators, students, graduates, faculty of the University of Arizona College of Medicine and our other health profession schools.

4. Best practice models for underrepresented faculty development and retention, multicultural curricula, and faculty and student research engagement to address the health needs of underrepresented and underserved populations.

“This recognition of the University of Arizona College of Medicine as one of only 14 institutions to receive the Center of Excellence grant will enhance the College’s capacity to support our academic pipeline, the needs of our Arizona Health Sciences Center professionals and the health concerns of our communities,” stated, J. Lyle Bootman, PhD, ScD, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences.

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