Community Outreach

Within the University of Arizona Division of Infectious Diseases and programs and centers associated with it, we are passionate about educating and training clinical professionals and the public about the latest information about infectious diseases and prevention.

This community outreach includes development of guidelines and best practices for patient care. It is accomplished through alliances and partnerships in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), county health departments and local health-care and community organizations

Through our website, you can find links to upcoming events, educational programs and support groups, along with videos, educational content and additional information that reinforces or builds on what you can find in our education programs. Although there may be a lot of medical misinformation on the Internet, you will find accurate, helpful resources on our website.

Infection Prevention & Public Health Readiness

Infectious Diseases faculty and staff members are highly visible to the local, regional and state communities via their work in outreach and training regarding infection prevention. One such area is public health readiness, where UA Infectious Diseases faculty and the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson Infection Prevention team provide training and collaboration to the Pima County Health Department, lecture frequently to the Medical Reserve Corps of Southern Arizona and other community providers and community-based organizations, and provide media interviews to educate the public about myriad infectious diseases topics.

This team also directs and staffs Arizona’s High-Consequence Infectious Diseases Assessment Center, initially created in 2014 in response to the threat of Ebola virus disease entering Arizona. The center is recognized by both the Arizona Department of Health Services ( ADHS) as well as the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Many additional activities support the robust presence of the division in outreach to the community.

Contact: Dr. Sean Elliott, 520-626-6507 or selliott@peds.arizona.edu

UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence

The UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence was created by the Arizona Board of Regents in 1996 to address problems caused by the fungus, Coccidoides, the source for Valley fever—also known as coccidioidomycosis. Two-thirds of U.S. Valley fever infections occur in Arizona, largely in urban areas around Tucson and Phoenix—with about 150 deaths a year from the respiratory illness. The center’s mission is to mobilize resources to eradicate Valley fever through:

  • Development of public awareness and education about Valley fever
  • Promotion of high quality care for patients with Valley fever
  • Pursuit and encouragement of research into all aspects of Coccidioides and the diseases it causes.

Each year in mid-November, the center also spearheads Valley Fever Awareness Week—recognized since 2003 by proclamation of the Arizona Governor’s Office—with a statewide program of lectures, presentations and other events to inform the public and health-care professionals about this infectious disease.

The week is highlighted by the UA Department of Medicine’s Annual Farness Lecture, which honors Orin J. Farness, MD, a Tucson physician who recorded the first case of culture-confirmed coccidioidomycosis in 1938.

The center is led by founding director John N. Galgiani, MD, an infectious disease specialist who holds clinics at Banner – UMC Tucson and Phoenix. It provides online webinars and a tutorial for clinical professionals in treatment of Valley fever, a registry of pulmonary specialists in treatment of the respiratory disease, as well as brochures in both English and Spanish for public awareness campaigns.

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HIV/AIDS

UA Petersen HIV Clinics

The Petersen HIV Clinics at the University of Arizona have been providing comprehensive care rated among the best in the nation for HIV/AIDS patients in southern Arizona for over 30 years.

If you are at risk for or have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS, the Petersen HIV Clinics at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South clinical facilities can help. We provide specialty care using advanced medical technology and treatments. With support of the federal Ryan White Program through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), all eligible HIV-positive patients can receive primary care at reduced or no cost.

Clinic Offerings

Patients in the clinic receive confidential, regular care from a coordinated team of infectious disease specialists. Among services offered to the Southern Arizona community are:

  • Advocacy-related activities
  • Counseling services for patients and their loved ones
  • Early intervention including targeted, routine diagnostic testing, counseling and education for those at high risk of contracting HIV, including HIV-negative partners of HIV-infected patients
  • Education
  • Medical case management and clinical care coordination
  • Medical management of HIV/AIDS including antiretroviral therapies, ongoing primary care and infectious disease specialty care
  • Mental health
  • Resource referrals including mental health services, substance abuse services, dental and oral care, and other supportive services
  • Treatment adherence administered by a clinical pharmacist

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Team Rx – Meet Your Pharmacist

Through Petersen Clinic partners at the UA College of Pharmacy, HIV/AIDS patients, their friends and family can learn about the latest medications and drug therapies for preventing and managing medical conditions and potential side effects they may face. The events occur every other month throughout the area and are frequently held jointly with community partners such as the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.

Contact: Kirsten Ellis, PharmD, (520) 626-2882, ellis@pharmacy.arizona.edu

Arizona AIDS Education & Training Center

The Arizona AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) is administered through the UA Division of Infectious Diseases and is supported by funding from HHS/HRSA under a cooperative agreement.

Arizona AETC is a local partner of the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC), one of eight regional centers established nationally. Its mission is to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide outstanding care to people living with HIV and AIDS.

Through AETC, physicians, dentists, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and mental health workers gain access to training from peer colleagues with expertise in HIV/AIDS management and treatment. Education and training opportunities include statewide continuing education sessions, on-site clinic trainings and consultations with experts. The center also facilitates dialogue between urban and rural practitioners and collaborates with other Ryan White consortia providers.

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Other

The Infectious Diseases Grand Rounds lectures, which occur on the first Tuesday of the month, 11 a.m.-noon, UA College of Medicine - Tucson, Room 6410, are open to community health-care professionals. Check your calendar for the date, visit our Events webpage to see who's speaking and add the item to your schedule (via iCal, Outlook, Google or Yahoo). For questions, contact Myrna Seiter, (520) 626-6887 or mgseiter@deptofmed.arizona.edu