Health Promotion Sciences Department
Dr. Lewis is a well-experienced public health practitioner and healthcare provider. In 1984, Dr. Lewis made history as the first woman firefighter in the history of the Tucson Fire Department. Access to ALL Tucsonans by responding to 9-1-1 calls, as a firefighter/EMT/Paramedic, illuminated the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks (known as the social determinants of health). Her 20-year tenure in the fire service cultivated an indelible code for service, unabashed activism for primary prevention & harm reduction, and a passion for population health. In 2002, to address and increase access to healthcare services, Lewis co-founded the non-profit Dequenesh Community Health, a mobile health unit. In 2004, she graduated from Stanford University’s physician assistant program and has been a practicing physician assistant in Arizona for seventeen years. From 2019-2021, Dr. Lewis worked as front-line clinician, under the Department of Homeland Security/Customs Border Protection, providing humanitarian relief at the US/Mexico Border. Dr. Lewis holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Eller, and a Doctor of Public Health from the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Dr. Lewis is currently faculty at the University of Arizona, contracts with Pathways Health and Community Support to create new and innovative trainings for first responders dealing with increased stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be presenting research on compassion as an institutional value at a higher education conference in November. She’s also an avid outdoors person, soap-maker & adventurer.