Dr. Mona Arora is a Course Instructor and Principal Research Specialist at the College of Public Health. She obtained her Masters of Science in Public Health degree in Tropical Medicine from the Tulane University School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and has a doctorate degree in Geography from the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on building the public health system’s capacity and capability to address the health impacts of climate change with a special focus on the usability of science for decision-making and models for translating science to action. Dr. Arora has over 10 years of experience in emergency preparedness, workforce development, and community engagement. She served as the Lead Curriculum Developer and Trainer for the Mountain West Preparedness & Emergency Response Learning Center, a Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Program aimed at building community resilience for disasters. She has worked extensively with rural and tribal communities and partnered with local health departments to facilitate community resilience for public health emergencies including disease outbreaks such as Ebola and Pandemic Influenza. She also brings expertise in GIS, survey design and implementation and recently conducted a national workforce assessment on the public health system’s capacity to protect against the health consequences of climate change. Dr. Arora has served on the National Association of City and County Health Official’s (NACCHO) Workgroup on Global Climate Change since 2011. As a workgroup member, she collaborates with public health experts from across the nation to develop guidelines, inform direction, and facilitate policies aimed at addressing the health impacts of climate change Dr. Arora currently also serves as the Co-Chair of the University of Arizona Mass Clinic Planning Committee, a subset of the University Campus Incident Response Team, and facilitates the development and implementation of the University’s Mass Dispensing Plan.
- Health impacts of climate change
- Public health emergency preparedness and response
- Decisions support systems & program evaluation
- Environmental literacy & science communication