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Jill Guernsey de Zapien Receives 2014 Vision Award for Excellence in Health Planning


The American Public Health Association has awarded Jill Guernsey de Zapien, associate dean for community programs at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with its 2014 Vision Award for Excellence in Health Planning. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence, creativity and innovation in health planning practice. Award recipients are those whose contributions toward health planning go beyond the expectations of routine job performance. For more than 20 years, Guernsey de Zapien has worked to advance health planning and policy development in underserved populations in the U.S.-Mexico border region. She also established the first promotora community outreach program in Arizona; promotoras are Hispanic community members who provide basic health education. And she established Health Start, a program that focuses on prenatal care for farm worker women.

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