Center Reports & Newsletters


"To Your Health"
Fall 2021 Newsletter 

Welcome to the Fall Issue of To Your Health, from the Zuckerman Family Center for Prevention and Health Promotion. This newsletter will highlight our Center activities including community engagement and lifestyle intervention research.


Summer 2021

Healthy 2B Me

Healthy 2B Me Summer Camp for kids celebrated its 9th year in 2021. For the second consecutive year we adapted and implemented “Camp in a Box” during the Covid-19 pandemic. Camp boxes were delivered to 25 local families that included 114 people. We continued our partnership with two local elementary schools (Dietz K-8 in the Tucson Unified School District and Prince Elementary in the Amphitheater School District) and families in the local metro area. The original curriculum was modified to adjust to the pandemic and camp was delivered remotely to families. As in 2020, we tailored camp for a more interactive family focused experience.


While 2021 proved to be a challenging year, the Student Transformative Experiences to Progress Underrepresented Professionals (STEP-UP) Summer Research Program could not be deterred! Utilizing technology, 17 trainees completed an integrated, innovative, and multidisciplinary educational experience in cancer prevention and control. Trainees collaborated with University of Arizona (UArizona) Cancer Center researchers and UArizona faculty to build confidence and skills in cancer prevention research. Summer activities included systematic literature searches, analysis and presentation of cancer prevention findings, completing a community-based sun safety outreach project, practicing personal cancer prevention behaviors, and more.

Fall 2021

UArizona / Tufts University Partnership

Since early 2020, UA MEZCOPH’ s Childhood Obesity Initiative has been involved in a seven-city grant study with Tufts University, Boston College and the Child Obesity 180 team to tackle the childhood obesity crisis. A Tucson, AZ community collaborative working group has been formed and named the Tucson Child Health Working Group (TCHWG), this group includes twelve members from the University of Arizona, Activate Tucson Coalition, and local community partners working in childhood obesity prevention and whole child health/wellness programming and research. The Catalyzing Communities Grant Study has given funds to assist in program implementation. This stakeholder group meets bimonthly to collectively identified the larger forces at play in our community that contribute to and result from identifying underlying beliefs driving childhood obesity and poverty in the greater Tucson region. The TCHWG has actively convened virtually to collect data, research and applying group model building approaches to tackle the massive issue of childhood obesity.  The team has identified complex factors such as funding for education, corporate values, and citizen advocacy, as well as social and emotional health, as crucial factors that shape health behavior and health outcomes.

Please see our website for more information on our Center programs and internship opportunities.



  • Bea JW, de heer H, Kinslow B, Valdez L, Yazzie E, Curley P, Dalgai S, Schwartz AL. Perceptions of Cancer Causes, Prevention, and Treatment among Navajo Cancer Survivors. J Cancer Edu. 35(3): 493-500, 2020. PMID: 30756323.
  • Banack HR, Bea JW, Stokes A, Kroenke CH, Stafanick ML, Beresford SA, Bird CE, Garcia L, Wallace R, Wild RA, Caan B, Wactawski-Wende J. It's Absolutely Relative: The Effect of Age on the BMI-Mortality Relationship in Postmenopausal Women. Obesity. 28(1): 171-177, 2020. PMID: 31799808.
  • Bourassa KJ, Sbarra DA, Caspi A, Moffitt TE. Social Distancing as a Health Behavior: County-Level Movement in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic is Associated with Conventional Health Behaviors. Ann Behav Med. 58(8): 548-556, 2021. PMID: 32608474.
  • Gachupin FC, Caston E, Chavez C, Bernal J, Cager P, Harris D, John, T, Remitera J, Garcia CA, Romero VM, Gchachu KE, Gchachu CR, Garcia K, Gchachu V, Gchachu BM, Rens E, Slowtalker J, Blew R, Tracy K, Figueroa T, Thomson CA, Ranjbar N, Hingle M, O'Connor T, Roe DJ, Grant V, Swick S, Joe JR. Primary Disease Prevention for Southwest American Indian Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Camp in a Box. Front Sociol. 6: 611972, 2021. PMID: 33869562.
  • Gerald LB, Gerald JK, VanBuren JM, Lowe Ashley, Guthrie CC, Klein EJ, Morrison A, Startup E, Denninghoff K. Randomized Trial of the Feasibility of ED-initiated School-based Asthma Medication Supervision (ED-SAMS). Pilot Feasibility Stud. 7(1): 179, 2021. PMID: 34579785.
  • Gordon JS, Bell ML, Armin JS, Giacobbi PR, Nair US. A Telephone-based Guided Imagery Tobacco Cessation Intervention: Results of a Randomized Feasibility Trial. Transl Behav Med. 11(2): 516-529, 2021. PMID: 32542352.
  • Gordon JS, Sbarra D, Armin J, Pace TWW, Gniady C, Barraza Y. Use of a Guided Imagery Mobile App (See Me Serene) to Reduce COVID-19-Related stress: Pilot Feasibility Study. JMIR Form Res. 5(10): e32353, 2021. PMID: 34546941.
  • Haynes PL, Apolinar GR, Mayer C, Kobayashi U, Silva GE, Glickenstein DA, Thomson CA, Quan SF. Inconsistent Social Rhythms are Associated with Abdominal Adiposity after Involuntary Job Loss: An Observational Study. Obes Sci Pract. 7(2): 208-216, 2021. PMID: 33841890.
  • Haynes PL, Wolf RL, Howe GW, Kelly MR. Unemployed Individuals Reporting Hindrance Work Stress at Previous Job Have Increased Likelihood of Insomnia Disorder. Int J Behav Med.8(1):39-47, 2021. PMID: 32185652.
  • Hingle MD, Shanks CB, Parks C, et al. Examining Equitable Online Federal Food Assistance during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2): A Case Study in 2 Regions. Curr Dev Nutr. 4(10):nzaa154, 2020. PMID: 33073163.
  • Kelly MR, E AH, Aria F, Gulotta J, Haynes PL. Recovery Sleep versus Emotion Regulation in Predicting Fire Service Shift Workers Stress, Fatigue and Irritability. Behav Sleep Med.19(1):26-37. 2021. PMID: 33337246.
  • Knowles LM, Jovel KS, Mayer CM, Bottrill KC, Kaxzniak AW, Sbarra DA, Lawrence EE, O'Connor MF. A Controlled Trial of Two Mind-body Interventions for Grief in widows and widowers. J Consult Clin Psychol. 89(7): 640-654, 2021. PMID: 34383536.
  • Lowe AA, Gerald JK, Clemens CJ, Stern DA, Gerald LB. Managing Respiratory Emergencies at School: A County-Wide Stock Inhaler Program. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 148(2): 420-427, 2021. PMID: 33581200.
  • Lutrick K, Ellingston KD, Baccam Z, Rivers P, Beitel S, Parker J, Hollister J, Sun X, Gerald JK, et al. COVID-19 Infection, Reinfection, and Vaccine Effectiveness in a Prospective Cohort of Arizona Frontline/Essential Workers: The AZ HEROES Research Protocol. JMIR Res Protoc. 10(6):e28925, 2021. PMID: 34057904.
  • Marshal CA, Trejo MJ, Trejo JI, Armin JS, Badger TA, Weihs KL. Implementation of Un Abrazo Para La Familia TM in southern Arizona with extension to survivors and assessment of effects on distress. Fam Syst Health. 39(2): 269-281, 2021. PMID: 34410770.
  • Marrero DG, Blew RM, Palmer KNB, James K, Roe DJ, Hingle MD. Rationale and Design of a Type 2 diabetes Prevention Intervention for at-risk Mothers and Children at a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center: EPIC El Rio Families Study Protocol. BMC Public Health. 21(1):346, 2021. PMID: 33579240.
  • Morrill KE, Lopez-Pentecost M, Molina L, Pfander JL, Hingle MD, Klimentidis YC, Thomson CA, Garcia DO. Weight Loss Interventions for Hispanic Women in the United States: A Systematic Review. J Environ Public Health. 2021:8714873, 2021. PMID: 34457010.
  • Press VG, Gerald JK. High-Deductible Health Plans Make the Chronically Ill Pay More for Less. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 17(1): 30-31, 2020. PMID: 31891306.
  • Risendal BC, Hebert JR, Morrato EH, Thomson CA, Escoffery CN, Friedman D, Dwyer AJ, Overholser LS, Wheeler SB. Addressing COVID-19 Using a Public Health Approach: Perspectives from the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network. Am J Prev Med. 60(6): 877-882, 2021. PMID: 33785276.
  • Sbarra DA, Whisman MA. Divorce, Health, and Socioeconomic Status: An Agenda for Psychological Science. Curr Opin Pschol 43: 73-78, 2021. PMID: 34298203.
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  • Silva GE, Rojo-Wissar DM, Quan SF, Haynes PL. Predictive Ability of the International Classification of Sleep Disorders-3 in Identifying Risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea among Recently Unemployed Adults. Sleep Breath. 25(3):1325-1334, 2021. PMID: 33128176.
  • Silva GE, Quan SF, McMorrow T, Bautista R, Bell ML, Haynes PL. Association between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Multiple Involuntary Job Loss History among Recently Unemployed Adults. Sleep Health. 7(1):118-122. 2021. PMID: 33036951.
  • Skobic I, Apolinar GR, Quan SF, Haynes PL. Marijuana Versus Evidence-based Treatments for Sleep and Relaxation: A Cross-sectional Study of Use and Dose Modification Following Involuntary Job Loss. Sleep Health. 7(1):113-117, 2021.PMID: 32758411.
  • Smith IS, Wellecke C, Weihs KL, Bei B, Wiley JF. Piloting CanCope: An Internet-delivered Transdiagnostic Intervention to Improve Mental Health in Cancer Survivors. Psychooncology. doi: 10.1002/pon.5787, 2021. PMID: 34425036. 
  • Thomson CA, Overholser LS, Hebert JR, Risendal BC, Morrato EH, Wheeler SB. Addressing Cancer Survivorship Care Under COVID-19: Perspectives from the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network. Am J Prev Med. 60(5):732-736, 2021. PMID: 33663935.
  • Whisman MA, Salinger JM, Sbarra DA. Relationship Dissolution and Psychopathology. Curr Opin Psychol. 43:199-204, 2021. PMID: 3441683.
  • Whisman MA, Sbarra DA, Beach SRH. Intimate Relationships and Depression: Searcing for Causation in the Sea of Association. Annu Rev Clin Psychol. 17: 233-258, 2021. PMID: 33567901.


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Handouts created for the Healthy 2B Me Summer Camp, by MEZCoPH intern, Elizabeth Beattie
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