Our senior scientists lead teams of
researchers and fellows in these specific health-related offices.
Health Disparities Improvement
Priscilla Sanderson, PhD, CRC
The Office of Health Disparities Improvement (HDI) conducts research and
recommends policy that addresses health disparities related to race, gender,
ethnicity, and socio-economic status.
Rural health care in Arizona, especially for Native Americans,
is a special emphasis of this office.
HDI possesses substantial experience working with Arizona’s
Native American tribes and a strong rapport with rural health care providers on
and off tribal lands.
Wellness and Healthy Communities
Doug Campos-Outcalt, MD, MPA
The Office of Wellness and Healthy Communities (WHC) conducts research and
recommends policy pertaining to the root causes of wellness and health—in
physiology, psychology, behavior, social institutions, and environmental
conditions—so that healthy communities can be simultaneously understood at
individual and systemic levels.
WHC thereby expands the traditional boundaries of public
health and prevention to encourage the initiation of new research from a wide
variety of perspectives.
Health Information and Program
Robert Trotter II, PhD, Regents' Professor
The Office of Health Information and Program Evaluation (HIPE) provides
infrastructure, consultation, and research support to both university and
externally initiated projects to evaluate health programs and data at the
local, state, regional, national, and international levels.
HIPE provides critical information to public and
private-sector decision-makers about the health status, health behaviors,
health programs, and health needs of Arizona residents.
Health and Society Studies
William Wiist, DHSc, MPH, MS
The Office of Health and Society Studies (HSS) administers the Institute’s Interdisciplinary
Graduate Certificate in Health Policy, Fall Policy Forum, and Spring Health and
HSS also fosters cross-disciplinary curriculum
development in health-related areas, and oversees service-learning programs
that accompany research projects conducted by other IHPI offices.