20 Days for 20 Years Celebration Calendar

We are so proud to tell the stories of our Honorees, and all we have accomplished in 20 short years! Explore the 20 Days topics below.

Photo of Drachman Hall

Day 1

Monday, October 19, 2020

Launch Day Live Event with Dean Iman Hakim

Watch our “Live Launch Event” that kicked off the “20 Days for 20 Years” celebration, featuring Dean Iman Hakim, Investigative Reporter Lupita Murillo from KVOA TV, and Radio Personality Bobby Rich from 101.7FM The Drive.


Photo of Zuckerman Family

Day 2

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Honoree – Zuckerman Family Foundation

We honor the Zuckerman Family Foundation, and especially Mel and Enid Zuckerman whose founding gift established the College and has had far-reaching impacts on health and wellness in Arizona.

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Photo of Dr. G. Marie Swanson

Day 3

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Honoree – Dr. G. Marie Swanson

We honor Professor G. Marie Swanson, founding Dean of the College and Professor Emeritus, who guided the college to accreditation and success in its early years, and led us into the location we call home in Drachman Hall as a lifelong champion of health equity.

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Photo of Dr. Richard Carmona

Day 4

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Honoree – Dr. Richard Carmona

We honor Dr. Richard Carmona, a MEZCOPH alum and an unparalleled public health leader, the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, who continues to be a champion for data-driven health policy and health equity here in Arizona and around the world.

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Photo of Dr. Carlos “Kent” Campbell

Day 5

Friday, October 23, 2020
Honoree – Dr. Carlos “Kent” Campbell

We honor Dr. Carlos “Kent” Campbell, the first leader of the College and a trailblazer in global malaria eradication who has helped millions through his malaria prevention efforts.

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Photo of Dr. Mark Smolinski

Day 6

Saturday, October 24, 2020
Honoree – Dr. Mark Smolinski

We honor Dr. Mark Smolinski, a member of the first class to graduate with an MPH from the Arizona Graduate Degree Program in Public Health in 1994, and a passionate leader who has dedicated himself to disease prevention on a global scale through his work with the Skoll Foundation and his current public health advocacy organization, Ending Pandemics.

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Photo of Neelam Sethi

Day 7

Sunday, October 25, 2020
Honoree – Neelam Sethi

We honor Neelam Sethi, a global volunteer and philanthropist, who has made such a difference through her support of programs that improve health and build arts and culture here in our own Tucson community.

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Photo of Dr. Frank Marcus

Day 8

Monday, October 26, 2020
Honoree – Dr. Frank Marcus

We honor Dr. Frank Marcus, a renowned Arizona cardiologist and professor emeritus from the University of Arizona College of Medicine who has changed hundreds of lives by funding the Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative, a set of programs delivered by the College to elementary school children in Southern Arizona to promote healthy lifestyles.

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ACH Logo

Day 9

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Honoree – Arizona Complete Health

We honor Arizona Complete Health, a valued partner and supporter of the College, an organization that delivers health insurance and programs to communities all around Arizona to provide quality public health for everyone.

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Photo of MEZCOPH First Class

Day 10

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
MEZCOPH Originals Day

We celebrate the “Original” staff and faculty that have been with the College since it was founded, who have worked to build the College and have seen the growth of our students, our faculty, our alumni and researchers, as they expand the reach of public health in Arizona.

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Photo of Rural Health truck in desert

Day 11

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Rural and Border Health Day

We celebrate our longstanding commitment to Rural and Border Health, from the Arizona Center for Rural Health to the Arizona Prevention Research Center and the programs initiated by the College to improve public health in communities along the US-Mexico border.

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Photo of students reaching towards globe

Day 12

Friday, October 30, 2020
Global Health Institute Day

We celebrate our Global Health Institute, our micro-campuses in other countries, and our efforts to expand our public health education around the world, to provide our students with experience in global health, and to bring the benefits of public health programs to nations in need.

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Photo of Phoenix Campus

Day 13

Saturday, October 31, 2020
Phoenix Campus Day

We celebrate the College’s expansion, in 2010, to the UArizona Phoenix Biomedical Campus, and the exciting programs happening there to expand our education and health promotion opportunities in the greater Phoenix region.

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Photo of community kids

Day 14

Sunday, November 1, 2020
Community Impact Day

We celebrate our Community Impact, from the Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion to the Environment, Exposure and Risk Assessment Center and the Western Region Public Health Training Center, there are so many ways that the College engages and collaborates with communities around Tucson and around Arizona to promote public health practice and programs.

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Photo of Mobile Health Unit in action

Day 15

Monday, November 2, 2020
MEZCOPH Partners Day

We celebrate our important partnerships with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Chicanos Por La Causa, and with Pima County Health Department and other county health departments in Arizona through the College’s Academic Health Department and The Collaboratory.

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Photo of Diversity campus event

Day 16

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Day

We celebrate our commitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, core values of the College, and our dedication to health equity for all communities locally, around Arizona, and across the country.

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Photo of MEZCOPH students at Scholarship luncheon

Day 17

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Students Day

We celebrate our amazing students who come to the College from local communities, from other states, and from other countries to learn about the power of public health and work to build health equity through internships and community partnerships that empower them to become the health leaders of tomorrow.

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Photo of Mel, Enid, Iman and donors at circular dinner table

Day 18

Thursday, November 5, 2020
Thanks to Our Donors Day: Scholarships, Programs, and Research

We celebrate our donors who support our exemplary scholarships program, fund many public health programs that benefit our diverse communities, and enable valuable research.

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Photo of three women alumni

Day 19

Friday, November 6, 2020
Alumni Day

We celebrate our outstanding alumni who have become leaders in public health, who push for health equity and deliver so much good to the world by helping communities far and wide lead healthier, happier lives.

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Photo of student riding bike in desert

Day 20

Saturday, November 7, 2020
Conclusion Day

We look back at all we have accomplished in our first twenty years, and we also look ahead, to our plans to build the college with more students, more degree programs, to grow our already robust research, and to expand our presence as a global leader in public health.

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