Director's Message

Welcome to the Global Center for Applied Health Research (GCAHR)! We welcome your visit and your interest in applied global health research.

Although our team has been engaged in global research for many years, GCAHR became a center in 2016 when the Arizona Board of Regents officially conferred GCAHR its research center status. GCAHR’s mission is to promote the design and evaluation of efficacious health interventions around the world in collaboration with local researchers and their community partners. The ultimate goal of the Center is to prevent the onset of disease and to support the wellbeing of children/youth and families around the world.

We are successfully advancing our mission through significant research collaborations, innovative research projects, relevant research training, and other pivotal capacity building activities across four continents. Some key ongoing projects include:

  • Two NIH funded studies in Mexico;
  • Demonstration research projects in Guatemala, Spain and Uruguay;
  • Incubator studies implemented in partnership with collaborators in Burundi, China, Kenya, South Korea, Taiwan and Tanzania;
  • Planned pilot projects with partners in Australia and South Africa.

The International Research Fellowship Program has trained pre- and post-doctoral investigators from institutions in China, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Spain, and Switzerland. Upon completion of their stay, fellows provide scientific leadership in joint research initiatives in their communities.

Our global engagement is stronger than ever despite the uncharted times and challenges we are facing worldwide related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  I would like to share with you a timely quote by William H. McRaven:

“You can't change the world alone - you will need some help - and to truly get from your starting point to your destination takes friends, colleagues, the goodwill of strangers and a strong coxswain to guide them.”

I invite you to review these activities and other initiatives more in-depth on our webpage and to share with us your ideas and feedback. With your support, we can continue this increasingly critical work worldwide. You can donate now to sponsor a new international public health scholar to learn formal research skills that will help them bring evidence-based health interventions to their communities.

Thank you for your commitment to global health and peace.

Best regards and good health,


Flavio F. Marsiglia, PhD

Regents' Professor & GCAHR Director


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