Enrichment Activities

The SWEHSC has set goals to nurture the emergence and development of new research themes and programs within the center.

  • The Pilot Projects Program and the enrichment program are instrumental in fulfilling these goals.
  • Other enrichment programs such as seminars, retreats, and symposiums have had a tremendous impact on the development of the SWEHSC.
  • Funds provided to the various programs have resulted in:

    • A variety of activities that have facilitated interactions and communication among SWEHSC investigators.
    • The recruitment of new investigators.


As the only NIEHS supported center located in the desert Southwest, SWEHSC strives to become a leader in environmental health issues associated with at-risk populations residing in arid environments. Our mission is to understand the mechanisms behind the modulation of human disease risk by environmental exposures unique to the Southwest. Focusing our efforts on the environment, diseases, and people common to the Southwest (Arizona has a 389-mile border with Mexico, with 25% of the land within Native American reservations, and approximately 35% of the population having Hispanic or Latino heritage) will allow broad translation to global stakeholders with similar populations and environments.



The SWEHSC Administrative Core promotes research excellence in the environmental health sciences by facilitating SWEHSC initiatives on the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) campus, statewide, nationally, and internationally.

The Administrative Core:

  • Provides the administrative framework within which the intellectual and technological expertise of its members is enhanced,
  • Provides leadership in creating an environment conducive to the development of interdisciplinary research, and
  • Assists its members in identifying translational research opportunities.