Samantha Sabo, DrPH, MPH

Adjunct Associate Professor, Public Health
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 
(520) 626-5204
Professional Bio: 

Dr. Sabo is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Health Promotion Sciences (HPS), at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH) and an investigator with the Arizona Prevention Research Center (AzPRC). Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Sabo served as the Program Director for Transborder Initiatives (2007-2014), where she cultivated academic and institutional partnerships to facilitate applied public health research and public health workforce development in the border region, including Mexico.

For over a decade, Dr. Sabo has examined the social and political context of chronic disease, maternal and child health and the role of grassroots advocacy among immigrant and migrating communities, including Latino im/migrants of the US-Mexico borderlands. Through community based participatory research (CBPR), the use of mixed, quantitative and qualitative methods and service-learning, she aims to build a ‘bottom up’ analysis of structural vulnerability and identify community informed approaches to advance health equity among Latino and indigenous communities of the US Southwest and beyond. Dr. Sabo currently serves as a co-investigator with the NIH/NCI funded “Networks Among Tribal Organizations for Clean Air Policies” (2012-2016) which aims to study the social networks of a broad based health coalition aimed at creating comprehensive smoke free policy on Navajo Nation. She is an investigator with CDC funded Arizona Prevention Research Center (2014-2019) studying the impact of CHWs on populations diagnosed with comorbid mental health and chronic disease, and provides technical assistant to the Arizona Department of Health Services advance the community health worker workforce in Arizona. Dr. Sabo has been recognized for her commitment to social justice, community engagement and excellence in migration research and holds state and national leadership positions regarding CHW workforce development.

As a community engaged scholar, Dr. Sabo is also highly trained in and practices service-learning, a form of community-centered experiential education that locates emerging health professionals in community generated service projects and provides structured opportunities for reflection on the broader social, economic and political contexts of health. Since 2009, she has co-developed and taught three intensive service-learning courses in rural, urban and binational health. Dr. Sabo currently teaches multicultural health beliefs (CPH 535), family and child health in urban settings (CPH 597A) and community based participatory research to reduce health disparities (CPH 609).

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Prevention and Control
Selected Publications: 

(*student co author, **community co author)

  1. Sabo S, De Zapien J, Teufel-Shone N, Rosales C, Bergsma L, Taren D. Service Learning: A Vehicle for Building Health Equity and Eliminating Health Disparities. American Journal of Public Health (in press)
  2. Sabo S, de Zapien J. Teufel-Shone N, Rosales C. Entre Fronteras (Between Borders): The Power of Service-Learning in Cultural Exchange and Social Action in the United States -Mexico Borderlands. Heritage 2014 Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development. eBook ISBN: 978-989-98013-7
  3. Sabo S, Shaw S, Ingram M, de Zapien J, Teufel Shone N, Carvajal S, Redondo F**, Garcia G**, Rosales C. Rubio-Goldsmith R. Everyday Violence, Structural Racism and Mistreatment at the US-Mexico Border. Social Science and Medicine. 109: 66-74
  4. Ingram M, Schachter K, Sabo S, Reinschmidt K, Gomez S*, De Zapien J, Carvajal S (2013) A Community Health Worker Intervention to Address the Social Determinants of Health Through Policy Change. Journal of Primary Prevention. Dec 22. [Epub ahead of print]
  5. Sabo S, Ingram M, Reinschmidt K, Schachter K, Jacobs L*, de Zapien J, Robinson L**, Carvajal S. (2013). Predictors and a Framework for Fostering Community Advocacy as a Community Health Worker (CHW) Core Function to Eliminate Health Disparities. American Journal of Public Health. 103(7): e67-73.
  6. Arranda P, Ortega I, Rosales C, de Zapien J, Sabo S, Zapien A. (2013) Migracion y atención a la salud de los Jornalero agricolas. In Alternativas en la crisis para la transformación de las políticas sociales en México, México/Hermosillo, El Colegio de Sonora, CIAD, Fundación Konrad Adenauer
  7. Carvajal S, Rosales C, Rubio-Goldsmith R, Sabo S, Ingram M, McClelland J, Redondo F, Torres E, Romero, J, O’Leary A, Sanchez Z, & de Zapien J. (2012). The Border Community & Immigration Stress Scale: A Preliminary Examination of a Community Responsive Measure in Two Southwest Samples. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (Online First)
  8. Ingram M, Reinschmidt K, Schachter K, Davidson C, Sabo S, De Zapien J, Carvajal S. (2011). Establishing a professional profile of community health workers: Results from a national study of roles, activities and training. Journal of Community Health. Journal of Community Health, 37(2): 529-537
  9. Cornejo E, Denman C, Sabo S,de Zapien J, and Rosales C. (2011) Scoping Review of Community Health Worker/Promotora-Based Chronic Disease Primary Prevention Programs on the U.S.-Mexico Border. Avance de Investigación, Colegio de Sonora: Hermosillo, MX
  10. Sabo S, Ingram M, Wennerstrom A. Social Justice and Health in Arizona Border Communities: The Community Health Worker Model. In The Colonias Reader. Angela Donelson and Adrian Esparza eds. Tucson: University of Arizona Press
  11. Ingram M, Sabo S. Rothers J, Wennerstrom A, and de Zapien J. (2008) Community Health Workers and Community Advocacy: Addressing Health Disparities. Journal of Community Health 33(6): 417-24

Academic Information

Doctorate: 
Maternal and Child Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Master's Degree: 
MPH, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Undergraduate School: 
BS, Health Sciences and Latin American Studies, California State University, Chico, CA