Alma B Granillo
- Associate Research Social Scientist
Dr. Granillo has worked in the public health arena since 2002, serving in a variety of capacities including public health laboratorian, surveillance officer, epidemiologist, and public health preparedness curriculum developer, educator and trainer. Her expertise lies in the field of disaster preparedness and response and has managesd several federally funded grant programs ranging from improving self-escape of underground coal miners in emergency situations; building community resiliency in the aftermath of disasters; to working on enhancing risk perception of emergency medical services in response to a highly infectious disease like EBOLA.
In 2004, she completed an Emergency Infections Disease Training Fellowship sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory. Shortly thereafter she served as a border surveillance epidemiologist with the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Border Health and worked with border counties and tribes to provide hands-on technical assistance in the development and maintenance of disease surveillance systems in addition to providing technical support in tri-national public health emergency preparedness and planning activities.
From 2005-2017 she served as the Director of the Arizona Center for Public Health Preparedness and the Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers to develop and deliver core-competency based emergency preparedness education and training, translation, dissemination, and implementation of preparedness and response training to improve practice and policy and support the education needs of the U. S. public health emergency preparedness workforce.
Dr. Granillo has strong well- established relationship with public health practitioners at the federal, state, local, tribal and border level and has adapted and created culturally sensitive tailored training programs for tribal and border public health partners.
- M.S. Epidemiology
- University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
- B.S. Microbiology
- Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
- A.S. Pre-Medicine/Biology
- Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona
- Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (2010 - Ongoing)
- Arizona Center for Public Health Preparedness (2005 - 2010)
- Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Border Health (2004 - 2005)
- University Hygienic Laboratory (2002 - 2004)
- 1st Place in the Presentation Category
- El Rio Community Health Center-Wright Center, Spring 2018
Public Health Emergency PreparednessMine Health and SafetyExercise Design and ConductBehavioral Health and Lifestyle Medicine
Raise mental health awareness and reduce the stigma associated with access to and treatment of mental health illnesses among Hispanic populations; advance behavioral health interventions in the delivery of oral health services in both public and private practice; reduce healthcare provider burnout by enhancing whole health initiatives to support work and life balance; and create a coalition of a diverse set of practitioners to improve the health of communities through evidence-based behavioral health interventions using holistic strategies.
Special TopicsCHS 496 (Spring 2020)
- Granillo, A. B. (2018). Experiential Adult Learning: A Pathway to Enhancing Medical Countermeasures Capabilities. American journal of public health, 108(Suppl5), S378–S380..
- Granillo, A. B. (2018). Strategies From American Indian and Alaska Native Community Partners on Effective Emergency Response Collaboration. American journal of public health,, 108(Suppl5), S366–S368. doi:https://dx.doi.org/10.2105%2FAJPH.2018.304842
- Granillo, A. B. (2018). Using systems evaluation theory to improve points of dispensing planning, training, and evaluation.. Journal of emergency management, 16(3), 149-157. doi:https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.2018.0364
- Granillo, A. B. (2014). Lessons learned in testing the feasibility of evaluating transfer of training to an operations setting.. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Suppl 5, S30-6. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/PHH.0000000000000059
- Granillo, A. B. (2012). Developing a comprehensive, integrated and meaningful multi-year training and exercise plan. Journal of emergency Management, 10(5), 383-392. doi:https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.2012.0115
- Granillo, A. B. (2012). Emergency preparedness training of tribal community health representatives.. Journal of immigrant and minority health, 14(2), 6. doi:10.1007/s10903-011-9438-9
- Granillo, A. B. (2012). Using root cause analysis (RCA) to facilitate corrective actions, after action reports (AARs), and improvement plans. Journal of Emergency Management, 10(6), 6. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.5055/jem.2012.0121
- Granillo, A. B. (2011). U.S.-Mexico cross-border workforce training needs: survey implementation. Journal of injury & violence research,, 3(1), 11. doi:10.5249/jivr.v3i1.55
- Burgess, J. L., Granillo, A. B., Renger, R., & Wakelee, J. (2010). Utilization of the Native American Talking Circle to teach incident command system to tribal community health representatives. Journal of community health, 35(6).More infoThe public health workforce is diverse and encompasses a wide range of professions. For tribal communities, the Community Health Representative (CHR) is a public health paraprofessional whose role as a community health educator and health advocate has expanded to become an integral part of the health delivery system of most tribes. CHRs possess a unique set of skills and cultural awareness that make them an essential first responder on tribal land. As a result of their distinctive qualities they have the capability of effectively mobilizing communities during times of crisis and can have a significant impact on the communities' response to a local incident. Although public health emergency preparedness training is a priority of federal, state, local and tribal public health agencies, much of the training currently available is not tailored to meet the unique traits of CHRs. Much of the emergency preparedness training is standardized, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Training Programs, and does not take into account the inherent cultural traditions of some of the intended target audience. This paper reports on the use of the Native American Talking Circle format as a culturally appropriate method to teach the Incident Command System (ICS). The results of the evaluation suggest the talking format circle is well received and can significantly improve the understanding of ICS roles. The limitations of the assessment instrument and the cultural adaptations at producing changes in the understanding of ICS history and concepts are discussed. Possible solutions to these limitations are provided.
- Granillo, A. B. (2017, October). Usage Paradigms for Serious Games: Strategies and Lessons Learned. MSHA's Training Resources Applied to Mining Conference (TRAM). West Virginian- MSHA Training Center: MSHA.
- Granillo, A. B. (2016, October). Incident Command, Escape & Rescue: A Competency-Based Training Program in Emergency Preparedness and Response. 12th Annual Safety and Health Conference. Las Vegas, NV: MSHA.
- Granillo, A. B., & Johnson, L. (2013, March/Spring). Improving Tribal Public Health Emergency Preparedness Programs Through Strategic Planning. Public Health Preparedness Summit. Atlanta, GA: National Association for City and County Health Officials.
- Granillo, A. B. (2018, May). Patient-Centered Oral Health Care Using Motivational Interviewing. 3rd Annual El Rio - Wright Center for GME Health Research Fair. Manning House, Tucson, AZ: El Rio Community Health Center.