Community Programs

In partnership with community organizations, CRCPHP hosts a variety of health promotion programs and interventions for young people and their families. From sexual health to obesity prevention, center staff and student interns/volunteers provide informative and comprehensive education, develop tools and resources, and collaborate with the community to prioritize health equity. Programs are offered throughout the year at multiple Tucson and South Tucson locations. If you are interested in bringing a program to your organization, contact our coordinators below:

All Year:

Mujeres y Niñas (Mamas e Hijas)

Location: YWCA Southern Arizona

Program Coordinators: Lindsay Bingham, MPH ( & Imelda Esquer (YWCA Southern Arizona)

Description: Established in 2016 in partnership with the YWCA Southern Arizona, “Mujeres y Niñas” (Mamas e Hijas) is a 12-week holistic, comprehensive, and culturally sensitive sexuality education intervention for Latina mothers/caregivers and their 9-12 year old daughters. For the first 7 weeks, mothers and daughters learn separately, receiving age-appropriate education regarding lifespan sexuality, sensuality, intimacy (emotions & hormones), sexual identity, growth & development, disease and violence prevention, and relationships. Mothers and daughters join together to learn about assertive communication, conflict resolution, consent & boundaries, body image & self-esteem, and sexuality in the media. Since 2017, over 50 mother-daughter dyads have completed Mamas e Hijas, with notable outcomes including increased utilization of preventative services, increased frequency of sex-related conversations, improved relationship quality, and improved communication skills.

Fall & Spring:

Project Healthy Schools

Location: Saints Peter and Paul School (SPPS)

Program Coordinator: Sabrina Plattner, M.Ed. (

Description: Created by the University of Michigan, Project Healthy Schools (PHS) is an interactive, evidence-based nutrition and physical activity curriculum that has been implemented in schools throughout Michigan since 2004. Concerned about the health of today's youth, Dr. Frank Marcus, Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Arizona and an internationally recognized leader in cardiovascular research, has guided our efforts to bring PHS to Tucson. The Project Healthy Schools program has five main goals, including for participants to 1) eat more fruits and vegetables, 2) choose less sugary food and beverages, 3) eat less fast and fatty food, 4) be active every day, and 5) spend less time in front of a screen. Since Fall 2018, the PHS program has been housed at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Tucson, AZ. 

Growing Girls

Location: Estes Elementary School (Marana, AZ)

Program Coordinators: Lindsay Bingham, MPH ( & Velia Leybas Nuño, PhD, MSW

Description: In its 8th year at Estes Elementary School, Growing Girls is a year-long (22 sessions) after-school psychosocial intervention for 5th and 6th grade girls. With the ultimate goal of reducing relational aggression, Growing Girls teaches girls how to ask for help, conflict-resolution, assertive communication, and positive thinking skills. Undergraduate/graduate student Group Leaders guide girls through growing up, discussing topics such as bullying, self-care, adolescent development & puberty, gender roles, media messages, and healthy friendships. In addition to weekly sessions, Growing Girls participants take an annual field trip to the University of Arizona where girls begin setting academic goals and planning for the future. Growing Girls is held on Mondays from 2-4 PM.

GAME! (Guys After-School Mentorship & Education)

Location: Estes Elementary School (Marana, AZ)

Program Coordinators: Lindsay Bingham, MPH ( & Velia Leybas Nuño, PhD, MSW

Description: GAME! is a year-long after-school psychosocial intervention for 5th and 6th grade boys at Estes Elementary School. Inspired by its partner program (Growing Girls), boys learn about growing up male, including lessons about staying positive, stereotypes, media messages, peer pressure & bullying, puberty, teamwork, responsibility, and healthy masculinity. During each 2-hour session, boys participate in 30 minutes of structured, team-based physical activity and 30 minutes of unstructured free play. Undergraduate/graduate Group Leaders guide boys through important topics using interactive and experiential learning strategies, and provide support and mentorship. To support family relationships and program sustainability, we also recruit father Group Leaders! In addition to weekly sessions, GAME! participants take an annual field trip - with Growing Girls - to the University of Arizona where boys start to envision their academic and professional futures. GAME! is held on Mondays from 2-4 PM.

Wilcat Marathoners

Location: Tucson-wide

Program Coordinator: Sabrina Plattner, M.Ed. (

Description: The Wildcat Marathoners (WM) program engages local school children through a walking/running program to promote a healthy, active lifestyle. Participating schools will set up a walking/running club at their school with a goal of meeting at least once per week. With the help of the club's supervisor (school staff or parent volunteer), children will track laps using punch cards and receive "fitness finder charms" as incentives when they reach mielage milestones. Club participants will complete at least 12.1 miles - 1 mile short of a half-marathon - before the one-mile FitKidz race at the University of Arizona on February 9, 2020. Children participating in this event who have accumulated at least 12.1 miles at their school's WM program will receive a completion certificate and a University of Arizona superhero cape.


Healthy 2B Me Camp

Location: Las Abuelitas Community Center

Program Coordinator: Nicole Bergier (

Description: Healthy 2B Me (H2BM) is a wellness camp for underserved youth in the greater Tucson area. Since 2013, Healthy 2B Me Summer Camp has reached nearly 300 local elementary students, ages 7-10, in Southern Arizona. Our camp is designed to increase public health knowledge (diet, physical activity, and tobacco prevention) and lifestyle behaviors related to self-care, kindness and healthy relationships. The camp is held as week-long sessions, with each camp day focused on a specific health and wellness theme. In 2019, we expanded our reach by hosting camp at two local elementary schools: Dietz K-8 and Prince Elementary. We continued our partnership with the Primavera Foundation and also hosted camp for our third consecutive year at the Las Abuelitas Community Center in South Tucson.