Center for Connected Health (CCH)

Mission and Vision
Grand Canyon University's Center for Connected Health places the university at the center of health care innovations by bringing industry leaders, care providers and research technologies together to advance health care education, research and utilization of information technology to enhance clinical practice.

As partners, each of these key players influence the preparation of health care providers in the following ways:

  • Promoting the values of connected health; the interdisciplinary collaboration of education, research, technology and industry.
  • Informing the integration of learning concepts and competencies related to health care innovation in college curricula.
  • Supporting learning opportunities that place students in areas where innovation unfolds; in the practice setting, in the laboratory, on the testing ground and in the virtual space that supports clients and providers.
  • Forming a consortium for connected health.

CCH Leadership

Maria QuimbaMaria Quimba
Co-Director of the Center for Connected Health
Assistant Dean of Professional Studies, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Maria Quimba is the Assistant Dean of Professional Studies for the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions at Grand Canyon University. She has held numerous positions in acute care, transitional care and higher education. As Coordinator of Instructional Programs for both the University of Arizona and Rio Salado College her work has paved the way for innovative approaches to online and non-traditional learning. Maria holds an M.B.A. and M.S.N. with an emphasis in Nursing Leadership as well as a Master of Arts in Bioethics. Her professional experiences in higher education lay the foundation for her work in developing innovative partnerships with hospital organizations, building educational programs for working adults and advancing initiatives to encourage the youth of today to seek careers in nursing and health care.

Haley PeeblesHaley Peebles
Co-Director of the Center for Connected Health
Associate Director, Center for Integrated Science, Engineering and Technology

Haley Peebles has experience in business, healthcare, academics and mentoring and has worked at Grand Canyon University for the last eight years. For seven years of that she taught in the College of Arts & Science teaching human dissection, anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology and introduction to health care. She is now Associate Director of the Center for Integrated Science, Engineering and Technology. During her time teaching as Associate Professor, she was voted by the students, "Best Teacher at GCU" in 2012. Outside of the classroom Haley was involved as a leader for multiple mission trips related to areas of education and health care. As the founder of the GCU student organization, Pre-Health Professions Club and now the GCU chapter of AZ Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) which serves about 200 students all seeking health care careers. She has mentored many students and has helped student get into schools like Harvard, Case Western, University of Michigan, Cornel and many more. A passion of hers is to support and develop others to find their path for success. Haley is finishing her doctorate in Health Education at A.T. Still School of Health Management. She is very involved in the community and is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for Arizona Heart and Phoenix Baptist Hospital, Treasurer for the Arizona Science Teachers Association and advisory council for Peoria Unified School District CTE programs and Paradise Valley Crest High School.

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