Arizona - Western Region

Rebecca Ruiz
Tel: 520-626-2243

The “west coast” of Arizona includes the counties of Mohave, La Paz, and Yuma and is bounded by the Colorado River as it flows from Lake Mead in the north to Mexico in the south. Along the river, water activities such as fishing, boating, water skiing, and other water sports are popular. Lake Mead National Recreation Area in the north, created by the Hoover Dam, is the largest of the three manmade lakes on this stretch of the river.

The region boasts several national parks that are popular for camping. There are also several wildlife refuges both along the river and further inland. The largest in the area, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, protects pristine desert and is home to bighorn sheep.

The region is primarily desert and mountains to the east, with river activities to the west. Main cities include Yuma, Lake Havasu City, and Kingman. There are several Indian tribes along the Colorado River, and Hispanic influence is strong, especially in the south. Although the region maps 21% of the state’s total area, about 357,000 people (7% of the population) live in this region. The region’s main industries are tourism, agriculture, mining, military, and government.


J-1 Visa Information and Other Available Programs:

  • Arizona’s J-1 Visa Waiver Program click here.
  • HHS Exchange Visitor Waiver Program click here.
  • Navigating the J-1 Visa Waiver Job Search Process booklet

    J1 Contact Information

    Ana Roscetti
    Bureau of Women's and Children's Health, AZ Department of Health Services
    150 N. 18th Avenue, Suite 300
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    Phone: 602-542-1066
    Fax: 602-542-2011 (Attn: J-1 Visa Waiver)
    HSD | J-1 Visa Waiver Program

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    Rebecca Ruiz
    Center for Rural Health
    The University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
    1295 N Martin Ave, Bldg A202; P.O. Box 245177
    Tucson, AZ 85724
    Phone: 520-626-2243
    Fax: 520-626-3101
    Arizona Center for Rural Heath

    Additional Contacts

    Lourdes Montez
    Tel: 602-288-7550


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