2014 SEAHEC Karen Halverson Scholars

With your help, SEAHEC awarded ten Karen Halverson Memorial Scholarships to seniors pursuing a career in healthcare in Arizona. SEAHEC enjoyed an exciting and successful spring this year as our high school and health professions students made inspiring discoveries in their exploration of rural health career opportunities in southeast Arizona. SEAHEC would like to express our thanks to those who supported our Arizona Gives Day campaign with your generous contributions. SEAHEC’s Future Healthcare Leaders (FHL) program creates opportunities for rural youth to explore health careers, achieve their professional potential, increase economic earnings, and ultimately contribute to improving health services in their own communities. SEAHEC has health career clubs in Bisbee, Willcox and Douglas high schools, in Cochise County, Nogales and Rio Rico high schools in Santa Cruz County, Pueblo Magnet High School in Tucson, and Baboquivari High School and Tohono O’odham High School on the Tohono O’odham Nation. This year, 100% of FHL seniors graduated high school, and 94 percent applied for financial aid and were accepted to college. SEAHEC awarded ten scholarships to students in five out of eight clubs. Career Choices included: Registered Nurse 37%, Medicine 27% Psychologist 9%, Undecided 9%, other 18%. Continue reading

2014 FRONTERA Border Tour

FRONTERA students were once again in Nogales this spring to explore health professions opportunities in Southeastern Arizona. This year the group included two SEAHEC Future Healthcare Leaders Alumni, Kimberly Escarcega, and Raymond Larez, of Douglas. They were among 10 members from the University of Arizona health professions student organization, Focusing Research on the Border Area, one of several student groups that SEAHEC hosts annually, to provide hands on experience in rural health care. The group was accompanied by Alejandra Zapien Hidalgo, Student Recruitment/Retention Specialist for the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, University of Arizona College of Medicine. Continue reading

Mt. Sinai Students Return

For the sixth year in a row, students from Ichan School of Medicine at New York’s Mount Sinai University spent their spring break in Arizona to learn about rural healthcare. Hosted by SEAHEC, the students toured local health facilities in Nogales, met with local health professionals, and organized health fairs during their stay, after which they visited the Tohono O’odham Nation. Continue reading