SEAHEC Expands Health Career Clubs Program

Local teens in Southeast Arizona have more support and resources available for exploring health careers thanks to new partnerships forged by the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC). Arizona’s oldest Area Health Education Center (AHEC) partners with local schools, healthcare facilities, and tribal communities, to establish and support high school based Future Healthcare Leaders Clubs. (FHL) SEAHEC’s newest alliance is with Willcox High School. Sally White, a substitute teacher at the school and coordinator of Willcox Against Substance Abuse (WASA) is onsite facilitator. The club will have vital support from Roland Knox, CEO of Northern Cochise Community Hospital, who will provide mentors and training opportunities. Vanessa McIntyre, human resources manager of Northern Cochise Community Hospital also serves as a valuable resource for Willcox Future Healthcare Leaders. “Through SEAHEC’s program, the Future Healthcare Leaders are able to visit colleges, listen to presentations from health professionals and get the help they need with financial aid and scholarships searches,” said Tashina Machain, SEAHEC’s Coordinator, who is working to set up the new club. Continue reading

Binational Recognition for SEAHEC Executive Director

SEAHEC Executive Director Gail Emrick MPH with Dr. José J.Bernardo Campillo García Secretario de Salud Publica de Sonora;and Jennie Becenti, MPH Executive Director, Tohono O’odham Department of Health and Human Services.   Sonoran Governor Guillermo Padrés Elías recognized SEAHEC’s leadership in improving health care in Arizona’s border communities last week by awarding SEAHEC’s Director Gail E. Emrick the “Border Health Employee of the Year Recognition,” at the 4th annual meeting of the Binational Health Councils of Arizona and Sonora on October 24th. Presented by Sonoran Secretary of Health Dr. José Jesus Bernardo Campillo García, the award commended SEAHEC Executive Director Ms. Emrick for her work in spearheading the Arizona Border Communities Health Network among other initiatives on which she has collaborated. Continue reading