Breaking Ground: Winchester Heights Community Center

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On January 18, SEAHEC, Winchester Heights community members and partners, held a groundbreaking for the new community center, scheduled for construction this year. The community center will serve as a hub for local education, health-related activities and community development. With a history of health education and health professions student placement in the Winchester Heights community, “SEAHEC and residents have dreamed of the day that residents would have a place to meet and a safe place for children to play. With the groundbreaking, this dream is now becoming a reality”, said Gail Emrick, Executive Director of SEAHEC.   In 2017, SEAHEC was awarded a Community Innovation grant through the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona, to construct a community center in Winchester Heights, Cochise County.  In this unincorporated, isolated rural community, the children of Winchester Heights have no safe place to play and community members have no location to meet, plan or receive health education. This grant creates the opportunity to work with local community members to improve local infrastructure and quality of life. Close to a million people live in communities along the US/ Mexico border that lack basic infrastructure to support basic public health and safety. These communities, known as… Continue reading

Sacrifice Who I am Today for Who I Can Become Tomorrow

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By Diego Garcia SEAHEC, guest blogger, University of Notre Dame January 12, 2018 I left my home today. This time around was much more difficult to leave my family, friends, and girlfriend. I’m not sure if leaving the first time did not weigh on me as much since I was excited to begin a new chapter, or if this time after being gone for so long I realized just how much I had missed home and the small things like my bed, my mom’s home-cooked meals, and the delightful weather. Today was tough. This last week in Nogales I repeated to myself over and over that I did not want to leave the comfort of my home. I’m happy at Notre Dame, and I miss my friends and life over there, but home is truly where the heart is and its hard leaving it for an extended time. Goodbyes are the worst. Knowing that you won’t see the special people in your life for months is tough. It is at the moment you last see them, the moment you have that last kiss, hug, or blessing that all your feelings culminate and explode into tears. Since I was a kid… Continue reading