UA BLAISER Students Join “Fight the Bite” Campaign

A new program at the University of Arizona has provided SEAHEC another opportunity to help prepare health professions students for real world practice. This summer, SEAHEC hosted 19 students from Border Latino & American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER.) The students joined the efforts of our Future Health Leaders and the FRONTERA group that worked with us in stemming the tide of mosquito born illness. SEAHEC has been working with the Arizona Department of Health Services and other partners to stop the spread of illnesses like Zika and Dengue through a community education campaign known as “Fight the Bite.” Students visited both Nogales Arizona, and Nogales Mexico to spread the word and conduct a survey about the prevalence of mosquito borne illnesses. SEAHEC, working with FRONTERA and BLAISER students collected over 200 surveys from community members. Learning objectives for the BLAISER  students included Gain exposure to rural border community life in both US and Mexico Compare and contrast built environments and their impact on health Learn about priority health issues that impact our border Practice health education & outreach strategies in both US and Mexican settings Reflect on similarities and differences between  the role of health workers in U.S. and Mexico Upon… Continue reading

2016 Summer Camps A Success

FHL Summer Camp photo

One of SEAHEC’s most inspiring youth activities are the annual week-long Future Health Leaders Summer Camps. We organize two camps, one sponsored by the Tohono O’odham Nation, and the other sponsored by the Arizona Area Health Education Center. Summer Camps are packed with exciting opportunities to explore health careers, develop friendships and leadership skills, prepare for college, and learn about the latest advances in the healthcare industry. Our 2016 AHEC Future Health Leaders (FHL) Summer Camp ran from June 12-18, and the Tohono O’odham Summer Camp ran from June 20-26. Tohono O’odham FHL Summer Camp The Tohono O’odham Future Health Leaders Summer Camp provides an exploration of health careers in the context of Tohono O’odham cultural heritage. This year’s Camp took the students from the Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) Campus to the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, and back again. The students explored a number of topics related to practicing as a health professional in the Tohono O’odham Community. On the first day, the students received an orientation to camp, and moved into the TOCC dorms where they would be based during Camp week. On Tuesday, They learned about “Healthy Living” by examining aspects of our food system,… Continue reading