Breaking Ground: Winchester Heights Community Center


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

Grants awarded by Northern Cochise Fund

Healthy Farms

Reposted from the Willcox Range News:  Kathy Klump December 30, 2015 This year, the Northern Cochise Fund awarded grants totaling $7,000 to five local organizations. Chiricahua Trails Volunteer Fire Department received a grant to supply its firetrucks with equipment. For NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeastern Arizona), the grant will be used to provide increased staff and programs in Willcox and the northern part of the county. Healthy Farms, the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center, will provide assistance to the Winchester Heights area. The San Simon Valley Literacy Organization for summer arts and literacy programs. And Northern Cochise Community Hospital received funding for equipment for rural health clinics in the area. The Northern Cochise Fund, a permanent endowment, was founded by local citizens in 2009, and since then has awarded more than $20,000 in grants to facilitate community development, support youth, leadership, entrepreneurship, and culture and heritage in Willcox and the surrounding towns. The fund is overseen by a local board as a collaborative partner with the Arizona Community Foundation. To help NCF with future grants to create more vibrant communities in northern Cochise County, please send your tax deductible donation to: Northern Cochise Fund, P.O. Box 683,… Continue reading