On Thursday Aug 1, 2019 the Arizona Rural Health Association recognized SEAHEC’s Healthy Farms Program for our work with the Winchester Heights community. SEAHEC Executive Director Gail Emrick accepted the award at the Arizona Rural Health Conference in Flagstaff.
SEAHEC has developed a community health worker driven development model that can be adapted by other rural border communities. Public health outcomes are closely linked to infrastructure. People who live in substandard housing with old plumbing are likely to face health risks, such as contaminated drinking water, or life threatening fires. If communities have no space for assembly, or a mechanism for managing resources, the likelihood of developing public health supporting infrastructure is slim. By helping people establish key infrastructure that fosters civic engagement, communities can gain the momentum they need overcome long standing barriers to health and safety.
On January 31, 2020, a binational-interprofessional team of four SEAHEC interns worked with the Mexican Consulate (Douglas) to bring the Mexican Ventanilla de Salud Program to Pearce-Sunsites. The expansion of crucial public health services into rural southeast Arizona will serve Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties. Continue reading
Last summer, (2019) SEAHEC and the University of Arizona’s (UA) Health Sciences Center, piloted the first ever inter-professional course to focus on migration. The course was very successful, and was expanded to include twice as many students and participation of the Arizona State University College of Social Work. Recently, the innovative program was covered by News 4 in Tucson. Continue reading
The community center at Winchester Heights has hosted an exceptional amount of community activity since its inauguration in August, 2018. Residents have built a soccer league, held health and school events conducted fundraising and training events, but now people are ready to take a major step toward independence. Recently, PBS News Hour covered the Healthy Farms team’s activities in Winchester Heights. Continue reading
Initiating in 1992, the EMS on the Border conference provides an opportunity for emergency medical personnel including EMTs, Paramedics, ED nurses and others, to earn continuing education credits, while learning about state of the art practice and skills in their field. Continue reading
Recruiting health care providers to serve in rural Arizona should soon get easier. In May 2019, the State of Arizona passed an $8 million initiative to support the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix. Continue reading
Brenda Olivia Sanchez has come on board as our new Border/Binational Program Coordinator. In 2018 Brenda graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Public Health and a BA in Spanish Translation and Interpretation. During her senior year, Brenda came to SEAHEC as an intern from September 2018 to May 2019. In June, 2019, she came on as a new program coordinator. Brenda oversees SEAHEC programs related to health issues and services along the borderlands. Continue reading