The National AHEC Organization (NAO) Center of Excellence for Community Programs has awarded the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center’s Healthy Farms program for our work with the Winchester Heights community in northern Cochise County. NAO recognized SEAHEC for our unique model of community development that incorporates training for health professions students into a community health worker driven model for improving rural health and safety in marginalized communities. The Healthy Farms program hosts students and helps them conduct health related community service projects which provide much needed expertise to community health workers and their neighbors who are trying to solve persistent public health issues, often with no funding or infrastructure. Continue reading
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.
Our new documentary chronicles SEAHEC’s work over the past decade to create a community health worker driven rural development model. By helping communities build key infrastructure and organizational capacity, we can lower barriers to creating a safe and healthy community for families in low-income, rural communities. Our model, developed through our through our Healthy Farms Program, can be adapted by other rural communities that lack public health supporting infrastructure.
Project Director Wanted:
February 2021 – up to a period of 3 years
Winchester Heights Health Organization, Inc. (WHHO) is a young nonprofit, formed to improve the well-being of residents of Winchester Heights, an unincorporated, rural, farm working community in southeast Arizona, 12 miles north of Willcox. We are searching for a Project Director for a grant-funded food security initiative. Continue reading
Health Professions Students Needed for Contact Tracing on the Navajo Nation
Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE), in partnership with the Navajo Nation Department of Health, is looking for dedicated and passionate health professional students to act as callers to assist sites with contact tracing efforts across Navajo Nation. Continue reading
In this new documentary, SEAHEC Executive Director, Gail Emrick, gives her personal testimony on the root causes of migration and provides insight into what Americans can do about it. Through telling her personal experience, Ms. Emrick hopes to reveal “the true complexity of the immigration story,” Watch on YouTube. Continue reading
“Participating as a “SEAHEC Scholar” was one of the highlights of my graduate experience! I got to do hands-on, real-world work with students from many different health disciplines, as well as SEAHEC staff, local experts, and high school youth. SEAHEC taught us that when different health professions pool their expertise, they can tackle a problem from multiple angles at once – this can be a powerful strategy for improving community health. Health is definitely a team sport, and it was such a privilege to work and learn with this team!”
Micaela de la Rosa, MPH / MPA student, University of Arizona Continue reading
FRONTERA students teamed up with SEAHEC staff this year to create on-line health resources in lieu of conducting in-person community projects. The audience for a new video series was Ventanilla de Salud and residents of Winchester Heights. Continue reading