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.
This year, SEAHEC awarded 9 scholarships to high school seniors pursuing a health profession, in honor of Karen Halverson, SEAHEC Executive Director, 1989-2007. Continue reading
We are excited to announce the launch of the 2021 Future Health Leaders Virtual Summer Camp! This will be our second year of virtual summer camp and this year will be BIGGER and BETTER. We will be hosting giveaways, providing completion packages, and engaging in virtual social activities throughout the week. We have lined up some knowledgeable guest speakers in topics such as nursing, pharmacy, and allied health. We know this will be a great healthcare learning experience for all those in attendance.
2021 Future Health Leaders Summer Program Registration
Camp: June 7-11, 2021, Virtual Campus
Registration closes on May 14th at 11:59pm Continue reading
Watch SEAHEC’s 35th Anniversary Video Continue reading
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