SEAHEC Welcomes New Staff

Amaury & Linda

Amaury Gama, Program Coordinator for Future Health Leaders In September 2018, SEAHEC welcomed new-hire Amaury Gama, as our Coordinator for Future Health Leaders. Amaury comes to SEAHEC with several years’ experience in the health field. Formerly employed by the UA Center for Rural Health, as a Navigator and Certified Enrollment Assistor, he also worked at Mariposa Community Health Center. He is bilingual, bicultural and a very enthusiastic and qualified member of the SEAHEC team. Amaury has already initiated his SEAHEC work with clubs in Tucson (Pueblo HS), Ajo, Douglas, Bisbee and Tohono O’odham nation. “It is wonderful to have Amaury as the newest member of our SEAHEC team. He brings an amazing amount of knowledge and enthusiasm to our agency and particularly to the youth with whom he works. Already, Amaury has accomplished so much in so little time. He recently co-chaperoned a group of more than 70 teens on a tour of Grand Canyon University, he has initiated work with eight of our 9 clubs in southern Arizona (Lupita coordinates our Nogales Club), and he has gained the respect and trust of our high school administrators, teachers and students. Thank you Amaury!” Linda Cifuentes, M.S., Global Health, SEAHEC Capacity… Continue reading

Community Food Bank Contributes to Winchester Community Center

Thanks to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, SEAHEC has been able to install refrigeration and cabinetry in the Winchester Community Center. Completed in November, 2018, the additional infrastructure will not only increase availability of fresh food and nutrition information in the community. It will also bolster the overall sustainability of the Center. One of SEAHEC’s chief goals in helping the residents of Winchester Heights to build a community center was to create public health supporting infrastructure in this isolated community. One outcome is improved service delivery access points for our community partners. Another outcome is improved organizational capacity that will enable residents to collaborate on projects to increase overall health and well-being in this community. “On both counts, the generous support of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has led to resounding success, ” said SEAHEC Executive Director, Gail Emrick.      While the addition of refrigeration, cabinets and counter tops will enable the Food Bank to deliver fresh food and implement programming to improve health and nutrition, the new infrastructure will also provide increased organizational support to this emerging community assistance organization. Part of the community’s sustainability plan for the Center includes charging a user fee… Continue reading

Chiricahua Mobile Center Provides Free Flu Shots and Health Visits in Winchester Heights

Chiricahua Staff are able to meet with Winchester Heights residents at the new community center, improving access to health care and information.

On Friday October 12th the Chiricahua Mobile Clinic, operated by Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. (CCHCI) parked next to Winchester Community Center for the first time, serving the residents of Winchester Heights and the surrounding area. Jane Williamson-Davenport, the mobile clinic coordinator, and her team of health practitioners provided medical services for patients. Continue reading

SEAHEC Alumni Profile: Chukwuemeka “Emeka” Iloegbu

SEAHEC Intern, Chukwuemeka Arinze Iloegbu (Emeka) graduates from the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with his Master of Public Health degree

SEAHEC alumnus Chukwuemeka “Emeka” Iloegbu has been keeping in touch with SEAHEC since his June, 2018 graduation from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He considers himself fortunate to have received training and community experience at SEAHEC. Working in the community has transformed his way of thinking and has informed his approach toward the global issues marginalized groups face. Emeka hopes to apply what he has learned through community service to his upcoming opportunities. When Emeka last wrote to us, he was on his way to interview with the World Health Organization. Even though the position did not line up with his expectations, he will continue his research as a member of the Migration Health and Development Research Initiative. (MHADRI) as he continues to search for more community-related projects. “I am looking for something with a practical component,” he said in a recent email. He also shared the highlights of his summer and upcoming work: From September 24-28, Emeka completed the World Health Organization (WHO)Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health, where following this experience, he received accreditation as a civil society special representative to attend a high level UN meeting in Marrakech Morocco December 4-11. He will participate… Continue reading