Brenda Olivia Sanchez-SEAHEC Intern

I grew up on the outskirts of Tucson. I graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health and a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish Translation and Interpretation. From a young age, I have always been interested in helping people and growing up in a close-knit community on the outliers of town exposed me to many of the health disparities that exist in our own backyard. I always knew that I wanted to find a way to help my community out and I felt that studying Public Health was the perfect way to do just that. I believe that health education and prevention is the best approach to solving many of our health disparities. Through my internship at SEAHEC, I have been able to help create a health curriculum for Winchester Heights as well as planning and implementing a binational border health conference. Because of this experience, I learned that I chose the correct career path and that I want to pursue a career in health education serving rural communities. Continue reading

SEAHEC Brings EPA Sponsored Environmental Health Education to Winchester Youth

As Winchester Heights families, led by the Winchester Community Action Board, gathered to raise funds for more playground equipment, their children participated in Environmental Health education. While families lined up to buy duros, a puffed wheat snack, Linda Cifuentes, SEAHEC’s Capacity Building Coordinator for Winchester Heights, and Brenda Sanchez, SEAHEC intern, held two Environmental Health Workshops funded by the Environmental Protection Agency on pesticides. The workshop was geared towards children ages 5 to 10 though all youth were invited to participate. They taught 10 participants ages 5 to 18 on what pesticides are, how exposure occurs, symptoms of exposure and prevention. All the participants answered questions and shared their thoughts, passing the assessment given to them at the end. We look forward to the continued participation of the community in community events that will strengthen neighborhood ties and community capacity to advocate for resident’s needs. Continue reading

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