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.
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On Saturday April 27th, Winchester Heights residents gathered at the Burris Children’s Memorial Park to plant agave, corn, tomatoes, lettuce and other vegetables. They planted seedlings in pots, beginning the community’s plans to start a community garden. The agave plants were donated by Jane Williamson-Davenport, FNP-C, who works in the Chiricahua Mobile Clinic, providing health care services to the community. The initiative to start a community garden in Winchester Heights is funded by a Community Food Bank Punch Woods Endowment Grant. Chiricahua Mobile Clinic Extends Hours at the Winchester Community Center Saturday also marked the start of Chiricahua Mobile Clinic services on the fourth Saturday of each month in addition to their hours every Wednesday. They provided tacos, refreshments and desserts for the community. Refreshments were accompanied by music thanks to the local DJ, Efrain. Continue reading
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