SEAHEC Receives NAO “Excellence for Community Programs” Award

SEAHEC Healthy Farms CHWs bring asthma, lead education to their community

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

SEAHEC Helps Cochise, Graham and Greenlee
County Communities Battle COVID 19

COVID19 RESOURCES

As the COVID-19 pandemic surged, SEAHEC and partners in Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties worked together to improve community capacity to stem the epidemic. The focus of the effort was threefold:

Provide Spanish translations for health education resources published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC,) The Wold Health Organization (WHO,) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS.) According to SEAHEC Border/Binational Program Coordinator, Brenda Olivia Sanchez, who leads the effort, many of the best, most reliable resources were not available in Spanish, limiting the ability of local community health workers and public health educators to provide outreach to our most vulnerable communities.
Make bilingual health education resources available online via seahec.org and social media to share them with community partners.
Revolutionize community health worker (CHW) training by helping CHWs-promotores de salud transition to virtual modes training and providing community health education on COVID 19. In the past, low computer literacy, lack of access to computers and deficient rural broadband connectivity has hampered the efforts of Arizona’s CHWs to access training and teaching resources and share them with each other and their community. Continue reading

Local Employer Supports Winchester Heights Community Center

Tomatoes

Last year, NatureSweet, a tomato grower in the Winchester Heights area that employs a large number of Winchester Heights residents, contacted SEAHEC to find out what they could do to help promote the sustainability of the Winchester Heights Community Center. We came to a mutual agreement that NatureSweet would pay the center’s electric bill. Since last June, they have provided over $1,000 for the electric bill, and are committed to continue supporting the center in this manner for the foreseeable future. “SEAHEC and the community of Winchester Heights are grateful for NatureSweet’s support and ongoing interest in the health and well-being of the community. We thank you,” said SEAHEC Executive Director Gail Emrick.  Continue reading