Planting Begins at Community Garden in Burris Children’s Memorial Park

Healthy Farms Community Garden

  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

SEAHEC Brings EPA Sponsored Environmental Health Education to Winchester Youth

Healthy Farms EPA Training

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

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