L-R: Tashina Machain, US Congressman Ron Barber,SEAHEC Executive Director Gail Emrick, Kathleen Gilligan.
Tucson- April 23, 2014- US Congressional Representative, Ron Barber, stopped by to greet Gail Emrick, SEAHEC Executive Director and staff members during the annual luncheon for the The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona in Tucson. SEAHEC was one of two agencies outside of Tucson to receive funding from the Foundation,which helped sponsor SEAHEC’s Future Healthcare Leaders Program last year. Congressman Barber took time view SEAHEC’s presentation with Ms. Emrick and staff members Tashina Machain, Future Healthcare Leader Program Coordinator, and Kathleen Gilligan, SEAHEC’s Coordinator for Community Health Initiatives. At the luncheon, SEAHEC joined with nine other grantees in showcasing local programs that support and sustain women throughout southern Arizona.
Through our Future Healthcare Leaders Program, SEAHEC promotes economic prosperity by supporting youth to explore and pursue health professions. The Future Healthcare Leaders Program is the first of SEAHEC’s three pillars of healthcare workforce development: recruitment, placement, and retention of culturally competent health professionals. SEAHEC has fostered “home grown” healthcare providers for nearly three decades. Through the Future Healthcare Leaders Program, SEAHEC implements high school based health career clubs in Nogales, Rio Rico, Bisbee, Douglas, Willcox, Tucson, and the Tohono O’odham Nation. For college level health professions students, SEAHEC provides assistance with placement in rural communities to complete their clinical rotations, along with housing and travel stipend assistance. SEAHEC also works with nearby universities to provide volunteer and service learning opportunities for health professions students in rural communities along the US/Mexico border in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. SEAHEC’s approach to retaining and supporting rural healthcare providers includes ongoing continuing education and continuing medical education and partnering with local health organizations on initiatives designed to improve access to healthcare for rural and underserved communities in southeast Arizona.