Continuing Education for Health Professionals

Contact: Suzanne David, Program Manager 520-287-4722

Continuing professional education is critical for ensuring that health providers have up-to-date knowledge about medical advances and delivery of care. One of SEAHEC’s goals is to make sure that providers in outlying areas and medically underserved areas have access to quality, affordable training opportunities. To that end, SEAHEC facilitates the delivery Continuing Medical Education (CME) for physicians, and Continuing Education (CE) for other health care providers, throughout our service area.

Resources for Health Professionals


SEAHEC Hosts Lupus Training in Tucson

Tucson – Thursday, August 11th, 2016 Health providers met with Rheumatologist Bridget Walsh, DO at El Rio Community Center’s El Pueblo Clinic last month to discuss the latest in Lupus diagnosis and treatment. The Tucson event was sponsored by SEAHEC, with support from the National AHEC Organization (NAO) and the American College of Rheumatology’s Lupus Initiative. SEAHEC is a member of the National AHEC Organization, and NAO had selected only 3 partner sites in the U.S. – SEAHEC being one of the three chosen to participate, due to our region’s proportionately larger Hispanic/Latino population SEAHEC Executive Director, Gail Emrick, MPH, opened the session with a brief overview of SEAHEC’s mission and programs. She also provided an explanation of the Lupus project. One of the goals of the project, was to reach primary care providers who serve largely Hispanic/Latino populations, as this has been identified as a population who may more frequently go undiagnosed or lacks appropriate referral to a rheumatologist. Learning objectives included identification of Lupus demographics, high risk populations and symptoms, followed by a discussion of diagnosis and guidelines for appropriate treatment. After the introduction, Ms. Emrick introduced Dr. Walsh, DO, a prominent Arthritis and Rheumatology Specialist practicing with… Continue reading

New Training Offering for Nurses

End Violence Against Women International (EVAW International) has announced a new offering of 175 contact hours for nurses through the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). The offerings are available online at the EVAW International OnLine Training Institute (OLTI) at For more information contact EVAW International. Or visit Their Nursing Accreditation Page. EVAW International P.O. Box 33 Addy, WA 99101-0033 509-684-9800 Phone 509-684-9801 Fax Module Hours Price Laboratory Analysis of Biological Evidence and the Role of DNA in Sexual Assault Investigations 32 $40 Successfully Investigating Sexual Assault Against Victims with Disabilities 20 $40 Effective Victim Advocacy in the Criminal Justice System: A Training Course for Victim Advocates 14 $30 Interviewing the Victim: Techniques Based on the Real Dynamics of Sexual Assault 14 $30 Sustaining a Coordinated Community Response: Sexual Assault Response and Resource Teams (SARRT) 12 $30 Reporting Methods for Sexual Assault Cases 12 $30 Victim Impact: How Victims are Affected by Sexual Assault and How Law Enforcement Can Respond Successfully 11 $30 Sexual Assault Response and Resource Teams (SARRT): A Guide for Rural and Remote Communities 9 $20 Breaking Barriers: The Role of Community-Based and System-Based Victim Advocates 9 $20 Preliminary Investigation: Guidelines for First Responders 8 $20 Clearance… Continue reading

NFD Launches Community Paramedicine Training

Nogales Fire Department Partnering with Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center With support from Santa Cruz Community Foundation The Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) and the Nogales Fire Department (NFD) developed The Arizona Community Integrated Paramedic Pilot Project (CIPP) to improve community health outcomes through reducing non-emergency use of the 911 system. These reductions are being implemented through using the department’s 911 call data to gain insight into community health education needs and to train staff and allocate resources to meet those needs. It is hoped that community health outcomes will be positively impacted by reducing hospital emergency department (ED) visits by chronic disease sufferers, lowering admission to hospital emergency rooms for high utilization users of the 911 system, and by reducing readmission in the selected population with chronic diseases and other issues which can be reduced through educational interventions. SEAHEC and partner NFD were awarded a small grant from the Santa Cruz Community Foundation in August 2014. In September, 2014 SEAHEC contracted two public health students to help the NFD develop a system for analyzing the data from 911 calls. Records from calls that occurred in 2013 and 2014 were used to look for patterns of 911… Continue reading

23rd EMS on the Border Conference a Success

In January, SEAHEC’s 23rd EMS On the Border conference was another resounding success for SEAHEC. The conference drew 218 participants: 153 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel and 65 Registered Nurses (RN) from 73 southern Arizona health agencies. Participants came to learn the latest developments in prehospital care strategies. SEAHEC’s Emergency Medical Services conference provides opportunities to prehospital personnel and emergency department nurses.   Our conferences are tailored to help prehospital care providers address emergency situations unique to our geographic area. Held at the Desert Diamond Casino, on I19, just south of Tucson, this year’s presentations included: The New CPR: Prepping for Success, Sean Culliney, CEP (Northwest Fire) & Gary Brauchla (Cochise County Resident) Pediatric Airway Chad Viscusi, MD (UA Health Network) Workplace Violence Active Shooter, Ron Salik, MD FACEP (St. Joseph’s Hospital and Arizona LifeLine) Sepsis, Jen Smith, MD & Jamie Moskowitz, RN. (UA Health Network) Pediatric Pitfalls, Frank Paul, DO, FACOEP, FACEP (VPMA Hospital Physician Partners) Changes & Controversies in Trauma , Joseph Bellal, MD (UA Health Network) Environmental Exposure, Chris Williams, MD. (UA Health Network) David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star cartoonist provided lunchtime entertainment. Continue reading