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

Chiricahua Mobile Center Provides Free Flu Shots and Health Visits in Winchester Heights

Chiricahua Staff are able to meet with Winchester Heights residents at the new community center, improving access to health care and information.

On Friday October 12th the Chiricahua Mobile Clinic, operated by Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. (CCHCI) parked next to Winchester Community Center for the first time, serving the residents of Winchester Heights and the surrounding area. Jane Williamson-Davenport, the mobile clinic coordinator, and her team of health practitioners provided medical services for patients. Continue reading

SEAHEC’s Healthy Farms CHWs Earn CPR Certification

SEAHEC’s Healthy Farms community health worker (CHW) team earned their CPR certification in September, 2018. The  CHWs or promotores took the full CPR training with practice on dummies. They all passed the exam at the end of the course and received their certification. “It was a successful training!” reported SEAHEC Community Capacity Building Coordinator, Linda Cifuentes. She and Lauren Acosta NP, a Northern Arizona University faculty member, organized the training. Team members who took the training included Josefina Salazar, Yazaida Esquilin, Vanessa Valenzuela Castillo, Jesus Garcia, and Aida Dominguez. The training was conducted in Spanish by Jeffrey Osterhoudt, of Delta4 Medical. Mr. Osterhoudt is certified by the American Heart Association to teach CPR, and is a former Special Forces Medic. “Winchester Heights has the beginnings of pool of healthcare providers to help provide medical treatment in the 20 minutes or so it’ll take to respond by ambulance,” Mr. Osterhoudt commented on his Facebook Page.   Continue reading