Vitalyst Health Foundation to Fund Winchester Playground Equipment

The Vitalyst Health Foundation has awarded funding to SEAHEC that will provide playground equipment for the I “Heart” Children Burris  Memorial Park, which will become the playground for the Winchester Community Center. SEAHEC is helping the community of Winchester Heights build a community center and playground to help the community gain the organizational capacity needed to improve local public health outcomes.  Continue reading

Breaking Ground: Winchester Heights Community Center

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On January 18, SEAHEC, Winchester Heights community members and partners, held a groundbreaking for the new community center, scheduled for construction this year. The community center will serve as a hub for local education, health-related activities and community development. With a history of health education and health professions student placement in the Winchester Heights community, “SEAHEC and residents have dreamed of the day that residents would have a place to meet and a safe place for children to play. With the groundbreaking, this dream is now becoming a reality”, said Gail Emrick, Executive Director of SEAHEC.   In 2017, SEAHEC was awarded a Community Innovation grant through the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona, to construct a community center in Winchester Heights, Cochise County.  In this unincorporated, isolated rural community, the children of Winchester Heights have no safe place to play and community members have no location to meet, plan or receive health education. This grant creates the opportunity to work with local community members to improve local infrastructure and quality of life. Close to a million people live in communities along the US/ Mexico border that lack basic infrastructure to support basic public health and safety. These communities, known as… Continue reading

Winchester Heights Community Center Construction Progressing

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Residents of the Winchester Heights Colonia (WHC) in northern Cochise County, Arizona will soon have a long awaited community center, thanks to SEAHEC and community partners. Residents of this isolated rural community in northern Cochise County, Arizona have  long awaited infrastructure improvements that impact their health and safety.  

Thanks to SEAHEC and community partners, that dream is becoming a reality. The community center construction project is one of the most tangible results of SEAHEC’s Healthy Farms, Healthy Communities Program founded in 2009. Since launching Cochise County’s first farm based community health worker team in 2013, SEAHEC has worked with local residents to identify and address glaring health disparities in this isolated rural community.  Continue reading