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

Grants awarded by Northern Cochise Fund

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Reposted from the Willcox Range News:  Kathy Klump December 30, 2015 This year, the Northern Cochise Fund awarded grants totaling $7,000 to five local organizations. Chiricahua Trails Volunteer Fire Department received a grant to supply its firetrucks with equipment. For NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeastern Arizona), the grant will be used to provide increased staff and programs in Willcox and the northern part of the county. Healthy Farms, the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center, will provide assistance to the Winchester Heights area. The San Simon Valley Literacy Organization for summer arts and literacy programs. And Northern Cochise Community Hospital received funding for equipment for rural health clinics in the area. The Northern Cochise Fund, a permanent endowment, was founded by local citizens in 2009, and since then has awarded more than $20,000 in grants to facilitate community development, support youth, leadership, entrepreneurship, and culture and heritage in Willcox and the surrounding towns. The fund is overseen by a local board as a collaborative partner with the Arizona Community Foundation. To help NCF with future grants to create more vibrant communities in northern Cochise County, please send your tax deductible donation to: Northern Cochise Fund, P.O. Box 683,… Continue reading

SEAHEC “Healthy Farms” Awarded Renewed Support

Cochise County October 1, 2015 The Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise (formerly the Cochise Community Foundation) has awarded SEAHEC renewed support for Cochise County’s first farm based community health worker team. SEAHEC’s “Healthy Farms” program was established in 2009, to recruit and train local farm workers to become community health workers. The CHWs provide community health education, referrals to services and collect data on community identified health issues, which is used in planning future activities. Since FY 2013, The Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise, (formerly the Cochise Community Foundation) has provided financial support for the program. In October, 2015, we received another award from the foundation that will support further development of the program, and provide more “service learning” opportunities for health professions students through FY 2016. SEAHEC would like to thank the Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise, for their continuing support in helping us improve access to health services in southern Arizona. Community Impact Timeline: Continue reading