Grants awarded by Northern Cochise Fund

Healthy Farms

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

CHWs, Health Professions Students Collaborate on Health Fair

August, 2015 -Winchester Heights, Willcox, Cochise County More than 60 community members, at least half of whom were school-aged children, participated in back to school safety activities sponsored by SEAHEC and the University of Arizona’s Border Health Service Learning Program. Staffed and organized by  UA health professions students and community health workers (CHWs) from SEAHEC’s Healthy Farms Program, the Health Fair provided health information for local families and learning opportunities for health professions students. Continue reading

Healthy Farms Installs School Bus Shelters

Healthy Farms Installs Bus Shelters in Winchester Heights Az

Starting this school year, the children of Winchester Heights have shelter from Arizona’s often harsh climate, while they await the bus to school, thanks to SEAHEC’s Healthy Farms Program, and funding from the Cochise Community Foundation. In August, Health Professions students from the University of Arizona worked with community residents and a local contractor to construct and install two bus shelters Winchester Heights, a farming community near Willcox Arizona. Continue reading