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FRONTERA Helps us Fight the Bite

Students from Focusing Research on the Border Area (FRONTERA) came to SEAHEC on Thursday, July 7th, to help with the Fight the Bite Campaign.

Before heading out to the streets, the students were given an overview of border health issues by SEAHEC Executive Director, Gail Emrick, who welcomed the students to Nogales at SEAHEC, their first stop on the day-long tour. The students also participated in a discussion on epidemiology, before heading out to canvas the neighborhoods of Ambos Nogales.

SEAHEC has been involved in the CDC’s efforts to stem the spread of mosquito borne illnesses like Dengue and Zika viruses since last year, when our Future Health Leaders Club students laid the ground work for this summer’s community education campaign. As part of their community service learning project, FHL students assisted the Arizona Department of Health Services to document  existence of Aedes Aegypti mosquito larvae, that transmit an array of preventable illnesses.  The students trapped and documented mosquitoes, and counted larvae in the Nogales area, and shared their findings with AzDHS and the Santa Cruz County epidemiologist. They also led a local awareness campaign, and in January, SEAHEC presented the students findings at the  US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Child health and Environment Conference in San … Continue reading


2016 Summer Camps A Success

One of SEAHEC’s most inspiring youth activities are the annual week-long Future Health Leaders Summer Camps. We organize two camps, one sponsored by the Tohono O’odham Nation, and the other sponsored by the Arizona Area Health Education Center.

Summer Camps are packed with exciting opportunities to explore health careers, develop friendships and leadership skills, prepare for college, and learn about the latest advances in the healthcare industry. Our 2016 AHEC FHL Summer Camp ran from June 12-18, and the Tohono O’odham Summer Camp ran from June 20-26.

Tohono O’odham FHL Summer Camp

The Tohono O’odham Future Health Leaders Summer Camp provides an exploration of health careers in the context of Tohono O’odham cultural heritage. This year’s Camp took the students from the Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) Campus to the University of Arizona Medical College, and back again. The students explored a number of topics related to practicing as a health professional in the Tohono O’odham Community.

On the first day, the students received an orientation to camp, and moved into the TOCC dorms where they would be based during Camp week.

On Tuesday, They learned about “Healthy Living” by examining aspects of our food system, which included a trip … Continue reading


AzCHOW Celebrates Workforce Diversity

The Arizona Community Health Workers Association (AzCHOW)  held their 13th annual training conference  in Tucson on June, 16-17 2016, and it was a resounding success. Held at the Tucson University Marriott Park Hotel, the two day conference drew more than  240 community health workers, supervisors and supporters. The theme of the conference was “Celebrating the Diversity of the CHW Workforce.”  The conference featured a variety of topics, chief among them were a panel on CHW workforce diversity, and a workshop on CHW Supervisor communication skills.

Panelists who provided information about their unique roles as CHWs  in  “Recognizing the Diversity of the CHW Workforce”  included Katherine Sisto, a Community Health Representative for the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Ms. Sisto participated in SEAHEC’s Arizona Healthy Hearts Initiative in 2013, by training to become one of our Healthy Hearts master trainers. Also on the panel was Berta Carbajal, of Phoenix, who leads the Phoenix based promotora HOPE Network, and has championed community health workers for decades. Ms. Carbajal was also recognized on Friday, by the membership, with the Joel Meister award. AzCHOW’s top award for outstanding service as a CHW.

AzCHOW Vice President, Lorena Verdugo, of Tucson talked about her work with the Continue reading

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Be a Pharmacist for a Week

Middle School Students. Have you ever thought about becoming a pharmacist?
Find out what it’s like at PHARM CAMP.

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