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SEAHEC Executive Director: Politicians Could Emulate Our Border Community Teens

Our people here at the border are connected. Our history connects us, our economy connects us, our air, water and environment connect us. Common sense should connect us too. Continue reading


UA BLAISER Students Join “Fight the Bite” Campaign

Canvasing Nogales
A new program at the University of Arizona has provided SEAHEC another opportunity to help prepare health professions students for real world practice. This summer, SEAHEC hosted 19 students from Border Latino & American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER.) The students joined the efforts of our Future Health Leaders and the FRONTERA group that worked with us in stemming the tide of mosquito born illness. SEAHEC has been working with the Arizona Department of Health Services and other partners to stop the spread of illnesses like Zika and Dengue through a community education campaign known as “Fight the Bite.”

Students visited both Nogales Arizona, and Nogales Mexico to spread the word and conduct a survey about the prevalence of mosquito borne illnesses. SEAHEC, working with FRONTERA and BLAISER students collected over 200 surveys from community members.

Learning objectives for the BLAISER  students included

  • Gain exposure to rural border community life in both US and Mexico
  • Compare and contrast built environments and their impact on health
  • Learn about priority health issues that impact our border
  • Practice health education & outreach … Continue reading
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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, an Arizona Department of Health effort to prevent mosquito borne illness. 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 Future Health Leaders (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 Health Sciences Center, 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, … 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