SEAHEC was among the sponsors of the fourth annual Arizona Rural Health Association (AzRHA) youth leadership conference this year which was “the largest, most popular, and most successful held to date,” according to Alison Hughes, co-founder of the University of Arizona’s Center for Rural Health. Ninety eight youth participated in the conference, which gives Arizona’s rural youth a chance to explore leadership opportunities, “fine tune leadership skills, and turn them into action.”
Tashina Machain, SEAHEC’s Future Health Leaders Program Coordinator served on the conference planning committee.
“It was great to see so many promising youth all in one place collaborating on ideas to make a difference in their communities,” she said.
The theme for the conference was “Strong Leaders Real Solutions.” The learning goals for the conference included:
- Provide youth with skills to advance leadership capacity.
- Engage youth in cross-training experiences that enable information exchange about local and complex issues impacting their communities.
- Train youth in methods of peer-to-peer counseling that contribute to a reduction of opioid use and abuse at the community level.
- Connect youth with mentors and resources to support them in their future career paths.
- Sharpen Your Leadership Skills.
- Peer to Peer Education on Opioid and Substance Abuse.
- Assessing community assets and developing community based interventions to address issues.