One of the things SEAHEC Executive Director, Gail Emrick, is excited about is our new initiative that will bridge the path from high school to college for Tohono O’odham Nation students. With support from the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, SEAHEC has been working with Tohono O’odham Community College and the Tohono O’odham Department of Health and Human Services to develop an Introduction to Public Health Program at the Tohono O’odham Community College.
Recently, Ms. Emrick was invited to participate in The Women’s Foundation’s interview series, “Transformational Grantmaking.” The series highlights “Featured Grantee Partners,” to illustrate how investing in non-profit organizations fosters initiatives that transform women’s lives. The Women’s Foundation has supported SEAHEC programming since 2013, enabling us to expand programming and build program evaluation capacity.
“We began with the creation of two high school health career clubs,” said Ms. Emrick. “We are now adding a community college health careers component.”
SEAHEC’s Future Health Leaders Program operates ten high school based health career preparation clubs across southeastern Arizona. The goal of Future Health Leaders is to assist rural youth to pursue higher education and ultimately, health careers. This strategy is what SEAHEC calls “Growing our Own” healthcare providers, which fosters youth aspirations to go away to college and return to serve their own communities. Among the SEAHEC initiatives the Women’s Foundation funding has helped support are new job shadowing programs that enable local hospitals to recruit and train staff out of local high schools, as well as our collaboration to launch new offerings at Tohono O’odham Community College. Read the complete interview here: https://www.womengiving.org/featured-grantee-partner-seahec/