Future Health Leaders Summer Programs


SEAHEC offers exciting summer opportunities for students who are members of their high school’s Health Career Club.  Each summer, SEAHEC organizes Future Health Leaders Summer Camps and Summer Health Research Camps. These programs give students hands-on experience in participating in college life and community health projects. These programs help to build self esteem and confidence regarding going on to college and helps alleviate some of the “fear of the unknown” – a major barrier for rural and culturally underrepresented student populations. The Summer Camps also lead to increased knowledge of health professions which can lead the way for more students to make informed choices concerning their professional future.

Learn More about Future Health Leaders:

Alexis Vasquez

Alexis Vasquez has known she wanted to pursue a health career since 5th grade. Now she works as a Family Support Specialist for Child and Family Resources in Tucson, where she provides health education and support to families in the Tucson area. Alexis was a member of SEAHEC’s Future Health Leaders Club (2010-2011) when she attended Rio Rico High School. Later, from July 2014 to May 2015, she served as a health education intern at SEAHEC. In 2015, Alexis graduated with a B.S. in Public Health and a minor in Spanish from the University of Arizona. Continue reading


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AHEC Arizona Future Health Leaders Summer Program 2017
June 11-17, 2017 Northern Arizona University
Application Deadline May 1, 2017
Contact Tashina Machain (tashina@seahec.org) for an application or


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Greta Solinap

Greta Solinap

“I was really inspired by my work in the Philippines with Parkinson’s patients and their families who lived on a rural island. There were so many barriers to access care, showing me how complex delivering effective, culturally-sensitive care is in that context. I was inspired by living in the Philippines for two years and seeing the immense help that doctors can provide to under-resourced communities. ” Continue reading

Dr. Quiñones Hinojosa

Video: Dr. Quiñonez Hinojosa on Mentoring Future Physicians

“All I wanted to do was make it better for the next generation.” Dr. Alfred Quiñones-Hinojosa, who came to the US as a migrant farm worker, and fulfilled his dream of becoming a neurosurgeon/oncologist. Now he mentors youth who would be physicians. Continue reading

2016 AHEC Summer Camp

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

FHL Summer Camp photo

VIDEO: 2016 Tohono O’odham FHL Summer Camp