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“Growing our own” health professionals, and sustaining them, is what SEAHEC is all about. We love to hear success stories from our alumni, and share them with our readers. What has inspired you? Write us with your success stories. Share your photos and your triumphs. Here are a few from your colleagues.


Bernadette Hernandez

Bernadette Hernandez

I am currently living my dream of providing health services to my hometown of Nogales, AZ. Nogales is a hybrid society split by the Mexican-American border. On the Mexican side you have a mid-size metropolitan city with the hustle and bustle of international commerce; rich in culture from those who have become stranded trying to make their way into the United States of America. On the American side, it is a close knit community where we all know each other and are anxious to help each other succeed.

In my current position as the School-Linked health Care Coordinator I get to assist my community by providing children K-12 with vital health information to prevent that which we see most in our community: diabetes, asthma, and obesity. I have a solid understanding of school, health services needs and assets in our rural, U.S. Mexico border improving adolescent wellness services through collaboration, education and advocacy.

“Because I live in a border town I had the chance to experience two cultures at the same time.  I learned that my community was in need of education and promotion of healthy lifestyles, which are one of the main focuses in public health.”

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

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