On Thursday Aug 1, 2019 the Arizona Rural Health Association recognized SEAHEC’s Healthy Farms Program for our work with the Winchester Heights community. SEAHEC Executive Director Gail Emrick accepted the award at the Arizona Rural Health Conference in Flagstaff.
SEAHEC has developed a community health worker driven development model that can be adapted by other rural border communities. Public health outcomes are closely linked to infrastructure. People who live in substandard housing with old plumbing are likely to face health risks, such as contaminated drinking water, or life threatening fires. If communities have no space for assembly, or a mechanism for managing resources, the likelihood of developing public health supporting infrastructure is slim. By helping people establish key infrastructure that fosters civic engagement, communities can gain the momentum they need overcome long standing barriers to health and safety.
Since the Winchester Community Center was inaugurated last summer, the community’s transformation has been remarkable. A fenced playground, a soccer field, a sturdy, bright blue building in the center of the neighborhood, have become a magnet and generator of social activity.
Once known for its lack of infrastructure and services, Winchester Heights now hosts a wide variety of activities at the new community center.
I was honored to be invited to intern with SEAHEC because of my interest in boarder health and immigration policy. I helped out with communications through creating letters, a brochure, photographs and this article. The time that Gail offered me, as a mentor, has inspired me to examine how my career path could help solve the challenges facing our communities. I am so thankful to have had hands-on experiences with leaders addressing these issues and staff dedicated to the mission of SEAHEC. Continue reading
Daliana Esquivel, Nogales High School FHL Secretary 2018-2019 Daliana has participated in the FHL club since her sophomore year.(2016 – 2019) Being an active member of the Nogales High School Future Health Leaders Club (FHL) helped me develop myself professionally in the health care field. It provided me with a plethora of detailed information about various careers which gave me an idea of what career choice would be best fitting for myself. Additionally, being part of this club gave me opportunities like serving my community and being part of the Grand Canyon University (GCU) tour which gave me hands on experience in different careers. Lastly and most importantly, being part of this club gave me the honor to have met an incredible team of individuals who personally guided me and always gave me their support for my future endeavors. Destiny Alvarez, Ajo High School FHL Vice President, 2019 I’ve been a part of FHL for three years. During senior year I held the position of vice president. The FHL helped me figure out what specialty I’d like to focus on in the medical field. Along with finding my specialty, I also decided on the university I’d like to study… Continue reading
After three years of planning and collaboration, SEAHEC and partners launched the first academic credit-bearing Future Health Leaders Summer Institute (FHLI) at Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) in June, 2019. Continue reading
2017 SEAHEC Scholar, Rocio Gastelum, returned to SEAHEC this summer for a Border Service Learning tour. She came to participate in a the two-day BLAISER tour in June. As a Future Health Leader, Ms. Gastelum helped to educate her classmates about Dengue and Zika prevention as a member of SEAHEC’s Citizen Science Project. Continue reading
On June 20th and 21st, SEAHEC hosted 21 students from the University of Arizona Border Latino and American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER) Program. The students provided community health education and explored the impact of recent immigration policy on the lives of Arizona students. Continue reading