SEAHEC’s Healthy Farms CHWs Earn CPR Certification

SEAHEC’s Healthy Farms community health worker (CHW) team earned their CPR certification in September, 2018. The  CHWs or promotores took the full CPR training with practice on dummies. They all passed the exam at the end of the course and received their certification. “It was a successful training!” reported SEAHEC Community Capacity Building Coordinator, Linda Cifuentes. She and Lauren Acosta NP, a Northern Arizona University faculty member, organized the training. Team members who took the training included Josefina Salazar, Yazaida Esquilin, Vanessa Valenzuela Castillo, Jesus Garcia, and Aida Dominguez. The training was conducted in Spanish by Jeffrey Osterhoudt, of Delta4 Medical. Mr. Osterhoudt is certified by the American Heart Association to teach CPR, and is a former Special Forces Medic. “Winchester Heights has the beginnings of pool of healthcare providers to help provide medical treatment in the 20 minutes or so it’ll take to respond by ambulance,” Mr. Osterhoudt commented on his Facebook Page.   Continue reading

SEAHEC wins Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award

SEAHEC Executive Director Gail Emrick

On September 6th 2018, the Arizona Community Foundation Names SEAHEC Nonprofit of the Year and awards $3,555 grant through the Cochise fund.
“We are so grateful for this recognition. The work we do helps farmworkers and their children, one of the most vulnerable populations in the county. The funds from the ACF, Legacy and others, has supported our work to help Winchester Heights community members create a true sense of community. Now children have a safe place to play and residents have a dignified place to meet. The new community center will enable them to organize and plan activities and educational events. How exciting! Thank you so much!” -Gail Emrick, SEAHEC Executive Director Continue reading

SEAHEC and Friends Celebrate Inauguration of New Community Center

Winchester Heights Playground

When she was five years old, Vanessa Valenzuela Castillo, a Willcox High School junior, stood by helplessly while her neighbors’ house burned down, killing two family members. This tragedy inspired her to join SEAHEC’s Healthy Farms community health worker team in Winchester Heights. The youngest member of the team, Vanessa dreams of a time when she and her neighbors will be equipped to prevent similar tragedies through increased knowledge and resources sufficient to prevent and respond to emergencies. On Saturday, August 18th, SEAHEC, partners and Winchester Heights residents celebrated the inauguration of the new Winchester Heights Community Center and the I “Heart” Children Burris Memorial Park. The community center will be a hub for recruitment and training of residents to address long-standing health and safety issues caused by lack of public infrastructure. It is part of a landmark public health initiative to model a rural development strategy with community health workers at its heart. SEAHEC has worked with the Winchester Heights community since 2008, when SEAHEC public health intern, Christy Trimmer Boland, M.P.H, published research that revealed egregious health disparities faced by farmworkers in the US. Winchester Heights is a community of approximately 600 people, the majority of whom are… Continue reading