At this time, SEAHEC is not holding or participating in face to face meetings or gatherings, but we are holding meetings via phone or electronically.
While working remotely, you may contact us at our respective work emails:
Gail Emrick Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzanne David email@example.com
To contact other members of the SEAHEC team, please visit our staff page: https://www.seahec.org/about-us/our_staff/ Continue reading
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.
As the COVID-19 pandemic surged, SEAHEC and partners in Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties worked together to improve community capacity to stem the epidemic. The focus of the effort was threefold:
Provide Spanish translations for health education resources published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC,) The Wold Health Organization (WHO,) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS.) According to SEAHEC Border/Binational Program Coordinator, Brenda Olivia Sanchez, who leads the effort, many of the best, most reliable resources were not available in Spanish, limiting the ability of local community health workers and public health educators to provide outreach to our most vulnerable communities.
Make bilingual health education resources available online via seahec.org and social media to share them with community partners.
Revolutionize community health worker (CHW) training by helping CHWs-promotores de salud transition to virtual modes training and providing community health education on COVID 19. In the past, low computer literacy, lack of access to computers and deficient rural broadband connectivity has hampered the efforts of Arizona’s CHWs to access training and teaching resources and share them with each other and their community. Continue reading
Introducing SEAHEC’s Karen Halverson Scholars, Class of 2020. Congratulations to Jacqueline Larson, Yareli Carolina Sánchez Vega, and Diana Garcia, from Nogales High School, and Ralph Emmanuel B. Rosales from Ajo High School. Continue reading
“It is a great satisfaction to participate in the Ventanilla de Salud program. Providing health resources is one of the pillars of my profession (nursing). I am very grateful to be able to do it in this program in a country different from mine. I loved being able to travel to communities that I did not know, living with people from different cultures and being able to contribute to that important part of life that is health.” Continue reading
The Winchester Heights Community Center hosted a community workshop on lead safety on March 4th, 2020. There were 16 participants at the workshop, who received the results of a recent water quality study conducted by SEAHEC and learned about lead exposure safety. Later, community health workers visited 26 homes providing lead safety information to 104 adults and children. Continue reading
Continuing construction of Trump’s border wall is unethical and irresponsible. It increases risk to our communities by ignoring emergency safety precautions – closure of non-essential businesses and social distancing – adding stress to our already overburdened local health care resources. Continue reading
Last year, NatureSweet, a tomato grower in the Winchester Heights area that employs a large number of Winchester Heights residents, contacted SEAHEC to find out what they could do to help promote the sustainability of the Winchester Heights Community Center. We came to a mutual agreement that NatureSweet would pay the center’s electric bill. Since last June, they have provided over $1,000 for the electric bill, and are committed to continue supporting the center in this manner for the foreseeable future. “SEAHEC and the community of Winchester Heights are grateful for NatureSweet’s support and ongoing interest in the health and well-being of the community. We thank you,” said SEAHEC Executive Director Gail Emrick. Continue reading