Community Health Initiatives

Healthy Farms CHWs Certify in CPR

SEAHEC Recognized for Inspiring Rural Health Program

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. 
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Winchester Heights Inauguration

Special Report: Winchester Community Center a "Game Changer"

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.
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Future Health Leaders

2019 Karen Halverson Scholars

Meet SEAHEC's 2019 Karen Halverson Scholars

Congratulations to SEAHEC’s 2019 Karen Halverson Scholars:
Daliana Esquivel, Nogales High School, Destiny Alvarez, Ajo High School, Luis Antonio de la Torre, Ajo High School, and Yazmin Almazan, Pueblo High School.

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SEAHEC, Tohono O'odham Partners Launch Future Health Leaders Summer Institute

2019 FHL Institute
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.
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Student Training Opportunities


BLAISER Students Explore Immigration & Border Health Issues

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.
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2019 frontera tour

Who Better Than Us?

By Jacqueline Larson and Katie Kanter
SEAHEC Students Learn About Challenges to Serving in Arizona’s Rural Communities
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Migration Inter-professional Leading to Action and Growth (MILAGRO) Pilot

SEAHEC and Partners Pilot Inter-professional Migrant Health Service Learning Experience

SEAHEC and the University of Arizona have come together once again to provide a hands-on community learning experience for health professions students. On Saturday August 17th students and faculty met in Tucson to wrap up the seven-week pilot course, Migration Inter-professional Leading to Action and Growth (MILAGRO.) The meeting featured student project presentations and a final reflection on what they had learned. 
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2019 Mt. Sinai Tour

SEAHEC Acknowledged in Annals of Global Health

The recent publication, entitled "Impact of a Short-Term Domestic Service-Learning Program on Medical Student Education," is an examination of journals students used to document their learning experiences during the annual spring trip to Nogales. According to the study, the role of short-term, domestic community learning experiences can be an important component of a student's medical education, since it lowers financial and logistical barriers to acquiring first-hand community service experience that can impact students' perspectives, cultural competence and career choices.
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The Twitch of Nogales: How a Phobia Taught Me Empathy

2019 Mt. Sinai Watman
By Deborah Watman, MPH Student in the Biostatistics Track, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Reposted from The Scoop: Spring 2019-Issue 12
"That is what has erected the walls, the long lines at border control – fear is what perpetuates this cycle of nightmares. If you are afraid, you create walls that functionally displace your own fear and transport it to those who are desperate to leave their own countries, and are now terrified."
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Continuing Education

2019 Spring Echo Training

SEAHEC and Arizona Telemedicine Program Launch Southern Arizona Telehealth Alliance

Advances in technology have the potential to help rural communities overcome barriers to health care access and delivery, but is southern Arizona poised to take advantage of new developments? Beth Robinson, SEAHEC's new Continuing Education Coordinator is working to help make that happen.
Building on the successful model of the University of Arizona’s Northern Arizona Telehealth Alliance (NATA) SEAHEC and the University of Arizona’s Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) will work closely together to create an alliance of organizations located in or serving southern Arizona that currently have or wish to start a telehealth program.
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Alumni Profiles

Rocio Gastelum, of Nogales High School Future Health Leaders Club.

Rocio Gastelum: SEAHEC Alumnus

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. 
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Katherine Kanter SEAHEC Intern 2019

Katherine Kanter
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 co-authored “Who Better Than Us?” as guest blogger covering the 2019 FRONTERA tour with SEAHEC. 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.
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