Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center


Spring 2018

SEAHEC's "Fight the Bite!" Work Cited in New ADHS Report


The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has released a report on local contributions to the Arizona State "Fight the Bite!" Campaign. SEAHEC, a key partner, oversaw data collection throughout the 2016-17 school year that will help guide the State's efforts to restrict the spread of mosquito borne illness. The report notes that while 70% of residents surveyed in the Nogales, Rio Rico area are aware of the problem, only a little over half consider themselves at risk, indicating there is work to do in spreading the word about prevention of mosquito borne illness.

Breaking Ground: Winchester Heights Community Center

Winchester Heights community members, Construction Project Manager, SEAHEC Director & visiting students

On January 18, SEAHEC, Winchester Heights community members and partners, held a groundbreaking for the new community center, scheduled for construction this year. The community center will serve as a hub for local education, health-related activities and community development. With a history of health education and health professions student placement in the Winchester Heights community, “SEAHEC and residents have dreamed of the day that residents would have a place to meet and a safe place for children to play. With the groundbreaking, this dream is now becoming a reality”, said Gail Emrick, Executive Director of SEAHEC.

Sacrifice Who I am Today for Who I Can Become Tomorrow

Diego Garcia, SEAHEC guest blogger at University of Notre Dame
By Diego Garcia SEAHEC, guest blogger, University of Notre Dame

I left my home today. This time around was much more difficult to leave my family, friends, and girlfriend. I’m not sure if leaving the first time did not weigh on me as much since I was excited to begin a new chapter, or if this time after being gone for so long I realized just how much I had missed home and the small things like my bed, my mom’s home-cooked meals, and the delightful weather.

Other Posts by Diego:

Work-study: A Great Way to Pay off Student Loans

How Not to Study for Exams

College is What You Make of It

SEAHEC Travels Coast to Coast for Border Health

Gail Emrick in Los Angeles with US Pacific and Southwest Regional Health Equity Council Colleagues
In October, SEAHEC Director Gail Emrick & Student Training Opportunities Program Coordinator Erin Sol traveled coast to coast to share SEAHEC’s successes in border health workforce development. They first traveled to New York City to the Arnold Institute for Global Health , at the invitation of Mt. Sinai University’s Ichan School of Medicine. where they gave a presentation on border health issues. The presentation provided an overview of how SEAHEC works to improve access to healthcare in rural border communities through health workforce programming. For nearly a decade, students from Mt. Sinai have been coming to Nogales every spring to work with SEAHEC on border health issues.

Our mission is to improve the recruitment, placement and retention of culturally competent health professionals in rural and under-served communities of southeast Arizona.