SEAHEC has a variety of programs that support our mission and improve health and well being in the most vulnerable populations and communities.
Migrant Care Coordination: In June, 2021, SEAHEC and its partner Casa Alitas Shelter, in Tucson, received a CDC Foundation grant to support COVID education for migrant communities. Through this grant, SEAHEC is training Community Health Workers at Alitas to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate education and support to migrants and their sponsor families, addressing vaccine hesitancy and connecting migrants to a health center or health department in their destination community where a “health care home” can be established. SEAHEC is working with a network of other AHEC centers around the U.S. in top destination communities for migrants, in order to provide health care continuity, among other services. It is our hope that legal and behavioral health service providers and agencies will join us in this effort to support migrant families throughout their journey.
COVID education and outreach through building local community health worker (CHW) workforce:
In July, 2021, SEAHEC was awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the US Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration. SEAHEC will partner with five organizations including: The Arizona Community Health Worker Association – AzCHOW, a statewide CHW association; two federally qualified health centers – Canyonlands Healthcare and Mariposa Community Health Center; Catholic Community Services/Casa Alitas – a social services agency and Pinal Hispanic Counsel, a behavioral health agency. SEAHEC, and three of its five partners will hire, train, supervise and evaluate a total of 12 CHWs who will be deployed to promote covid-19 vaccination among the most vulnerable groups in the six-county region.
These include: Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz counties in Southeastern and Central Arizona.; counties were selected due to their high social vulnerability per the CDC Social Vulnerability Index (SVI). Strategies of Proyecto Juntos will include:
Outreach to identify unvaccinated individuals;
Share information about how and where to get vaccinated;
Education to decrease vaccine hesitancy; and
Help plan, promote and staff vaccine events.
SEAGO COVID education and outreach to elders in Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz counties:
S.O.S.A. Santa Cruz county Consortium on Opioid prevention, referral and treatment:
Santa Cruz County Opioid Action Initiative Consortium aka SOSA Consortium- Substance Misuse/Opioid Misuse Prevention, Referral and Treatment:
Funded by HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Implementation (RCORP-I) Mariposa Community Health Center lead agency with many partnering agencies doing: prevention, treatment, health workforce training related to behavioral health and SUD/OUD.
The purpose of this grant is to collaborate across community sectors to increase availability of and access to culturally and linguistically appropriate services to prevent, treat and recover from substance use disorder (SUD) and especially opioid use disorder (OUD).
SEAHEC conducted assessment of health care provider SUD-OUD training needs, researched best practices in behavioral health integration with primary care and is providing continuing medical education for multiple levels of medical providers and other professionals, training providers on alternative pain management modalities to reduce the use of prescription opioids. SEAHEC is working with Santa Cruz County Provisional College District and University of Arizona Santa Cruz to offer coursework needed by students pursuing health careers, social work, and counseling.