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
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
In Winchester Heights, SEAHEC’s trained Promotores de Salud, or Community Health Workers (CHWs), set out in January 2020 to teach community members about the risks and causes associated with asthma as well as strategies for prevention. The lesson was created for the particular context of Winchester Heights and its dominant Mexican-American culture and is part of SEAHEC’s “Agua Limpia” project, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Justice grant program. Continue reading
The community center at Winchester Heights has hosted an exceptional amount of community activity since its inauguration in August, 2018. Residents have built a soccer league, held health and school events conducted fundraising and training events, but now people are ready to take a major step toward independence. Recently, PBS News Hour covered the Healthy Farms team’s activities in Winchester Heights. Continue reading