Special Report: Winchester Community Center a “Game Changer”

Healthy Farms Community Garden

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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SEAHEC Recognized for Inspiring Rural Health Program

Healthy Farms CHWs Certify in CPR

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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Planting Begins at Community Garden in Burris Children’s Memorial Park

Healthy Farms Community Garden

  On Saturday April 27th, Winchester Heights residents gathered at the Burris Children’s Memorial Park to plant agave, corn, tomatoes, lettuce and other vegetables. They planted seedlings in pots, beginning the community’s plans to start a community garden. The agave plants were donated by Jane Williamson-Davenport, FNP-C, who works in the Chiricahua Mobile Clinic, providing health care services to the community. The initiative to start a community garden in Winchester Heights is funded by a Community Food Bank Punch Woods Endowment Grant.       Chiricahua Mobile Clinic Extends Hours at the Winchester Community Center Saturday also marked the start of Chiricahua Mobile Clinic services on the fourth Saturday of each month in addition to their hours every Wednesday. They provided tacos, refreshments and desserts for the community. Refreshments were accompanied by music thanks to the local DJ, Efrain. Continue reading