SEAHEC Healthy Farms Promotoras on PBS: Providing Health Advocacy to Farm Workers

Healthy Farms CHWs Certify in CPR

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

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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