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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As Winchester Heights families, led by the Winchester Community Action Board, gathered to raise funds for more playground equipment, their children participated in Environmental Health education. While families lined up to buy duros, a puffed wheat snack, Linda Cifuentes, SEAHEC’s Capacity Building Coordinator for Winchester Heights, and Brenda Sanchez, SEAHEC intern, held two Environmental Health Workshops funded by the Environmental Protection Agency on pesticides. The workshop was geared towards children ages 5 to 10 though all youth were invited to participate. They taught 10 participants ages 5 to 18 on what pesticides are, how exposure occurs, symptoms of exposure and prevention. All the participants answered questions and shared their thoughts, passing the assessment given to them at the end. We look forward to the continued participation of the community in community events that will strengthen neighborhood ties and community capacity to advocate for resident’s needs. Continue reading
On Sunday, February 3rd families in Winchester Heights showed up to Winchester Community Center to raise funds for a swing set. Despite the rain, many families came out to buy duros, or puffed wheat, with their choice of sauces and chopped lettuce and carrots. The event, organized by the Winchester Community Action Board, raised over $134.00. Continue reading