SEAHEC Brings EPA Sponsored Environmental Health Education to Winchester Youth

Healthy Farms EPA Training

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

Winchester Heights Community Raises Funds for Swing Set

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

Willcox Rotary Club Donates Oak Trees and Irrigation System to Winchester Community Center

Winchester Heights Playground

On December 1st, 2018 the Winchester Heights community added oak trees to their new playground. Five oak trees and the irrigation system were donated by the Rotary Club. Community residents contributed the other three trees. Community members came together to plan where the trees would be planted and helped with the tree-planting. Continue reading

Community Food Bank Contributes to Winchester Community Center

Thanks to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, SEAHEC has been able to install refrigeration and cabinetry in the Winchester Community Center. Completed in November, 2018, the additional infrastructure will not only increase availability of fresh food and nutrition information in the community. It will also bolster the overall sustainability of the Center. One of SEAHEC’s chief goals in helping the residents of Winchester Heights to build a community center was to create public health supporting infrastructure in this isolated community. One outcome is improved service delivery access points for our community partners. Another outcome is improved organizational capacity that will enable residents to collaborate on projects to increase overall health and well-being in this community. “On both counts, the generous support of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has led to resounding success, ” said SEAHEC Executive Director, Gail Emrick.      While the addition of refrigeration, cabinets and counter tops will enable the Food Bank to deliver fresh food and implement programming to improve health and nutrition, the new infrastructure will also provide increased organizational support to this emerging community assistance organization. Part of the community’s sustainability plan for the Center includes charging a user fee… Continue reading