Veterans’ Mental Health Project

suzannevet256sept12August 29, 2012 SEAHEC along with training partners the Arizona Coalition for Military Families, the VA, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, the Arizona National Guard and the Arizona Governor’s Council on Spinal and Head Injuries conducted a training as part of the nationwide AHEC “Veterans’ Mental Health Project” in partnership with the National AHEC Organization,  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration and the Department of Defense-funded Citizen Soldier Support Program.

The topics covered were Military/Veteran Culture, Traumatic Brain Injury & Post Traumatic Stress, Combat & Operational Stress First Aid, “Boots on the Ground,”  and Navigating Military/Veterans Systems of Care. 

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2012 Border Health Service Learning Institute

Ambos Nogales – From August 9th -13th, SEAHEC hosted the Border Health Service Learning Institute in Nogales, Arizona/Sonora in partnership with the University Of Arizona College Of Public Health.  The week-long course, which rotates annually between Douglas Arizona/Agua Prieta, Sonora, Nogales, Arizona/Nogales, Sonora, and San Luis, Arizona/San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, is designed to engage students in community-based collaboration that spans the U.S.–Mexico border.  Students provide service to the host community while learning about factors influencing public health in a binational environment.bhsli3


This year, eight students participated in cross-border activities, which included shadowing Mariposa CHC community health workers, and touring Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona.  SEAHEC organized panels that gave students a chance to learn firsthand from community members what it is like growing up on both sides of the border, how border communities collaborate to address health local health needs that require international cooperation, and how health care services are impacted by the local economy.

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Native American Future Healthcare Leaders Summer Camp Experience

“Take Charge of Your Education” 2012 SEAHEC’s Native American Program Coordinator, Brenda Redhouse, and SEAHEC’s Student Intern, Stephine Baloo, collaborated with the Pascua Yaqui Health Department and Pascua Yaqui Education Department to organize and carry out a Summer Camp for Pascua Yaqui high school students.  “Take Charge of Your Education,” was the theme for the Summer Camp and took place in July 2012. A total of 17 students attended the four day summer camp/workshop which featured topics such as: Self Identity, Student Success 101, Yaqui history, Traditional Yaqui law, CPR/First Aid training, HIPAA training, Pascua Yaqui Health Service Division program presentations, and a University of Arizona tour of the Health Science Department. Overall, the students were happy with the experience and simultaneously gained more insight and information, as wells as acquiring new skills to pursue a health profession and methods to continue their educational pursuits. Continue reading