SEAHEC Staff bid a fond farewell to Program Assistant Aissa Acuña in December, 2016. After working at SEAHEC part time for three years, Ms. Acuña has accepted the Program Director position at Boys and Girls Club, where she has worked part time for several years. Ms. Acuña says her time at SEAHEC has been one of professional growth.
In December, the Legacy Foundation awarded SEAHEC funding to support construction of a public meeting space and recreation area in Winchester Heights, a farm worker community of roughly 700, 14 miles north of Willcox Arizona.
"All I wanted to do was make it better for the next generation." Dr. Alfred Quiñones-Hinojosa, who came to the US as a migrant farm worker, and fulfilled his dream of becoming a neurosurgeon/oncologist. Now he mentors youth who would be physicians.
One of the things SEAHEC Executive Director, Gail Emrick, is excited about is our new initiative that will bridge the path from high school to college for Tohono O'odham Nation students. With support from the Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona, SEAHEC has been working with Tohono O'odham Community College and the Tohono O’odham Department of Health and Human Services to develop an Introduction to Public Health Program at the Tohono O'odham Community College. Recently, Ms. Emrick was invited to participate in The Women's Foundation's interview series, "Transformational Grantmaking." The series highlights "Featured Grantee Partners," to illustrate how investing in non-profit organizations fosters initiatives that transform women's lives. The Women's Foundation has supported SEAHEC programming since 2013, enabling us to expand programming and build program evaluation capacity.