SEAHEC and Friends Celebrate Inauguration of New Community Center

Winchester Heights Playground

On Saturday, August 18th, SEAHEC, partners and Winchester Heights residents celebrated the inauguration of the new Winchester Heights Community Center and the I “Heart” Children Burris Memorial Park. The community center will be a hub for recruitment and training of residents to address long-standing health and safety issues caused by lack of public infrastructure. It is part of a landmark public health initiative to model a rural development strategy with community health workers at its heart. Continue reading

FHL Club Expansion Provides Opportunities for Youth

Ajo Students

SEAHEC’s Future Health Leaders Program expansions are providing new opportunities for Pima County students. Recently, SEAHEC signed an agreement with  Ajo High School, in Ajo, Arizona, a rural community southwest of Tucson, to operate a high school based health career club there.  During the year a total of 17 Ajo high school students were recruited as FHL members and the youth participating in the health career club received health career preparation activities including guest speakers, participation in health-related community projects, and touring of academic institutions to motivate them in their pursuit of future health careers, and assistance in the preparation of college applications and financial assistance. A summary of these activities includes: Recruitment and training of a High School staff member and a local community health center staff member to be on-site health career club facilitators. On November 1st, 16 students took their CPR and First Aid class with local fire fighters from Ajo Fire Department. On December 6th the Ajo FHL club had a Medical Technician as guest speaker During FALL semester, the 17 Ajo FHL student club members conducted a community food drive enabling them to provide food for meals for needy families for Thanksgiving. On January, 2018,… Continue reading

FHL Summer Camp at ASU Rated “Awesome Experience”

“The Future Health Leaders summer program at ASU is an experience no one can ever forget. Some of the things we looked at were the simulation lab, public health presentation with many other informative presentations, the nutrition presentation, dissection lab, and microbiology lab. The amazing activities included: AMC movies, main event, game night, D-backs game, and the pool. In my opinion every presentation (as well as activities) was a unique way to inform the future health leaders [about] different carriers in the health department.”
-Juliette Garcia ( Nogales High School FHL student 2017-2018) Continue reading