Border Health


Health issues transcend geographic boundaries. Dealing with disease and promoting healthy living in the border region requires line-crossing partnerships. SEAHEC works to enhance the well-being of people living in Southeastern Arizona’s US-Mexico border region by collaborating with communities to enhance prevention and care. We do this through Border Binational Health Initiatives and cross-border networking. 

The Arizona Border Communities Health Network

SEAHEC collaborates with partners on both sides of the Arizona/Mexico border to improve access to health care and health information. 

The Binational Council of Ambos Nogales

Our Border/Binational program hosts the The Arizona Border Communities Health Network/Binational Health Council of Ambos Nogales. 




2014 FRONTERA Border Tour

FRONTERA students were once again in Nogales this spring to explore health professions opportunities in Southeastern Arizona. This year the group included two SEAHEC Future Healthcare Leaders Alumni, Kimberly Escarcega, and Raymond Larez, of Douglas. They were among 10 members from the University of Arizona health professions student organization, Focusing Research on the Border Area, one of several student groups that SEAHEC hosts annually, to provide hands on experience in rural health care. The group was accompanied by Alejandra Zapien Hidalgo, Student Recruitment/Retention Specialist for the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, University of Arizona College of Medicine. Continue reading

Binational Recognition for SEAHEC Executive Director

SEAHEC Executive Director Gail Emrick MPH with Dr. José J.Bernardo Campillo García Secretario de Salud Publica de Sonora;and Jennie Becenti, MPH Executive Director, Tohono O’odham Department of Health and Human Services.   Sonoran Governor Guillermo Padrés Elías recognized SEAHEC’s leadership in improving health care in Arizona’s border communities last week by awarding SEAHEC’s Director Gail E. Emrick the “Border Health Employee of the Year Recognition,” at the 4th annual meeting of the Binational Health Councils of Arizona and Sonora on October 24th. Presented by Sonoran Secretary of Health Dr. José Jesus Bernardo Campillo García, the award commended SEAHEC Executive Director Ms. Emrick for her work in spearheading the Arizona Border Communities Health Network among other initiatives on which she has collaborated. Continue reading

SEAHEC at Arizona’s 40th Rural Health Conference

Gail and Colleagues

Gail Emrick, SEAHEC Executive Director and AHEC colleagues address Arizona Rural Health Conference, August 20.
L-R Ines Pampara, WAHEC Director, Gail Emrick, SEAHEC Executive Director, Patti Taylor, GVHEC Director and Sean Clendaniel, NAHEC Center Director.
Photo: Htay Hla

Prescott- August 20, 2013 – The SEAHEC Board and Executive Director traveled to Prescott, AZ this August to take advantage of the beautiful weather and lovely setting of our former territorial capital (Prescott) and to hold our quarterly board meeting prior to our participation in the Arizona Rural Health Conference. Gail, with the other AzAHEC Center Directors, participated in a panel presentation on Inter-professional Education. Gail highlighted two recent projects which SEAHEC hosted and co-implemented in Santa Cruz County.

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