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Congratulations Rocio Gastelum

Rocio Gastelum: Photo courtesy of Mariposa Community Health Center

Rocio is the winner of SEAHEC’s 2016 Karen Halverson Scholarship Award. We are so proud of you, Rocio!

Rocio is a member of the Nogales High School Future Health Leaders Club. She plans to study Physiology at the University of Arizona. Congratulations, Rocio!

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2016 Summer Camps A Success

One of SEAHEC’s most inspiring youth activities are the annual week-long Future Health Leaders Summer Camps. We organize two camps, one sponsored by the Tohono O’odham Nation, and the other sponsored by the Arizona Area Health Education Center.

Summer Camps are packed with exciting opportunities to explore health careers, develop friendships and leadership skills, prepare for college, and learn about the latest advances in the healthcare industry. Our 2016 AHEC FHL Summer Camp ran from June 12-18, and the Tohono O’odham Summer Camp ran from June 20-26. Read More.


Tohono O’odham Summer Camp

The Tohono O’odham Future Health Leaders Summer Camp provides an exploration of health careers in the context of Tohono O’odham cultural heritage. This year’s Camp took the students from the Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) Campus to the University of Arizona Medical College, and back again. The students explored a number of topics related to practicing as a health professional in the Tohono O’odham Community.

On the first day, the students received an orientation to camp, and moved into the TOCC dorms where they would be based during Camp week. On Tuesday, They learned about “Healthy Living” by examining aspects of our food system, which included a trip to the local Garden Kitchen. They finished off the day with traditional games. Read More

AHEC FHL Summer Camp

Tuesday the students participated in a panel on life in medical school, and a trip to the ASTEC lab, and tours of the UA hospital, and the colleges of Pharmacy, Medicine and Nursing.  On Wednesday, the students visited the Tucson Desert Museum and participated in learning sessions on Behavioral Health and the role of animals in therapy. Thursday, students volunteered at the local food bank, and spent the afternoon exploring topics in Public Health, and building leadership skills. On Friday, the MEDSTART students gave a presentation, after which the students learned about financial aid and the offerings of the UA Campus. On the final day, the students presented a public service announcement, which they had developed earlier in the week, to campus staff and parents. Read More. 

* AHEC is an acronym for Area Health Education Centers – Arizona has five AHEC regions. SEAHEC is the Southeast Arizona AHEC.

FRONTERA Helps us Fight the Bite

 Students from Focusing Research on the Border Area (FRONTERA) came to SEAHEC on Thursday, July 7th, to help with the  “Fight the Bite” Campaign, an Arizona Department of Health effort to prevent mosquito borne illness.  The students were given an overview of border health issues by SEAHEC Executive Director, Gail Emrick, who welcomed the students to Nogales at SEAHEC, their first stop on the day-long tour. The students also participated in a discussion on epidemiology before heading out to canvas the neighborhoods of Ambos Nogales. Read More

AzCHOW Celebrates Workforce Diversity

The Arizona Community Health Workers Association (AzCHOW)  held their 13th annual training conference  in Tucson on June, 16-17 2016, and it was a resounding success. Held at the Tucson University Marriott Park Hotel, the two day conference drew more than  240 community health workers, supervisors and supporters. The theme of the conference was “Celebrating the Diversity of the CHW Workforce.”  The conference featured a variety of topics, chief among them were a panel on CHW workforce diversity, and a workshop on CHW Supervisor communication skills. Read More.