25th Annual EMS on the Border Conference
January 27, 2017
Desert Diamond Casino Conference Center
Pima Mine Rd. I-19 Exit 80
Audience: EMT’s, CEP’s, RN’s, RT’s
REGISTRATION: $45.00/$50>00 after Jan. 20 (No refunds after Jan 20th.)
Includes class materials, breakfast, lunch and breaks.
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 of Southern Arizona’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 since 2013, enabling us to expand programming and build program evaluation capacity.
SEAHEC FHL students from Bisbee, Douglas and Nogales high schools are participating in cutting-edge health research and community education with the University of Arizona’s Skin Cancer Institute this year. This project is funded by the Arizona AHEC program office and is called Students are Sun Safe (SASS.) The project will expose students to concepts of scientific inquiry and provide training in sun safety as well as opportunities to organize and implement a large scale community health education campaign. SASS trained students will be involved in evaluating the impact of the peer-led sun safety program on rural adolescents in Arizona.
Residents of Winchester Heights, 14 miles north of Willcox, Arizona, will finally have a community center, thanks to SEAHEC and the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona. In December, the 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 inhabitants.
“We are very excited about the possibility of working hand in hand with Winchester Height’s community members and local partners to address population health through improving public infrastructure,” said Gail Emrick, SEAHEC Executive Director.
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.
“I was really inspired by my work in the Philippines with Parkinson’s patients and their families who lived on a rural island. There were so many barriers to access care, showing me how complex delivering effective, culturally-sensitive care is in that context. I was inspired by living in the Philippines for two years and seeing the immense help that doctors can provide to under-resourced communities. “