RESEARCH: Opportunities to participate, students and faculty – join us!

Through its unique location at the US Mexico border, its partnerships with health agencies including hospitals and rural community health centers, and its vast history of collaboration with a variety of academic institutions, SEAHEC provides endless opportunities to engage in meaningful community based participatory research.

Binational Health Research Collaborative & its Info – for – Action binational health research conference that highlights innovative work of up and coming researchers, students and faculty being done in the US Mexico border region to address issues of: vulnerable populations; maternal, child and adolescent health; environmental health among other topics.  It represents a grassroots initiative of many border-serving community-based and academic institutions including: The Arizona Prevention Research Center of the University of Arizona (UA): Agnes Haury Program in Environment & Social Justice (UA); Northern Arizona University Center for Health Equity, Arizona State University School of Transborder Studies, SEAHEC, El Colegio de Sonora, Universidad de Sonora, Universidad del Valle de Mexico, Arizona Department of Health Services Office of  Border Health, Centro de Investigaciones en Alimentacion Y Desarollo, UA College of Medicine, Red Tematica Binacional en Salud Fronteriza and the Colegio de Frontera Norte.  Please join in!

Service Learning Opportunities include Border Binational Health, Migrant Health and Advocacy and Farmworker Health.  SEAHEC works with academic institutions to meet learning objectives for health professions and other areas of study while at the same time partners directly with other community health and social service agencies to assure that learning objectives align with and support community health needs and concerns.  Students engage in meaningful learning, advocacy and transformative action.

BISLE: Binational Interprofessional Service Learning Experience: Includes training students to provide care as part of an integrated team where they have the skills to work together, not just alongside others.  It also includes training students to look at community or population health issues in a collaborative fashion. Objectives of the course included: increase understanding and gain skills in binational and interprofessional collaboration; increase awareness of unique strengths and challenges in addressing health and wellness; and gain skills in collaborating within a framework of community engagement within the context of the US Mexico border region.

MILAGRO – Migration Leading to Action & Growth: In the Fall of 2018, we witnessed an increase in people seeking asylum at the United States- México border, with an increase in need for humanitarian response and relief to assist asylum seekers. Our southern Arizona border was not exempt from this. From this needed response a collaboration between faculty and staff from the University of Arizona Health Sciences (Public Health, Pharmacy, Nursing and Medicine), Arizona State University School of Social Work, Casa Alitas Migrant Shelter and SEAHEC formed with the goal of providing students an opportunity to participate in action oriented interdisciplinary service-learning. The MILAGRO course gives students first hand experiences of what this humanitarian crisis looked like as well as exposes them to root causes of migration, im/migration policies, the specific health needs of this population and the opportunity to participate in collaborative response to address migrant humanitarian needs in Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico.