(May 10, 2017) SEAHEC Intern, Jenni Adams, brought home a ribbon last week for her presentation on SEAHEC’s work with Sonoran promotoras (community health workers) from Molino de Camou, Sonora, México, a small community located on the Rio Sonora northeast of Hermosillo. The community health workers were recruited and trained to help their community address health risks associated with contamination due to a 2014 spill at the Grupo Mexico Cananea Buena Vista mine which released “millions of gallons of sulfuric acid leach solution,” into the local environment, according to Willcox Range News.
Ms. Adams is a medical student, currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health at A. T. Still University, one of SEAHEC’s key partners in providing training opportunities for health professions students. Jenni presented hers and other interns work with SEAHEC on a community based research project.
“Jenni was able to utilize data analyzed by our former interns, documenting health effects of the spill,” said SEAHEC Executive Director, Gail Emrick.
Ms. Adams worked with SEAHEC, Colegio de Sonora and University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (UA MEZCOPH) faculty to design a training curriculum on the health effects of exposure to heavy metals and other contaminants, the signs and symptoms of exposure and how to refer community members to the appropriate health care providers. Ms. Adams presented at “Innovations in Community Health,” the Second Annual Research Fair hosted by El Rio Community Health Center, located in Tucson.
The work was published in a paper entitled “Development and Presentation of Environmental Health Promotion Educational Model in Molino de Camou,” which was co authored by Ms. Adams and Ms. Emrick, along with several colleagues and institutions from both sides of the border.