SEAHEC Receives NAO “Excellence for Community Programs” Award

SEAHEC Healthy Farms CHWs bring asthma, lead education to their community

The National AHEC Organization (NAO) Center of Excellence for Community Programs has awarded the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center’s Healthy Farms program for our work with the Winchester Heights community in northern Cochise County. NAO recognized SEAHEC for our unique model of community development that incorporates training for health professions students into a community health worker driven model for improving rural health and safety in marginalized communities. The Healthy Farms program hosts students and helps them conduct health related community service projects which provide much needed expertise to community health workers and their neighbors who are trying to solve persistent public health issues, often with no funding or infrastructure. Continue reading

SEAHEC Recognized for Inspiring Rural Health Program

Healthy Farms CHWs Certify in CPR

On Thursday Aug 1, 2019 the Arizona Rural Health Association recognized SEAHEC’s Healthy Farms Program for our work with the Winchester Heights community. SEAHEC Executive Director Gail Emrick accepted the award at the Arizona Rural Health Conference in Flagstaff.

SEAHEC has developed a community health worker driven development model that can be adapted by other rural border communities. Public health outcomes are closely linked to infrastructure.  People who live in substandard housing with old plumbing are likely to face health risks, such as contaminated drinking water, or life threatening fires. If communities have no space for assembly, or a mechanism for managing resources, the likelihood of developing public health supporting infrastructure is slim. By helping people establish key infrastructure that fosters civic engagement, communities can gain the  momentum they need overcome long standing barriers to health and safety. 

Continue reading

SEAHEC wins Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award

SEAHEC Executive Director Gail Emrick

On September 6th 2018, the Arizona Community Foundation Names SEAHEC Nonprofit of the Year and awards $3,555 grant through the Cochise fund.
“We are so grateful for this recognition. The work we do helps farmworkers and their children, one of the most vulnerable populations in the county. The funds from the ACF, Legacy and others, has supported our work to help Winchester Heights community members create a true sense of community. Now children have a safe place to play and residents have a dignified place to meet. The new community center will enable them to organize and plan activities and educational events. How exciting! Thank you so much!” -Gail Emrick, SEAHEC Executive Director Continue reading

SEAHEC’s Suzanne David: “A Pioneer” in Building Rural Emergency Response Capacity”

Suzanne David

On January 27th, southeast Arizona’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community presented SEAHEC’s Assistant Director Suzanne David with the EMS on the Border Lifetime Achievement Award at SEAHEC’s 25th Annual EMS on the Border Conference. The award was presented in honor of her 25 years of exemplary service and leadership in helping emergency medical services (EMS) personnel build their capacity to respond to community needs using the latest information and technical knowledge. Continue reading