In Winchester Heights, SEAHEC’s trained Promotores de Salud, or Community Health Workers (CHWs), set out in January 2020 to teach community members about the risks and causes associated with asthma as well as strategies for prevention. The lesson was created for the particular context of Winchester Heights and its dominant Mexican-American culture and is part of SEAHEC’s “Agua Limpia” project, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Justice grant program. The program includes environmental health education and community capacity building components. The asthma education includes information and collaborative problem solving on community issues including dirt kicked up by cars on unpaved roads, trash burning, and smoke from outdoor cooking next to the home. Information packets to families were prepared by the EPA and included a coloring book for children, a risk-assessment questionnaire and documents containing information on asthma for adults. The Promotores completed 26 home visits, reaching 108 members of the community.
In February and March, the CHWs are teaching residents about lead exposure risks and prevention and sharing the lead education resources from Cochise County Health and Social Services. Lead experts from Cochise County trained the CHWs and plan on facilitating a Lead Exposure workshop for the community on March 4th to answer further questions community members may have about lead exposure and poisoning.