Standing in front of the “SEAHEC History Wall,” Dr. Jeffrey Maudlin receives recognition for his service as a preceptor from Erin Sol, SEAHEC Program Coordinator for Student Training Opportunities, as UA medical resident Cynthia Carrillo looks on.


Right: Nogales High School students learn about health professional careers during a SEAHEC-sponsored trip to the University of Arizona in November 2014.

The Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with a party at its Target Range Road office, behind Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital.

The event featured border tacos and the music of Nogales High School’s Mariachi Apache.

“Staff, board members, friends and colleagues joined in the celebration of our small non-profit and our contribution to making Nogales, Santa Cruz County and Southern Arizona a happier and healthier place to live,” the organization said.

SEAHEC was founded in Nogales as a nonprofit in 1985 to address the challenges in training and retaining health providers in rural areas. It currently serves Santa Cruz, Cochise and parts of Pima county.

SEAHEC’s activities include Future Health Leaders clubs, including one at Nogales High School, that expose students to health professionals as guest speakers. Citing a recent survey, the organizations said 100 percent of its club students graduated from high school and 90 of them enrolled in college. Of those in college, 54 percent were choosing health career tracks.

In addition, SEAHEC has placed more than 1,500 health professions students – medical, nursing, dental, pharmacy, public health and physician assistants – in community and clinical settings. The organization provides housing and stipends to many of these students.

SEAHEC says it has provided health education to more than 12,000 community members through an annual caregiver conference, health fairs, domestic violence conferences, border disability conferences, parent/student conferences, mental health first aid training and other events.

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