Maryland Area Health Education Center West, also known as "AHEC West," is a rural, community-based organization serving Appalachian counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. To fulfill our mission to improve access to and promote quality in health care through educational and other partnerships, we collaborate with local, state, federal, and private organizations working toward mutual goals of a fair national distribution of health professionals and the elimination of health disparities due to rurality, poverty, race, and culture.


CHRC funding will allow expansion of Denture Access program to Washington County

CUMBERLAND – The Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) recently awarded a $70,000, two-year grant to Cumberland-based AHEC West to expand existing oral health initiatives in Western Maryland to Washington County.  The grant to AHEC West is one of 16 grants totaling $3 million made by the CHRC this year.  These grants are designed to expand access to health care in underserved communities, reduce health disparities, and increase the capacity of safety net providers to serve vulnerable residents and are projected to serve more than 14,000 residents.
Denture Access, the AHEC West program funded by the CHRC, will employ a trained Community Health Worker (CHW) to spearhead the provision of no-cost dentures to low-income residents of Washington County who face numerous health challenges without teeth. The program will leverage dental-provider discounts that greatly extend the reach of the state funding.
As part of Denture Access, the CHW will screen program participants for general health issues, providing guidance, referrals, and other assistance for conditions such as food insecurity, livable income, and affordable housing that can play a major role in individual health outcomes. Similar initiatives already serve residents of Allegany and Garrett counties under the Mountain Health Alliance and other AHEC West programs.
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GGEAR Conference set for June 1 in Hagerstown

Registration is now open for the next GGEAR conference for professionals working with older adults and their families, to be held Friday, June 1, 2018 at Robinwood Professional Center in Hagerstown.
“Putting Our Arms Around It: Tools for Working with Complex Cases in Complex Times” will include presentations on:
  • Implementing person-centered, trauma-informed care with Holocaust survivors and other older adults with a history of trauma
  • Arrested-Development: Solutions for families stuck and stressed, and
  • Interviewing and intervention skills for complex cases
The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. Continuing Education Credits are available for social workers, psychologists, professional counselors, and nurses. Advance registration is required. There is no charge to attend.
For more information and to register for the GGEAR conference click HERE.


Video details summer ECHO Program - Applications now being accepted

Applications are now being accepted for our week-long summer program for high school students: ECHO - Exploring Careers in Health Occupations. Learn more by watching our new ECHO video.


ECHO summer program registration now underway

It’s registration time again for ECHO - Exploring Careers in Health Occupations. Register now for your slot in this year’s week-long summer program, which features an on-campus stay at Frostburg State University, and visits to numerous sites in the region that will expose students to the many career opportunities available in the healthcare field. 

Applications are being accepted now through Friday, May 4, 2018.

If you have questions, please contact Melissa Clark 301-777-9150, ext 115 or mclark@ahecwest.org or Amanda Heavener 301-777-9150, ext 100 or aheavener@ahecwest.org.

For your 2018 ECHO application click HERE.


Free hypertension, diabetes training for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners

The Maryland Area Health Education Center Program with its three regional centers, AHEC West, Baltimore AHEC, and Eastern Shore AHEC, is collaborating with the Maryland Department of Health’s Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, to enhance screening for hypertension and prediabetes, as well as hypertension management and disease prevention. To aid in this process, the MAHEC Program is offering a FREE web based Tutorial for physician assistants and nurse practitioners. To take the tutorial click HERE.

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