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.


GGEAR program on caring for older adults to be held Dec. 1 in Hagerstown

The next GGEAR Program – Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program – will be Friday, Dec. 1 at Robinwood Professional Center in Hagerstown. The program is titled “Reaching Out and Working Together With Older Adults – Making the Connections: Where They Are and What They Need!
Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the program beginning at 8:30 a.m. The program concludes at noon.
No charge to attend, however, advanced registration is required. For more information including how to register, click HERE.. [READ MORE]

G.A.I.T. student projects slated for October

Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team – G.A.I.T
Two day-long G.A.I.T. projects are scheduled this fall, both in October in Washington County.
“Supporting Staying at Home – Adult Medical Day Services” will be held Friday, Oct. 20 at Diakon Adult Medical Day Services in Hagerstown.
“Maintaining Independence – Healthy Older Adults Meeting the Challenges of Aging” will be held Thursday, Oct. 26 at Independent Living, Homewood at Williamsport, in Williamsport, Md.
Register now!!
For more information on the G.A.I.T. program and both projects, click here.

Office on Women's Health fights opioid epidemic

Whether you watch, read, or scroll to get your news, you have undoubtedly seen the reports — our country is in the midst of an epidemic of overdose and deaths as a result of opioid misuse. In 2015, 33,091 Americans died as a result of opioid overdoses. That's higher than the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents, and it's a 15.6% increase from the previous year. 
The Office on Women's Health is battling this epidemc on a number of fronts, including through the grant program that funded creation of the STEP program - Stretching To EmPower - here at AHEC West. Click here to read about this and other ways the Office on Women's Health is working to curb opioid misuse and addiction.

AHEC West in the news with new STEP Program: Stretching To EmPower

AHEC West Executive Director Susan Stewart was recently interviewed on WBAL Radio about the new STEP yoga program, Stretching To EmPower, which has been funded through the federal Office on Women's Health. To see WBAL's post and hear Susan's interview, click here.
Hearst Television has also filed a piece on the STEP program, which will serve female residents of public housing in Allegany County. Click here for the Hearst story. [READ MORE]
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