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.


ACA Health Insurance Enrollment Nov. 1 - Dec. 15

Health insurance signup under the Affordable Care Act runs from Nov. 1 - Dec. 15. Obtain free in-person help through the Western Maryland Health Insurance Network, with offices in Cumberland, Oakland, and Hagerstown. Click HERE for more information or to make an appointment. "Walk in Wednesdays" at the Cumberland office, 39 Baltimore St. on the Downtown Mall. No appointment necessary. [READ MORE]

GGEAR Geriatirics CE Program Dec. 1 at Meritus

On Friday, Dec. 1 at Meritus Health in Hagerstown the GGEAR Program -- Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research -- is offering  an inter-professional learning opportunity addressing: Community Health Workers: A Flexible Bridge; Community Health Workers: Making the Connections, and The Construction of Care: Help-Seeking and Conflicting Principles in Multicultural Practice. REGISTER BY NOV. 14. There is no charge to attend, and the program includes Continuing Education (CE) hours for nursing, social work, psychologists and professional counselors. For registration and more information click HERE. [READ MORE]

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.

Upcoming events

  • 12/1/17 8:00 am
    GGEAR seminar at Meritus Health GGEAR program offering CE training, Community Health Workers and other geriatrics topics, Dec. 1 at Meritus Health in Hagerstown.
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