MISSION

The mission of the Maryland Area Health Education Center West (AHEC West) is to improve access to and promote quality in health care through educational and other partnerships.

The AHEC West service area includes Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties in Maryland as well as counties in nearby Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Most of the AHEC West region is designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area.

AHEC West’s activities would not be possible without the support of its many partners and preceptors. AHEC West does not provide health care, but strives to improve health care’s quality and accessibility by working with those who do.

As an agency, AHEC West facilitates and/or provides:
  • Clinical education for health professions students
  • Experiences for students interested in health careers such as summer programs for high school students, mentorship, and academic assistance with follow-up through college, health professions school, and beyond
  • Continuing education programs for regional health professionals
  • Geriatric interprofessional experiences for students and continuing education for geriatric providers and caregivers
  • Organization of and participation in coalitions and task forces on priority concerns about health care

STAFFStaff Directory

Susan Stewart

Executive Director
301-777-9150

Melissa Clark

Associate Director
301-777-9150

Tina Rohrbaugh

Finance Director
301-777-9150, ext 140

Nefertiti Jean-Baptiste

Western Maryland Health Insurance Connector – Program Coordinator
1-888-202-0212

Emma Bauer
Emma Bauer

ECHO Program Assistant
301-777-9150

Jackie Booth

Administrative Specialist
301-777-9150, ext 101

Jan Chippendale

Health Right Case Manager
301-777-9150 ext. 112

Mindy Dodrill

Community Health Worker, Mountain Health Alliance
301-777-9150, ext 106

Amanda Heavener

Administrative Specialist
301-777-9150, ext 100

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Jade Kenney

Community Health Worker, Mountain Health Alliance
301-777-9150

Richard Kerns

Grants Manager & Social Media Coordinator
301-777-9150, ext 104

Clark Lanthier

Western Maryland Health Insurance Connector – Navigator
1-888-202-0212

Christina Mackereth

Administrative Specialist
301-777-9150, ext 102

Katie Marvin

Community Health Worker, Mountain Health Alliance
301-777-9150 ext 108

Carol Morgan

Western Maryland Health Insurance Connector – Navigator
1-888-202-0212

Terri Socha

Program Coordinator, Clin Ed, GAIT, and GGEAR
301-777-9150, ext 107

David Stewart

Western Maryland Health Insurance Connector –
Program Director
1-888-202-0212

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Joy Taylor

Program Coordinator, Continuing Education, HPV Education
301-777-9150, ext 141

Jen Thomas

STEP Coordinator
301-777-9150 ext 109

Allyson-Wallace
Allyson Wallace

Western Maryland Health Insurance Connector – Navigator
240-362-9190

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Catie Wampole

Program Coordinator, Mountain Health Alliance
301-777-9150

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Joe Hoffman – Chairperson
  • Carol Bass – Vice Chairperson
  • Cheryl Lynn Kane – Secretary
  • Griffin Detrick – Treasurer
  • Carol Bass, IBCLC, RLC, Garrett County Health Department
  • Stephen Bortz, Garrett Regional Medical Center
  • Cindy Bridges, RN, MS, MBA, Western Maryland Health System
  • Thomas Chappell, MD, retired
  • Richard Colgan, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Kathy Condor, BA, Allegany College of Maryland
  • Griffin Detrick, CPA, Archway Station
  • Jennifer Glotfelty, LMSW, Thomas B. Finan Center
  • Y. Michelle Harman, MEd, NBCT, Garrett County Board of Education
  • Joe Hoffman, PhD, Frostburg State University
  • Cheryl Lynn Kane, RN, MS, Allegany County Health Department
  • Rod MacRae, MA, MPH, Washington County Health Department
  • Michael Motter, PsyD, VA HBPC
  • Diane Romaine, DMD, Diane D. Romaine and Associates
  • Beth Smolko, MMS, PA-C, Frostburg State University

SERVICE AREA

AHEC West serves Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick counties in Maryland, with some programs serving clients in nearby Mineral County, West Virginia and Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

Included in the service area are three federally qualified health centers, four dental clinics, and six hospitals, all of which work with AHEC West to meet the healthcare needs of the area’s overall population. Most of the counties served qualify as Medically Underserved Areas and are greatly challenged in the recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals. In more recent years, we’ve begun to serve other counties west of Baltimore.

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CIVIL RIGHTSWE DO NOT DISCRIMINATE

Nondiscrimination and Accessibility Requirements Notice

AHEC West and its Western Maryland Health Insurance Connector program complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. AHEC West does not exclude people or treat them differently, because of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex.

AHEC West:
●        Provides free auxiliary aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as qualified sign language interpreters and written information in other formats (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats, other formats)
●        Provides free language assistance services to people whose primary language is not English, such as qualified interpreters and information written in other languages

If you need these services, contact David Stewart at 301-501-5057

If you believe AHEC West has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex, you can file a grievance in writing by mail or email with Melissa Clark, Civil Rights Coordinator. If you need help filing a grievance, Ms. Clark is available to help you.  Ms. Clark’s contact info is below:

Melissa Clark, Civil Rights Coordinator
Phone: 301-777-9150 x115
Fax: 301-777-2649
Email: civilrights@ahecwest.org
Mail: 39 Baltimore Street, Suite 201, Cumberland, Maryland 21502

You also may file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf,or by mail or phone at: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Room 509F, HHH Building, Washington, DC 20201; 1-800-868-1019800-537-7697 (TDD). Complaint forms are available at  http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/file/index.html.