Katie Marvin, a Community Health Worker at AHEC West, is coordinating denture services for low-income residents of Washington County under a program funded by the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC). The Denture Access program, an initiative of the Mountain Health Alliance at AHEC West, provides dentures and partials, as well as necessary oral healthcare treatment, for those who suffer from a lack of teeth and cannot afford dentures. As a Community Health Worker (CHW), Katie also works with project clients to address issues like food insecurity, transportation, income and other “Social Determinants of Health” that play a significant role in individual health outcomes. She also provides oral health education. For more information contact Katie at 301-777-9150 or by email at kmarvin@ahecwest.org.

AHEC West’s new program “STEP Junior” is taking root at Fort Hill High School, as young women participate in the opioid-awareness/yoga program based on the STEP (Stretching To EmPower) program for women from “teens to 99” at public housing sites in Allegany County. STEP Junior features two 30-minute sessions per week, with one session devoted to wellness and the other to yoga and mindfulness. The program continues through Dec. 13, with a spring session planned. Regular STEP programs are currently being conducted in Westernport and Cumberland, following a session in Frostburg held over the summer. For more information visit ahecstep.org or contact STEP Program Coordinator Jen Thomas at 301-777-9150 or by email at jthomas@ahecwest.org.

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Registration Deadline Has Been Extended to this Wednesday for The 52nd Institute on Medicine and Religion: "Healing From the Heart: Ancient Practices for Modern Wounds" event, to be held 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday at Allegany College of Maryland. Click for more information and registration:

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Attention area non-profits: AHEC West has 15-20 NEC phones available free to any organization or group that needs them. The phones are DSX models, alternately identified as either “Multibutton Telephone” or “Super Display Telephone.” They date from roughly 2007-09. User Guides are also available. For more information contact Associate Director Melissa Clark at 301-777-9150.

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