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Melissa Clark leads planning for October MRHA Conference

Our own Associate Director Melissa Clark was featured this week in the Cumberland Times-News, in a story detailing her work helping to plan the upcoming annual conference of the Maryland Rural Health Association, to be held Oct. 5-6 at the Wisp Resort in Garrett County. Click HERE to read the story.

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.

 

HHS Live Stream - Recovery, Prevention, & Hope: National Experts Equip Faith and Community Leaders on Opioids and Addictions

HHS Live-Stream — National Recovery Month Event
Recovery, Prevention, & Hope: National Experts Equip Faith and Community Leaders on Opioids and Addictions, Sept. 27

On September 27, live from Washington D.C., the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will convene national speakers to talk directly to faith and community leaders about the opioid epidemic and other addictions to raise awareness, encourage compassion, reinforce the role of community and families in long-term recovery and prevention, and make a call to action.
Please save the date and consider hosting a post-broadcast discussion in your community with local experts and discuss approaches for fostering healing and aligning community-wide efforts to renew wholeness in your community. 
The event will be live-streamed from the HHS.gov/live page beginning at 1 p.m.
More details to follow.
For more information click here.
 
 

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.

Nurse Practitioners Caucus Meeting & CE canceled

CANCELED: The Nurse Practitioners Caucus Meeting & CE slated for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 has been canceled.

 
 

Register now: Dec. 2 CE: Vulnerable Older Adults

VULNERABLE OLDER ADULTS and SELF-DETERMINATION:
Collaboration of Social Services, Medical Practice, and Legal Services
Friday, December 2, 2016, 8:00 am – Noon
 
8:00 am – 8:30 am                   Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am – 8:45 am                   WELCOME and CASE INTRODUCTION
 
  • 8:45 am – 9:30 am: PROTECTING VULNERABLE ADULTS: WHAT ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES CAN and CANNOT DO
Nikki L. Snider, LCSW-C, Social Work Supervisor, Washington County Department of Social Services, Administrative and Clinical supervision for Adult Protective Services Social Workers
 
  • 9:35 am – 10:20 am: CORE DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN CAPACITY AND COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT vs PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION IN MEDICAL PRACTICE
David Loreck, MD, Baltimore VAMC Mental Health Consultation Service; Alzheimer’s Disease/Memory Disorders Clinic
-----10:20 – 10:30 AM    BREAK------
  • 10:30 am – 11:15 am: GUARDIANSHIP:  WHEN IS IT AN APPROPRIATE OPTION? WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?
Ellen A. Callegary, Esq. The Law Offices of Ellen A. Callegary, PA., Co-Editor of “Guardianship and Its Alternatives: A Handbook on Maryland Law
11:15 am – Noon                    CASE DISCUSSION
 
Noon -- Conference Concludes/Evaluation/Certificates
 
PROGRAM PROVIDED by:
The Nursing Education Department of Meritus Health, jointly with:
Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research program, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Johns Hopkins Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program
Area Health Education Center West
Allegany College of Maryland
 
LOCATION:    Robinwood Professional Center, Room 142, 11110 Medical Campus Rd, Hagerstown, MD
 
No charge to attend but ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  
REGISTER by Nov. 15: Contact JACKIE BOOTH, jbooth@ahecwest.org

Western Maryland AHEC becomes AHEC West

The Western Maryland Area Health Education Center, the long-standing area not-for-profit whose mission is to improve access to and promote quality in healthcare through educational and other partnerships, is changing its name to Maryland Area Health Education Center West (AHEC West), according to Susan Stewart, the agency’s Executive Director.
 
The decision was made by AHEC West’s Board of Directors to better reflect the area served by the agency and to help define and differentiate it from other healthcare related entities in the region.
 
“AHEC West has been serving our community since 1976,” says Ms. Stewart. “This year marks our 40th anniversary. We felt, in conjunction with our longevity, our name should more closely reflect who we are. Our service area has grown over the years, and we have a variety of programs that extend into nearby communities in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Our name needs to reflect that.”
 
AHEC West is one of three AHECs located in the state of Maryland. The other two agencies are located in Baltimore and on the Eastern Shore, in Cambridge. Over three hundred AHEC agencies are found throughout the United States.
 
AHEC West’s focus on improving access to quality healthcare has led the agency to approach its mission from a variety of fronts. Programs include coordinating clinical rotations for medical and other health professions students with area physicians and practitioners; providing continuing education opportunities and interdisciplinary training for healthcare providers and students, including the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research program; maintaining Caucuses for healthcare professionals in order to support and encourage professional collaboration among practitioners; creating a pipeline of local students entering healthcare professions; and increasing direct access to oral and behavioral health services throughout a three state, five county region.
 
“We are very active in creating partnerships and supporting educational efforts that assist in keeping students and health professionals engaged and informed,” Ms. Stewart notes.
 
Established in 1976 as a vital link among the academic resources of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, other major academic health centers, and local community organi­zations, AHEC West is the state’s longest running AHEC. Currently, AHEC West serves Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties in Maryland, as well as communities in nearby West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Additional information about AHEC West and its programs may be found at www.ahecwest.org.