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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.

GGEAR Geriatirics CE Program Dec. 1 at Meritus

The Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research program (GGEAR), University of Maryland Baltimore, the Nursing Education Department of Meritus Health, Johns Hopkins Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, Maryland Area Health Education Center (AHEC) West, and Allegany College of Maryland jointly offer 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. This seminar will address collaboration of community health workers with outpatient care management teams, referral and outcome data, discussion of help-seeking and the limitations/conflicting principles at play in a “multicultural” approach, and a conference case discussion with participants and presenters. The conference will be held in Hagerstown, MD. There is no charge to attend, and includes Continuing Education (CE) hours for nursing, social work, psychologists and professional counselors.
For event information and online registration, 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.

 

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.