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 education and collaboration.

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

Susan Stewart

Executive Director

301-777-9150 ext 147
susan.stewart@ahecwest.org
Melissa Clark : Associate Director

Melissa Clark

Associate Director

301-777-9150 ext 115
mclark@ahecwest.org
Tina Rohrbaugh : Finance Director

Tina Rohrbaugh

Finance Director

301-777-9150, ext 140
trohrbaugh@ahecwest.org
Jackie Booth : Administrative Specialist

Jackie Booth

Administrative Specialist

301-777-9150, ext 101
jbooth@ahecwest.org
Mindy Bradshaw : Community Health Worker, Healthy Moms and Babies

Mindy Bradshaw

Community Health Worker, Healthy Moms and Babies

301-777-9150, ext 106
mdodrill@ahecwest.org
Catie Brenneman : Program Coordinator, Healing Allegany

Catie Brenneman

Program Coordinator, Healing Allegany

301-777-9150 ext 148
cbrenneman@ahecwest.org
Daniel Carrillo : AHEC West Health Insurance Program – Bilingual Navigator

Daniel Carrillo

AHEC West Health Insurance Program – Bilingual Navigator

1-888-202-0212
daniel@wmdhealthconnect.org
Jan Chippendale : Health Right Case Manager

Jan Chippendale

Health Right Case Manager

301-777-9150 ext. 112
jchippendale@ahecwest.org
Nefertiti Guillaume : AHEC West Health Insurance Program – Program Coordinator

Nefertiti Guillaume

AHEC West Health Insurance Program – Program Coordinator

1-888-202-0212
nefertiti@wmdhealthconnect.org
Jeff Hay : Peer Recovery Specialist - Healing Allegany

Jeff Hay

Peer Recovery Specialist - Healing Allegany

301-777-9150
jhay@ahecwest.org
Amanda Heavener : Human Resources Specialist and Executive Assistant

Amanda Heavener

Human Resources Specialist and Executive Assistant

301-777-9150, ext 111
aheavener@ahecwest.org
Richard Kerns : Grants Manager & Public Relations Coordinator

Richard Kerns

Grants Manager & Public Relations Coordinator

301-777-9150, ext 104
rkerns@ahecwest.org
David Laurencio : AHEC West Health Insurance Program - Operations Assistant

David Laurencio

AHEC West Health Insurance Program - Operations Assistant

1-888-202-0212
dlaurencio@ahecwest.org
Lisa Lundquist : AHEC West Health Insurance - Community Outreach Lead

Lisa Lundquist

AHEC West Health Insurance - Community Outreach Lead

301-268-6475
llundquist@ahecwest.org
Christopher McKenzie : AHEC West Health Insurance Program - Navigator

Christopher McKenzie

AHEC West Health Insurance Program - Navigator

1-888-202-0212
cmckenzie@ahecwest.org
Carol Morgan : AHEC West Health Insurance Program – Navigator

Carol Morgan

AHEC West Health Insurance Program – Navigator

1-888-202-0212
carol@wmdhealthconnect.org
Jim Murray : Peer Recovery Specialist - Harm Reduction

Jim Murray

Peer Recovery Specialist - Harm Reduction

301-777-9150 ext 120
jmurray@ahecwest.org
Mijail Salazar : AHEC West Health Insurance Program – Bilingual Navigator

Mijail Salazar

AHEC West Health Insurance Program – Bilingual Navigator

1-888-202-0212
mijail@wmdhealthconnect.org
Rachel Sloane : Administrative Specialist

Rachel Sloane

Administrative Specialist

301-777-9150 ext 100
rsloane@ahecwest.org
David Stewart : AHEC West Health Insurance Program – Program Director

David Stewart

AHEC West Health Insurance Program – Program Director

1-888-202-0212
david@wmdhealthconnect.org
Joy Taylor : Program Coordinator, AHEC Scholars, Continuing Ed., GGEAR

Joy Taylor

Program Coordinator, AHEC Scholars, Continuing Ed., GGEAR

301-777-9150, ext 141
jtaylor@ahecwest.org
Julie Teter : Regional Oral Health Coordinator

Julie Teter

Regional Oral Health Coordinator

301-777-9150 ext 103
jteter@ahecwest.org
Kristin Thomas : Program Coordinator for Harm Reduction - Peer Recovery Specialist

Kristin Thomas

Program Coordinator for Harm Reduction - Peer Recovery Specialist

301-777-9150 ext 108
kthomas@ahecwest.org
Brady Watson : Program Coordinator, ECHO, Clin Ed., Social Media

Brady Watson

Program Coordinator, ECHO, Clin Ed., Social Media

301-777-9150 ext 205
brady@wmdhealthconnect.orgbwatsonahecwest.org

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Joe Hoffman – Chairperson
  • VACANT – Vice Chairperson
  • Margaret Wright – Secretary
  • Griffin Detrick – Treasurer
  • 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
  • Maria Friend, BSN, Garrett County Health Department
  • Jennifer Glotfelty, LMSW, Thomas B. Finan Center
  • Y. Michelle Harman, MEd, NBCT, Garrett County Board of Education
  • Joe Hoffman, PhD, Frostburg State University
  • Diane Romaine, DMD, Diane D. Romaine and Associates
  • Sara Seitz, MPH, State Office of Rural Health
  • Margaret Wright, RN, BSN, Allegany County Health Department

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 us: 301-777-9150

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.