Maryland Area Health Education Center West, also known as "AHEC West," is a rural, community-based organization serving Appalachian counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. To fulfill our mission to improve access to and promote quality in health care through educational and other partnerships, we collaborate with local, state, federal, and private organizations working toward mutual goals of a fair national distribution of health professionals and the elimination of health disparities due to rurality, poverty, race, and culture.


Upcoming HPV Webinar, CME/CE credits pending

How HPV Causes Cancer and Why it Still Matters
Thursday, February 15, 2018 
3:00 - 4:00 PM EST
CME/CE credits pending
Register: http://nao-ntc.adobeconnect.com/hpvcausescancer/event/registration.html?campaign-id=300
Webinar will address:
  • - The biology of HPV and its infection
  • - How the virus replicates and hides from the immune system
  • - How HPV causes cancer
  • - Evidence of different manifestations of HPV-related dysplasia
  • - Rationale for adopting an effective HPV vaccination strategy
  • - Efficacy evidence of the current vaccine
Presented by: Dr. Peter Angeletti, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Center for Virology, School of Biological Sciences

Times-News story showcases STEP program

The Cumberland Times-News recently ran a story showcasing AHEC West's Stretching To EmPower (STEP) program, which kicks off this month at public housing sites in Allegany County. Funded by the federal office on Women's Health, STEP seeks to address the opioid crisis by empowering women to resist the lure and devastation of opioid misuse. Empower the mother, daughter, aunt or grandmother, and you empower the family; empower the family, and you empower the community. For more information on STEP, click "Our Programs" or call STEP Program Coordinator Jen Thomas at 301-777-9150 x-109. To view the Times-News article, click HERE.


Vape Ain't Safe"- Report details e-cigarette hazards

According to a report by students at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 20 percent of underage Maryland high school students have used e-cigarrettes. Health risks are numerous and still not fully understood. Read the report HERE.

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