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.


ECHO summer program registration now underway

It’s ECHO registration time again!
Register now for your slot in this year’s summer program.
Applications are being accepted now through April 10, 2018. If you have questions, please contact Melissa Clark 301-777-9150, ext 115 or mclark@ahecwest.org or Amanda Heavener 301-777-9150, ext 100 or aheavener@ahecwest.org.
For your 2018 ECHO application click HERE.


Free hypertension, diabetes training for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners

The Maryland Area Health Education Center Program with its three regional centers, AHEC West, Baltimore AHEC, and Eastern Shore AHEC, is collaborating with the Maryland Department of Health’s Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, to enhance screening for hypertension and prediabetes, as well as hypertension management and disease prevention. To aid in this process, the MAHEC Program is offering a FREE web based Tutorial for physician assistants and nurse practitioners. To take the tutorial click HERE.


Health Right now a program of AHEC West

AHEC West kicked off the New Year by welcoming Health Right to the array of programs serving our organizational mission to improve access to and promote quality in healthcare through educational and other partnerships.
 Health Right (formerly Allegany Health Right), which provides access to emergency dental care for low-income, uninsured/under-insured adults, dates to 1988 when it was established as a non-profit agency by the Allegany County Medical Society to coordinate safety-net are for low income county residents. 
 The program is now simply called Health Right to reflect a service mission that extends beyond Allegany County.
 Health Right staff includes Jan Chippendale, case manager, and Malissa Savage, Community Health Worker, both of whom now work out of the AHEC West office on the Downtown Cumberland Mall. Jan can be reached at 301-777-9150 x-112, while Malissa is at 301-777-9150 x-113.

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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