Leftover water and non-perishable food items from the recent Mission of Mercy free dental clinic were donated to the Family Crisis Resource Center in Cumberland. In the photo, Shantrella, office manager for the FCRC, center, picks up the donated items at the AHEC West office on the Downtown Cumberland Mall. Shown with Shantrella are Catie Wampole, left, and Dorian Birkholz, of AHEC West, who helped organize the MOM clinic.

Tomorrow is Rural Health Day in Maryland, featuring a morning-long webinar on funding opportunities, challenges, the opioid crisis and other issues vital to the health of rural Marylanders: https://pophealth.health.maryland.gov/…/national-rural-heal…

The Maryland State Office of Rural Health (SORH​), National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and other state/national rural stakeholders “Celebrate the Power of Rural” during annual National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Dr. Margot Savoy from @CDC explains why #HPVvax is recommended for Preteens (boys & girls ages 11-12) in this #HowIRecommend video #AHEChpv https://bit.ly/2ty97gT

“What do you tell parents who think their kids don’t need HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12?” During this segment of the “How I Recommend HPV Vaccine” series, Dr. ...

Katie Marvin, a Community Health Worker at AHEC West, is coordinating denture services for low-income residents of Washington County under a program funded by the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC). The Denture Access program, an initiative of the Mountain Health Alliance at AHEC West, provides dentures and partials, as well as necessary oral healthcare treatment, for those who suffer from a lack of teeth and cannot afford dentures. As a Community Health Worker (CHW), Katie also works with project clients to address issues like food insecurity, transportation, income and other “Social Determinants of Health” that play a significant role in individual health outcomes. She also provides oral health education. For more information contact Katie at 301-777-9150 or by email at kmarvin@ahecwest.org.

AHEC West’s new program “STEP Junior” is taking root at Fort Hill High School, as young women participate in the opioid-awareness/yoga program based on the STEP (Stretching To EmPower) program for women from “teens to 99” at public housing sites in Allegany County. STEP Junior features two 30-minute sessions per week, with one session devoted to wellness and the other to yoga and mindfulness. The program continues through Dec. 13, with a spring session planned. Regular STEP programs are currently being conducted in Westernport and Cumberland, following a session in Frostburg held over the summer. For more information visit ahecstep.org or contact STEP Program Coordinator Jen Thomas at 301-777-9150 or by email at jthomas@ahecwest.org.

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