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Upcoming HPV Webinar, CME/CE credits pending

HPV Webinar – 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.

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.