News & Upcoming Events
November 2, 2015
WMAHEC Nurse Practitioner Caucus Recognizes National Nurse Practitioner Week
The Western Maryland AHEC Nurse Practitioner Caucus will celebrate National Nurse Practitioners Week November 8 – 14. This is the 50th anniversary of the health career field, with the first Nurse Practitioner program established at the University of Colorado in 1965. Currently, over 205,000 Nurse Practitioners are licensed to practice in the United States, with over 916 million patient visits made to Nurse Practitioners each year. For more information regarding Western Maryland AHEC Caucus activities, contact Joy Taylor or by phone 301-777-9150.
Seated, left to right: Nurse Practitioners Janell Sioma, Cynthia Shriver, Linda Gee and Janette Clark. Standing, left to right: Nurse Practitioners Barbara Pyle, Vicki Willey, Terry Harvey and Corrine Lamm.
September 23, 2015
Allegany of College of Maryland is hosting an Eating Disorder Update course designed for Counselors, Dental Professionals, Dietitians, Nurses, Social Workers, and interested members of the general public on Friday, October 30, 2015 from 10am - 3pm at the ACM Robert Zimmer Theatre. 4 CEUs will be awarded to the various professions. All others will receive 4 contact hours from ACM. For complete CEU and course details, see the Allegany College of Maryland Eating Disorder Update flyer.
August 19, 2015
In her role as chair of the Nurses Caucus for the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center, Bea Himmelwright-Lamm, EdD, MS, BSN, assistant professor, accepted a Nurses Week proclamation from the Allegany County government in May, declaring National Nurses Week in Allegany County. See photos at the Nursing Caucus web page.
As part of Western Maryland AHEC’s ongoing mission to provide relevant training, we are pleased to invite you to view a free HPV webinar sponsored by the National AHEC Organization. “Countering HPV Vaccination Opposition” is available to view on demand. This training, conducted by GW Cancer Institute, includes an introduction to and brief history of the anti-vaccine movement, discusses and debunks common vaccine myths, and highlights contemporary sources of misinformation while providing strategies for validating good information and countering misinformation. CME/CE credits will not be available for this training, however, certificates of attendance can be provided upon request.
This training will include an introduction to and brief history of the anti-vaccine movement, discuss and debunk common vaccine myths, and highlight contemporary sources of misinformation while providing strategies for validating good information and countering misinformation. The training is intended for all AHECs, health professionals, board members, community leaders, community health workers, and the general public.
To learn about Western Maryland AHEC's efforts toward HPV vaccination, view the August 2015 issue of WMAHEC Happenings. For more information, email Joy Taylor or call 301.777.9150 ext. 141.
Western Maryland Area Health Education Center
Western Maryland Area Health Education Center, also known as "Western Maryland AHEC" and "WMAHEC," 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 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.
Why Rural Western Maryland?
View our video Quality of Life, Quality of Practice to hear firsthand from practitioners in the region about why living and working here is personally and professionally satisfying. To learn more about state and federal incentives for choosing to practice in a rural, underserved area, view our links page.
Learn more about how you, as a physician or other health care practitioner, can join our efforts. We facilitate twelve discipline-specific caucuses that meet to discuss professional issues and plan continuing education and other events that are responsive to local needs. In addition, the region's practitioners provide many volunteer hours of support to our programs as clinical education preceptors, faculty and teachers, and other vital roles. Also, learn about our medical residency rotations.
Western Maryland AHEC facilitates rural clinical rotations and housing for health professions and allied health students, as well as interdisciplinary team-building programs in geriatrics and gerontology in Maryland's Allegany, Garrett, Washington, and Frederick counties. We also provide week-long summer programs and year-round shadowing opportunities for high school students interested in health careers through Exploring Careers in Health Occupations. The ECHO program is funded through the American Honda Foundation and also Rural Maryland Council.
Our partners are crucial in helping us recruit and retain a robust regional health workforce, address health care disparities and public health needs. and provide educational programs responsive to these priorities. Our longtime relationships continue their positive impact in today's evolving health care environment. These partners include, among others, the Maryland AHEC Program Office, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Maryland Rural Health Association, Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, University of Maryland Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research program, departments within the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Boards of Education, and numerous local healthcare facilities, coalitions, practitioners, educators, and other health care stakeholders.