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Area Health Education Centers: Connecting Students to Careers, Professionals to Communities, and Communities to Better Health
Area Health Education Centers: Connecting Students to Careers, Professionals to Communities, and Communities to Better Health

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The San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center seeks candidates for Executive Director. More information about the position can be found here.

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The University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford seeks applications for the position of Assistant Director of Curriculum Outreach & Development for the National Center for Rural Health Professions. A full job description and application information can be found at For fullest consideration apply by March 3, 2017.

The next HRSA TA Call is scheduled for today at 2pm EST. Please check your NAO Monday update to receive dial in numbers and pass codes for the call. Thanks.

Nearly 2,000 health professionals, students and medical office staff have been trained as part of Michigan's efforts on the HPV project in the last five months! The Southeast Regional Michigan AHEC collaborated with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' (MDHHS) Division of Immunization for their fall immunization conferences in Marquette, Gaylord, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Flint, Kalamazoo, Dearborn and Troy. Southeast Regional AHEC also have partnered with MDHHS to assist the other regional AHEC offices in Michigan in finding HPV speakers using their Physician Peer Education Project. Through their partnerships with MDHHS and the Alliance for Immunization in Michigan (AIM), Southeast Regional AHEC was then connected with Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit and Dr. Shelly Seward. Dr. Seward volunteered her time to meet with graduate student groups at Wayne State University to present "You are the Key" and has also invited nursing students to shadow her on rotation. What a nice, unintended bonus to the clinical rotation side of AHEC! Keep up the good work, Michigan.

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Congratulations to the following AHEC centers and staff on their recent award for participation in the second year of funding from American College of Rheumatology for The Lupus Initiative. The primary goal of the initiative is to create and sustain open pathways between rural, underserved, diagnosing providers and rheumatology specialists. Education and awareness are important secondary goals and the platform for building the networking connections. Lupus is a devastating disease disproportionately affecting Black, Latino, and Native American females.
Eastern Connecticut AHEC
Lower Rio Grande AHEC
Mid Rio Grande AHEC
Permian Basin AHEC
South Central Alabama AHEC
South West Georgia AHEC
Western Montana AHEC

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Public Health 3.0, launched in October 2016, describes an upgrade in public health practices that will emphasize cross-sectoral policy and systems-level actions that directly affect the social determinants of health and advance health equity. Public Health 3.0 will call on us to boldly expand public health to address all aspects of life that promote health and well-being such as education and literacy. These and other topics addressed in the Project SHARE (Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment) curriculum used in the NAO health information literacy initiative will be key to making lasting gains in public health across the nation. Read the Public Health 3.0 White Paper from the US Department of Health and Human Services for more about this national trend.

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HPV is preventable and linked with more than 6 types of cancer. Check out this infographic from the American Society of Clinical Oncology that puts it into perspective.

Western Colorado AHEC certainly has found a great way to work with medical students and preceptors during rural rotations. They have had 19 students over the past 6 months assist with training providers on the importance of the HPV vaccine and works collaboratively to collect evaluations from the facility. Students work with preceptors in a variety of settings, such as clinics, hospitals, and public health centers to review, research, report and present on HPV to colleagues. Many students have utilized the You are the Key PowerPoint presentation to educate colleagues on the importance of a strong provider recommendation; and as a few return to their sites, they collaborate with their preceptors on the education of the updated ACIP 2-dose recommendation. What a great way to train students as well as professionals in rural settings! Great work, Western Colorado AHEC!

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HPV Immunization Project - All of the state entities funded through our project are required to attend (or send a representative to) an upcoming training "Social Media: Tips, Time Savers and Reporting" set for 2 p.m. ET, Thursday, Feb. 16. Register Now.

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program. The AHEC Program develops and enhances education and training networks within communities, academic institutions, and community-based organizations. In turn, these networks support BHW's strategic priorities to increase diversity and distribution among health professionals, enhance health care quality, and improve health care delivery to rural and underserved areas and populations.
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