The Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance (MiCHWA) is a statewide coalition that unites CHWs and stakeholders from health systems, nonprofit community agencies, federally qualified health centers, academic research units, CHW programs, workforce development organizations, community colleges, and local health coalitions. Read more.
The Western Regional AHEC is participating in a national program called, "You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention: Understanding the Burden of HPV Disease, the Importance of the HPV Vaccine Recommendation, and Communicating about HPV Vaccination" by hosting a free live HPV seminar on Aug. 15 at the Kent County Health Department, and also promoting the free online CE/CME HPV Self-Study Course. Read more.
Western Michigan University’s College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) and the Western Regional Area Health Education Center (WR AHEC) recently announced plans for a new Healthcare and Human Services Pipeline Program, which will begin summer 2017. Read more.
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- Comedy Night Fundraiser
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Godwin Heights High School Explores Oral Health Careers
On April 29, 22 students from Godwin Heights High School in Wyoming talked with a dentist, hygienist and assistant to get the inside scoop on their college and career experiences. The students also participated in activities related to personal oral health, diet, and received a guided tour of Kent County’s South Dental Clinic.
CHHS Immersion Day
WMU’s College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) welcomed almost 200 high school students during May and June for AHEC’s CHHS Immersion Day programs. Students were bused in for the health career exploration events from the Hispanic Center of West Michigan, as well as Allegan, Calhoun, and Van Buren county school districts.
Immersion day allows students to visit the College of Health and Human Services on WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo to learn about careers in nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant, speech and language pathology, blindness and low vision, audiology, community health education, and even the Peace Corp. Hands-on activities are offered along with the presentations to bring more awareness of actual job responsibilities.
Trauma Informed Care Conference
On May 6, AHEC, in partnership with the School of Social Work at WMU hosted the “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Trauma Informed Care” conference. The conference drew over 50 healthcare professionals from multiple disciplines throughout the state.
Keynote speaker, Mark Sloane, DO, FACOP, FAAP of the Children’s Trauma Assessment Center at WMU spoke on using the intersection of genetics, prenatal exposure, and post-natal toxic traumatic stress to build connected, resiliency focused trauma informed systems.