Thursday, March 12, 2015

Upstate Health Career Program Students Participate in Simulation Lab

 Upstate AHEC Health Careers Academy (HCA) partnered with the University Center of Greenville for a simulation lab activity on March 5. High school students from the region took part in the activity as part of the 2014-2015 Upstate AHEC Health Careers Academy.

Kim Blankenship, RN, Mary Black School of Nursing Sim Lab Manager, facilitated the lab activity, which enabled HCA students to participate in simulation experiences.  The partnership with the University Center gives students an opportunity to work with faculty, staff, health professionals and students to receive relevant up-to-date information, knowledge, and skills that are being disseminated and practiced in post-secondary classrooms and clinical settings.  Simulation affords students the opportunity to be exposed to reality-based scenarios that will be a part of their healthcare practice in the future and gives them a chance to practice physical assessment skills.  

Ashleigh Godby, an 11th grade student at Riverside High School, said that the lab experience was “very fascinating, and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to get a real look into the hands on aspect of medicine. Even learning the basics gave me an assurance of my interest in medicine. I’d recommend this kind of lab to anyone who has any sort of interested in a career in medicine.”

Tai Marie Dennis, an 11th grade student at Woodmont High School, also the lab experience, “I enjoyed the lab. It made me want to go into nursing even more.”

Students participated in an overview of vital signs and IV therapy. In the process, they learned about improving communication, cultivating nursing skills, understanding classroom material, developing critical thinking and facilitating teamwork.   

For more information about the Health Careers Academy or simulation activity, please contact the Upstate AHEC Health Careers Program Coordinator Nita Donald at ddonald@upstateahec.org.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lowcountry AHEC Moves into New Building


Lowcountry AHEC has moved into its new building and is excited to continue serving its 12-county region from the new space. Lowcountry AHEC is now located at:

87 Academy Road, Walterboro, SC 29488

Phone and fax information remain the same, for more contact information, please visit the Lowcountry AHEC website at lcahec.com.

Chester Healthcare Foundation Awards Mini-Grant to Mid-Carolina AHEC

Vickie Fletcher, RN, HOP Coordinator
The Chester Healthcare Foundation awarded a $2,250 mini-grant to Mid-Carolina AHEC in January to support Chester Regional Medical Center’s Healthy Outcomes Plan (HOP). In a county-wide effort to decrease hospital readmissions and emergency visits, Chester County’s Healthy Outcomes Plan will focus on patient education and compliance, routine patient monitoring, and provide access to specialized services. The plan supports Chester Healthcare Foundation’s mission, which is “to support programs, projects and/or services of prevention and education which enhance, improve and/or promote the health and wellness with measurable outcomes of the citizens of Chester County.”

Vickie Fletcher, RN, HOP Coordinator, is charged with implementation of this patient-centered approach to addressing improved patient outcomes.  As an experienced nurse and Chester County resident, Mrs. Fletcher has knowledge of the county’s resources and is willing to reach out to providers and agencies to effectively identify, access, and align services to enhance the project’s outcomes.  Health indicators estimate that 54.8 percent of Chester County residents are diagnosed with heart disease (5.3 percent), hypertension (38.2 percent) and/or diabetes (11.3 percent).  Patient education and medical supplies will be purchased with funding from the mini-grant to support improved patient outcomes through education, self-monitoring, and compliance.

Mr. William H. Bundy, President, Chester Healthcare Foundation, former Chester Regional Medical Center CEO and former Mid-Carolina AHEC board chairman, is actively involved in selecting and supporting innovative and creative collaborations that respond to Chester County’s community needs.  Outcomes from this project will be shared with the Chester Healthcare Foundation, as well as, with health professions programs across the state for analysis and potential replication.   

For more information about the program, please contact Mid-Carolina AHEC at 803-286-4121.


Train-the-Trainer Program for Women’s Health Coming to the Lowcountry

Lowcountry AHEC has partnered with Palmetto Health Richland Perinatal, the University of South Carolina (USC) Arnold School of Public Health and Low Country Healthy Start to plan a “Train-the-Trainer” program to improve the interconception health of Low Country Healthy Start clients. The interconception period refers to the time between pregnancies, including, but not limited to, the postpartum period. Palmetto Health Richland Obstetric Outreach Educator Michelle Flanagan, RNC, BSN, and USC Arnold School of Public Health doctoral student Kaleea Lewis have been working with Lowcountry AHEC and Low Country Healthy Start to design modules that would complement and improve the education already being implemented by Low Country Healthy Start.

The first module, Nutrition in Pregnancy and Postpartum, addresses this important time in a woman’s health and was presented in February at the Low Country Healthy Start office in Orangeburg.  The 1.5 hour program provided skills and information to the Healthy Start client navigators to enable them to instruct clients about improving their health during the time between pregnancies.  The importance of a healthy diet and physical activity to manage weight gain were discussed along with instruction of food diary use for clients. 

This program is the first in a series of Interconception Education Project programs, which will seek to ultimately improve the health and care of women during interconception. Future modules will include Obesity in Pregnancy and How to Prevent It, and Diseases Affecting Pregnancy. The first phase of the project will educate Low Country Healthy Start client navigators, First Steps staff and other paraprofessionals that provide home visits to women. The client navigators will then teach the nutrition curriculum to 100 of their 400 clients. This client group includes women in Allendale, Bamberg, Hampton and Orangeburg counties.

For more information please visit the Lowcountry AHEC website:  www.lcahec.com

South Carolina AHEC Partners with SCAPA and SCale Down to Fight Obesity


Lowcountry and Mid-Carolina AHECs Lead the Way in Advanced Stroke Life Support Training® (ASLS®)

Lowcountry AHEC and Mid-Carolina AHEC have joined the University of Miami Leonard Miller School of Medicine, Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education’s Advanced Stroke Life Support® (ASLS®) Training Program as registered ASLS® Training Centers.

Advanced Stroke Life Support® (ASLS®) is a course that addresses the pre-hospital, emergency department, and stroke unit management of patients with acute stroke, incorporating interactive discussions, hands-on workshops, video and standardized patients.  Course materials are available to healthcare and educational institutions, emergency response and/or transportation entities, governmental or district agencies.  All ASLS® instructors must align with a registered ASLS® Training Center and become approved by GCRME to conduct ASLS® provider courses.

Mid-Carolina AHEC CE Coordinator Rebecca Jackson
Educators Charlotte Valentine and Gray Cable

Three educators completed the ASLS® training in Miami from Mid-Carolina AHEC in November: Rebecca Jackson, RN, BSN, with Mid-Carolina AHEC; Jana Hough, RN, case manager with Homecare and Hospice of Lancaster; and Russell Ferguson, EMT with Fairfield County EMS. Two educators completed the ASLS® training from Lowcountry AHEC in February:  Charlotte Valentine, RN, BSN, with Colleton Medical and Gray Cable, Paramedic/Fireman with Paris Island Fire and Rescue.

As registered ASLS® Training Centers, Lowcountry and Mid-Carolina AHECs will have access to the most current guidelines, curriculum updates, changes in continuing education credit requirements and identification of new issues that need to be addressed as relates to ASLS® instruction.  Curriculum training materials will be available in March.  Upon receipt of the instructor/student materials, both regional centers will develop training calendars to begin offering this skill set to interested healthcare facilities, providers and agencies.

For more information, please contact Lowcountry AHEC at 843-782-5052 and Mid-Carolina AHEC at 803-286-4121.

Save the Date: Fourth Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina


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Call for Research Abstracts and Posters

Upstate AHEC is sponsoring its Thirteenth Annual Research Symposium: Integrating Research with Action to Promote Health Equity on September 25, 2015.  This symposium is conducted in collaboration with the Nursing Research Committee of the Greenville Health System, AnMed Health, the Nursing Division Greenville Technical College and the Gamma Mu Chapter and Mu Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Abstracts must be submitted no later than June 5, 2015.   Notice of acceptance will be sent via email to applicants no later than July 10, 2015.

For full information on how to submit, please check out the flyer here.

Upcoming CE Opportunity from our AHEC Neighbors in North Carolina

Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Instructor Course Available

The Womack Army Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency and Southern Regional AHEC’s Family Medicine Center in Fayetteville, NC are sponsoring an upcoming Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Instructor Course on June 1.

For more information, please check out the flyer online.

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HIV Update 2015

Vaccine Preventable Diseases
(updated with current measles and Ebola information)

Ways to Prevent VTE
(update with current anticoagulant therapies)

Elder Financial Exploitation-It's All About the Money

Elder Neglect: Challenges and Issues

To view a program, visit ahecu.org.