Friday, September 28, 2018

Ann Lefebvre Selected as Next South Carolina AHEC Executive Director

It is with great pleasure that South Carolina AHEC announces its next executive director, Ann Lefebvre, MSW, CPHQ. Ann succeeds Dr. David Garr, who is retiring after more than 15 years leading the South Carolina AHEC program.

Ann comes to the South Carolina AHEC with extensive experience as the associate director of the North Carolina AHEC program.  She has leadership experience in strategic planning methods and the incorporation of new programs into an existing organization’s infrastructure. She has been directing the North Carolina Practice Support Program, a statewide, quality improvement initiative serving primary care practices with a focus on improving clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. This program has been recognized nationally as a model for practice facilitation and coaching. Ann has helped secure more than $35 million in federal, state and philanthropic funds and has championed the use of technology in the provision of clinical care.  She has collaborated and consulted with state and federal agencies and academic health systems to advance population health and respond to evolving health care needs. 

Ann received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Handicapped Education from Plattsburgh State University and a Master of Social Work from East Carolina University. She has a faculty appointment at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine. 

Ann will join the South Carolina AHEC Program Office on November 19. Please join us in welcoming her to our state, our communities and our South Carolina AHEC System.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

South Carolina AHEC Program Office Welcomes CeCe Heyward


We would like to welcome CeCe Heyward to the South Carolina AHEC Program Office. CeCe is the Education and Evaluation Coordinator and provides essential support for South Carolina AHEC statewide projects.  She joins the project teams for many of the AHEC system’s federal, state and foundation-sponsored projects and evaluation initiatives. CeCe also serves as a liaison to partners across the state, working closely with faculty, health professionals, health professions students, regional AHEC center teams and more.

CeCe brings with her more than six years of experience coordinating and managing the implementation of multiple HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and endowment/foundation grant initiatives focused on oral health education and dental disease treatment and prevention from her previous position in the College of Dental Medicine’s Division of Population Oral Health.  CeCe has a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University in fashion merchandising and apparel design and a Masters of Public Health from MUSC with a concentration in health behavior and health promotion. CeCe is a native of Hollywood, SC, and has a son who is very comical and keeps her laughing.

Welcome CeCe! She can be reached at heywj@musc.edu or 843-792-9833. 

Lowcountry AHEC Partners to Support Research Programs

Pictured: Ormarie Vazquez Silva with the course
instructor, Wilma Rice, 
 MSN, RN, CEN

Since 2006, Lowcountry AHEC has collaborated with the South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research (SCTR) Institute at MUSC to provide essential trainings to researchers: “Basic EKG” and “Phlebotomy Skills for the Healthcare Professional.” 
Research studies have many criteria, which are different for each study. Participant recruitment is important to the studies and involves evaluating an individual’s health as well as other criteria, such as the existence of co-morbidities. These evaluations enable participants to be matched with studies based on their health and profiles. 
It is to the researcher’s advantage, as well as beneficial to MUSC, to have the required skills in phlebotomy and EKG so that all testing can be done internally. Ormarie Vazquez Silva, who is a program assistant at SCTR, attended the most recent “Basic EKG” course on August 30. “The accessibility of bringing these programs to the MUSC campus is an advantage for researchers and employees alike,” emphasizes Ms. Vazquez Silva.
Lowcountry AHEC looks forward to continued partnership supporting research initiatives and healthcare innovation in the lowcountry and beyond.
To find out more about Lowcountry AHEC's programming, visit their website.

Monday, September 3, 2018

South Carolina Family Medicine Residency Programs Complete Busy Summer of Recruitment Activities


Highlights of the 2018 American Academy of Family Physicians’ National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students

The annual American Academy of Family Physicians’ National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students was held on August 2-4, in Kansas City, Missouri. Residents, faculty and staff from nine South Carolina family medicine residency training programs attended. The conference is a great opportunity for medical students and residents to learn more about the state’s family medicine residency programs and fellowships and attend educational sessions and workshops. During the opening session, some of the nation’s top leaders and health equity advocates shared their inspirational work to address social determinants of health and reduce inequalities in health care. Other areas of focus included leadership development, clinical skills, musculoskeletal clinics, procedural skills, health policy, career planning courses and much more.  

Over 1,800 medical students from across the U.S. traveled to Kansas City for the event. Throughout the conference, the South Carolina’s family medicine residency programs stayed active at the recruiting booth, meeting medical students and potential fellows and explaining the many benefits of completing residency training in South Carolina.  


Rebecca S. Seignious Family Medicine Interest Day
The 29th Annual Rebecca S. Seignious Family Medicine Interest Day was held on August 25 at the Embassy Suites in Columbia. This event was sponsored by the statewide family practice residency directors, the South Carolina AHEC, and the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (SCAFP) to stimulate interest and enthusiasm in the field of family medicine.
Eighty-nine medical students from 16 medical schools attended, participating in a networking luncheon with members of the SCAFP and faculty and residents from South Carolina’s family medicine residency programs. Students also participated in four hands-on workshops conducted by residency program faculty and residents. 
That evening featured a recruitment fair and reception with representatives from the SCAFP, nine South Carolina family medicine residency programs, four out-of-state family medicine residency programs, and the U.S. Army. 
If you would like additional information about these events or the South Carolina’s family medicine residency programs, please contact Director of AHEC Recruitment and Retention Programs Kristin Cochran at (843) 792-6977 or cochrak@musc.edu.