South Texas Area Health Education Centers (ST-AHEC)
The purpose of the ST-AHEC Program is to develop and enhance education and training networks within communities, academic institutions, and community-based organizations to increase diversity among health professional, broaden the distribution of the health workforce, enhance health care quality, and improve health care delivery to rural and underserved areas and populations. The South Texas Area Health Education (ST-AHEC) Program office provides administrative, fiscal and programmatic oversight to five regional Centers. The South Texas AHEC is now housed at the UT-Health School of Nursing and reports to Dean Eileen T. Breslin.
On May 3rd, the Southwest Border AHEC started two CommunityHealth Worker certification courses in Maverick County. The AHEC center had a total of 24 Maverick County residents enrolled in the CHW course. The individuals enrolled in the CHW courses were interested in the certification for better job opportunities. As of today, 16 out of the 24 CHW course completers are employed by local organizations and businesses.
The Southwest Border AHEC collaborated with the Southwest Texas Junior College in a college enrichment program from May 14th through 25th. The College Enrichment Program (CEP) is a tuition free two-week program for undergraduate freshmen and sophomores interested in entering the health professions. Fifteen eager students were selected for the program.
Set to begin in September 2018, health profession students from the lower 35-counties will set on a 2-year journey to ascertain if scholars from different professional disciplines, such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and others, can work together better, learn more about the roles and responsibilities of other health professions, and broaden their scope of practice and learn strategies to become a better practitioner. This is called IPE or Interprofessional Education.
Set for September 26th through 28th, the San Antonio Geriatric and Palliative Education (SAGE) Symposium is the regions premier inter-professional continuing education conference for primary care physicians, nurses, and social workers focused on improving health care for older adults. The first two days of the SAGE Symposium are focused on reviewing key geriatric and palliative care concepts. Skills sessions will include topics such as assistive devices for hearing loss in the elderly, fall assessment and prevention, completing advanced directives, and redefining hope. Providers should leave these two days of the conference with renewed confidence in their ability to perform at least 4 geriatric or palliative skills. The third day of the SAGE Symposium starts with a Senior Community Health Fair. Providers will utilize the skills they learned in days 1 and 2, by staffing booths in the health fair. The SAGE Symposium will be located at the La Quinta Inn & Suites, 4431 Horizon Hill Blvd., in San Antonio’s Medical Center. To register, follow this link or call 210-617-5300 x14212 for more information.
Community membrs, students, health care practitioners, and researchers are welcomed to the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science’s (IIMS) 2018 sympoisum. This event will be held on September 29th from 8:00am to 2:30pm at the Witte Museum at 3801 Broadway St., San Antonio, Texas 78209. The goal of the symposium is to showcase current projects within different phases of the translational spectrum for possible future collaborations; identify methods for engaging the community in all phases of research; and build the capacity of the community stakeholders and and researchers interested in community and campus partnerships. The IIMS is also seeking poster abstracts from individuals who are, or would, like to be part of a community-campus partnership. The IIMS is also seeking applications to recognize outstanding individuals who have worked as part of a community-campus research partnership for the improved health and well-being of South Texas communities. CHW and CHES CEUs are available. To regisiter for this event, submit poster abstracts, or nominate an individual, follow this link. For more information, call 210-562-4087 or email IIMS-CE.
The Caring for the Caregiver program and the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Disease are working together to support the health and well-being of people with dementia and their family caregivers. Please join this FREE town hall on October 4th, 2018, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm to learn how San Antonio is becoming a “Dementia City.” At the town hall, you will become familiar with what dementia friendly means for our community and gain a better understanding of how neighbors and communities can support people with dementia and caregivers. Refreshments will be provided, and parking will be free. The town hall will be located in the Academic Learning and Teaching Center, 3rd Floor, Room 304 (UT-Health San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229). If you have any questions, please contact Sara Masoud by email or by phone: 210-450-8487. You can RSVP Here.