Spotlight: Two community organizations set to host students for the AHEC Scholars Program
Students accepted into the upcoming AHEC Scholars pilot program beginning March 1st are required to complete a 10-hour community/clinic rotation, in addition to 10-hours of didactic training. South Central AHEC, along with South Coastal AHEC, will be one of the first AHEC sites to host students as part of the AHEC Scholars program and have set up several partnerships within their respective region for students to complete their community/clinic rotation. South Central AHEC would like to highlight its’ partnership with El Bari Community Health Center and Reaching Maximum Independence, Inc.
Targeted Access to Community Knowledge, Linkage to treatment and Education- Dr. Waridibo Allison, an infectious diseases and internal medicine doctor at the University of Texas Health at San Antonio, recently partnered with South Central AHEC to lead an area network of five Ryan White HIV/AIDS program (RWHAP) funded clinics in implementing comprehensive, effective HCV screening and care treatment systems in people living with HIV including people of color across four South Texas counties.
Dr. Fozia Ali, family physician, associate professor at UT Health, and an avid AHEC partner and Bexar TAB member, recently taught a Pakistani cooking class at the Raindrop Turkish House. Raindrop, a non-profit community center founded by Turkish-Americans in Houston in 2000, hosts monthly cooking series called Celebrating the International Flavors of San Antonio, as a way to cultivate friendship and promote understanding of diverse cultures.
Southwest Border AHEC and the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas in Eagle Pass have been notified by the Institute of Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS) that their grant partner, Dr. Wari Allison at UT Health San Antonio has been awarded a small community engagement grant through their Clinical Translation Science Award (CTSA) mechanism. The purpose of the grant is to perform a needs-assessment to determine the burden of chronic HCV infection in the Kickapoo Tribe population.
Starting back in October, South Central AHEC partnered with UT School of Public health to host high school students from across San Antonio and start a Population Health Club. Since then, students have been meeting on a monthly basis and have learned about GIS Mapping, Emergency Preparedness and much more! The club is now gearing up to start the New Year with new and exciting topics and activities that include a Poverty Simulation with Dr. Adelita Cantu, an assistant professor with the UT Health School of Nursing and an Alzheimer’s/Dementia Virtual Tour with Dr.
South Central AHEC Hosts Culinary Medicine Presentation
Michael Wargovich, Ph.D, a professor in department of Molecular Medicine, partnered with South Central AHEC to provide a presentation on his current research on culinary medicine to high school students and other UTHSCSA faculty. Culinary Medicine is the idea of utilizing a unique combination of nutrition and culinary knowledge to assist patients in achieving and maintain optimal health. Dr. Wargovich’s presentation focused heavily on the uses of spices and the positive effects of these spices on our bodies, especially when it comes to the “chemoprevention” of cancer.
Laredo, Texas – The MRGB-AHEC student leadership program members met on Saturday, December 16th at the MRGB-AHEC main office. This gathering served as the annual meeting for the membership which is made up of 500+ members. The day’s highlight motivated students to learn about the democratic election process and the importance of exercising the right to vote. The student group nominated several students for the various officer positions. Each student who accepted the nomination and showed an interest in serving as an officer was given time to present their qualifications, their plan
On Tuesday, December 19th, the Area Health Education Center of the Mid Rio Grande Border (MRGB-AHEC) was recognized and received the Collaboration Award by the Workforce Solutions for South Texas. This award was presented to the MRGB-AHEC for the contributions made in support of the Summer Earn & Learn Program and for being a strong partner and supporter of the Workforce Solutions System.
Sandra Duggan, Co-Director for the ST-AHEC, and Annette Idar, Account Coordinator, have moved from Bluff Creek Tower to the School of Nursing. Additionally, Janna Lesser, Joe Zapata and Andrea Moreno-Vasquez, have moved to a new "swing space" across from the School of Nursing. If you need to contact Andrea Moreno-Vasquez, her new phone number is 210-450-8451; Joe Zapata and Janna Lesser can still be reached at our original number 210-567-0482.
Bexar County TAB, the Madonna Center & Oral Health Research
Dr. Rahma Mungia, with the UT Health San Antonio- South Texas Oral Health Network, recently reached out to South Central AHEC and the Bexar County Translational Advisory Board (TAB) to partner on a Dry Mouth Web project with the Madonna Center. Dry mouth, also known as “xerostomia” is a common, but frequently, overlooked symptom that is typically associated with salivary gland hypofunction and reduced salivary flow. It currently affects millions of people across the US with the prevalence estimated from 5.5% to 46%.
The Southwest Boarder AHEC Certifes Students for CPR
Earlier this fall, the Southwest Boarder AHEC coordinated a Heartsaver/AED/First Aid Certification Class for students at the Health Science Del Rio High School (San Felipe Del Rio CISD). Developed by the American Heart Association, Heart saver CPR AED, is a video based, instructor-led course used to teach CPR and AED use, infant CPR, and how to relieve individuals who are choking. The training was conducted by 2 instructors who are part of the Air Evac Life Team: Carrie Hill and Allen Shoults.
AHEC Scholars Program is Accepting Applicants: The South Texas AHEC Program is now accepting applicants for the AHEC Scholars Program. We are hoping to recruit at least 5 students from two of our AHEC areas (South Central and South Coastal) for our pilot, which will take place from March 1st – May 31st. Students from all health disciplines (nursing, medicine, dentistry, OT, PT, social work, counseling, etc.) are invited to participate.
The SCo-AHEC is moving to a new building in order to continue to expand their services to the south coastal region. The new offices will allow more room for teaching and training, as we continue to grow. The move is scheduled for November 4, 2017. The new address will be: 400 Mann Street, Suite 600 Corpus Christi, TX 78401, Phone: (361) 881-8133.
UT School of Public Health and South Central AHEC hosts its first ever Pop Health Club meeting on Saturday, October 14, 2017 for high school students all across San Antonio. The club meets on a monthly basis to engage with students and expose them to the meaning of population health, how it relates to their own health, and the future opportunities and careers in population health. The club is free, and open to all high school students. They meet every second Saturday of the month from 9 to 12:00pm at UT School of Public Health.
New Rotation Site for Family and Community Medicine Residency
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
The UT Health San Antonio Family and Community Medicine Residency program recently started a new community rotation site at the El Bari Clinic with the guidance of South Central AHEC. The El Bari Clinic is a free charity clinic for the medically underserved of San Antonio. Housed at the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center, the clinic runs solely on volunteers and provides services every Friday and Sunday from 11-2:00pm.