The ST-AHEC is pleased to announce the opening of the application process for Winter 2019.
The AHEC Scholars Program is a unique opportunity for health and health related discipline students to gain professional experience working in an interprofessional team-based community or clinical care setting, while they are still in school. This two-year program offers didactic and practical learning experiences that enhance a student's traditional curriculum by offering opportunities to:
Community Health Worker Course Finalized in Maverick County
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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.
Graduates of the Community Health Worker Courses in Maverick County
College Enrichment College Enrichment Program Concludes
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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.
CEP Group Standing in Front of the School of Nursing at UT-Health SA
After 3 months of rigorous piloting, the South Texas AHEC Scholars Program is ready to launch
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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.
South Texas AHEC Improving Access to Care and Improving Lives
Friday, August 10, 2018
The South Texas AHEC was featured by the Tribute, the magazine of the School of Nursing at University of Texas-San Antonio. Catherine Duncan's article highlights the AHEC goals, mission, and five-year funding from HRSA. Read the entire article here: https://magazines.uthscsa.edu/tribute/2018/05/04/st-ahec/.
(left to right) Julie Bazan, Janna Lesser, Belinda Flores, Andrea Moreno-Vasquez, Ariel Gomez, Rosa Martinez, Annette Zavala, Joe Zapata, Sandi Duggan, Armando Lopez and Paula Winkler
AHEC Scholars Applications Now Open
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
If you are a student currently enrolled or accepted to a health or health related profession program and are interested in a great opportunity to work in a team-based community-focused setting. Please visit our AHEC Scholars webpage for more information and to access the application.
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.