SRAHEC Newsletter

March 2019

March 2019 SRAHEC Newsletter2019-03-29T18:32:26-04:00

In this issue

Letter from the Executive Director

Professional Education Updates

Healthy Community Updates

A Note from Our Executive Director, Sarah

Happy Spring! Things are blooming, birds are chirping, and the weather is beautiful (for now…). Suwannee River AHEC has been ever so busy with all of our programs and projects. As we enter Quarter 4 of the Fiscal Year we are wrapping up our opioid project, the tobacco team is providing tailored programs for behavioral health sites, the professional education team is in the process of re-branding their services, and the oral health program is expanding into new counties. As a team we are taking the time to reflect on our work, and plan for the new Fiscal Year. We look forward to our continued partnerships and working with our communities.

In this issue

Professional Education

First Coast Neonatal Symposium

April 1-2, 2019 | Jacksonville, FL

The First Coast Neonatal Symposium provides professionals working in Level II-III NICU’s and newborn nurseries the opportunity to expand their clinical knowledge and skills by providing a wide range of topics and presentations in an intimate setting.

11th Annual Rural Tobacco Summit

May 2, 2019 | Starke, FL

This annual summit is designed to provide health professionals, community educators and tobacco treatment specialists with up-to-date information on best practices in tobacco cessation with a focus on rural communities.


FSU College of Medicine Tobacco Treatment Specialist Re-Certification Training

May 13-14, 2019 | St. Augustine, FL

This training is for Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists (CTTS) who need hours for re-certification and Tobacco Treatment Specialists (TTS) seeking hours for certification or similar purposes.


FPHA Health Equity Regional Training

May 22, 2019 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Join us to look at increased ways to collaborate in achieving health equity for members of our communities. Presentations will focus on health equity and how they relate to various topics such as HIV, immunizations, the opioid crisis, dental health and tobacco.


Our team has also been hard at work educating health professionals and the community about the HPV Vaccine.

Below are some free HPV trainings coming up:

April 30th from 3pm-4:15pm: This one-hour webinar will speed through the highlights of quality improvement for primary care offices, with a focus on increasing HPV vaccination rates. Visit here to register. (CE credits for nursing are pending)

HPV Vaccine Safety – Self Study Guide: This self-study guide will give you a better understanding of the background of the HPV vaccine, as well as how to effectively recommend it to patients and their families. (CE/CME approved for physicians, nurses and pharmacists)

Suwannee River AHEC offers a wide range of online courses available to allied health professionals. Full details about courses, registration and pricing can be found on our Distance Learning Page.

Below you will find a few of the online courses offered by Suwannee River AHEC.

From the blog…

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Healthy Community Update


Tooth Wisdom

SRAHEC, in partnership with Oral Health America and the Florida Department of Health, has been hosting Tooth Wisdom workshops in various counties. Each workshop is one hour long, and helps educate older adults on the basics of daily oral care. To learn more, visit our Tooth Wisdom page and check out the #toothwisdom hashtag on our Twitter and Facebook.

The next Tooth Wisdom workshop will take place on April 9 at the Suwannee River Regional Library.

Statewide Opioid Project

The AHECs across the state have developed a statewide opioid curricula for healthcare professionals and healthcare students, and are preparing to implement the trainings in between now and June. These trainings, supported by the Department of Children and Families, will provide professionals and healthcare students with valuable and evidence-based materials to fill in the educational gaps about opioids.

Florida AHEC Scholars Program

The Florida AHEC Scholars program is going well, we have retained 13 of our 15 students. Our Scholars are engaged and eager to learn the didactic materials and participate in experiential opportunities. One of our recent experiential offerings was registration for the 2019 FRHA Summit. We were pleased to have two of our Florida AHEC Scholars join us at the 2019 FRHA Summit. We were excited to network and speak with our students during this excellent Summit!

From the Blog…

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