SRAHEC Newsletter

Fall 2019

Fall 2019 SRAHEC Newsletter2019-11-07T21:03:16-05:00

In this issue

A Note from Our Executive Director, Sarah

Suwannee River AHEC had a busy summer and we are excited for the fall season. We have a lot of great events coming up and news to share! Please take the time to read our newsletter.  This newsletter is intended to give you an insight on the projects, events, and opportunities Suwannee River is leading or in collaboration with others. See something you are interested in, reach out for more details. We appreciate your continued support! Our next newsletter will come out after the first of the new year. We hope as we enter the holiday season you find time to enjoy it with friends, family, and loved ones.

In this issue

Letter from the Executive Director 

Meeting & Association Services Updates 

Healthy Community Updates

Meeting & Association Services

National Rural Health Day

November 21, 2019 

Join the movement, take the pledge to partner today. The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of every November to celebrate National Rural Health Day. National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America, gives us a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face, and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address those challenges.


The Providers Documentary

November 21, 2019 | Priest Theatre, High Springs, FL

FPHA Mental Health Regional Training

December 5, 2019 | Gainesville, FL

Join us at the FPHA Mental Health Regional Training to learn more about how community based mental health and substance abuse treatment systems work. Hear from community leaders who provide mental health services at a local, regional, and state level.

Screening and Prevention of

 Type II Diabetes Webinar | December 9, 2019

This webinar will provide a brief overview on the current estimates of the diabetes epidemics. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes and how to screen for people at increased risk of type 2 diabetes will be presented. In addition, the speakers will present the current scientific evidence in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes in randomized clinically controlled trials and field trials. In the end, webinar participants are encouraged to discuss with the presenters various aspects of diabetes epidemiology.

First Coast Neonatal Symposium

April 29-30 2020 | St. Augustine, FL

The First Coast Neonatal Symposium is designed to provide affordable continuing education specifically for those individuals working in neonatal intensive care units and newborn nurseries. The target audience includes: Nurses, PAs, APRNs, Respiratory Therapists, Dietitians/Nutritionists, Lactation Specialists, and other health care professionals who support quality neonatal care.


The University of Florida Pediatric Pulmonary Training Program team is interested in your thoughts regarding an upcoming FREE training and additional interdisciplinary training’s. Please take 2 minutes and complete the following survey:

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…

World No Tobacco Day

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National Women’s Health Week

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Healthy Community Update


The Great American Smokeout

November 21, 2019

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Tooth Wisdom

Our 2nd year with the Closing the Gap Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth grant from FDOH’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, is off to a great start. We have added additional counties and will now serve: Alachua, Bradford, Lafayette, Putnam, Suwannee and Union as part of our outreach. So far this year, we have attended 8 educational sessions and provided oral health education to minorities who are enrolled in the Women, Infant and Children program in 4 counties. We have also successfully completed 1 Tooth Wisdom workshop at Hathcock Community Center in Alachua and will be attending a senior health fair in Starke on November 14th.

Florida AHEC Scholars Program

Suwannee River AHEC has completed recruitment for the 2nd Cohort for the Statewide Federal AHEC Scholars Program. We received approximately 60 applications and accepted 21 new Scholars for Cohort 2. Some of their disciplines include Graduate Public Health, Graduate Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Medical, and Pre-Med. Recently, Scholars from both cohorts were invited to an Orientation Meeting for an informal Q & A session to learn more about the program. The online didactic curriculum for both cohorts has launched and experiential opportunities have been shared with all Scholar students. On October 26th, students had the opportunity to volunteer for the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, where they helped provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Scholar students will continue to be notified on more experiential opportunities as the year goes on. If you know of any opportunities that may be beneficial and of value to the Scholar students, please contact Bianca Flowers at [email protected].

From the Blog…

Vaccine Myths Busted

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