NEWSLETTER

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The Eastcentral Enquirer
Proudly serving Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill Counties
Volume 1
November 3, 2021
Making Community Connections For 20 Years

SEARCH Academy & SAT/ACT Prep
Eastcentral PA AHEC is proud to offer both SEARCH Academy and The Princeton Review SAT/ACT Prep Program. 
The SEARCH Academy, which meets monthly, connects high school students to health career experts. Students will experience keynote addresses presented by a variety of healthcare professionals and participate in hands on breakout sessions. The SEARCH Academy is open to all high school students. To register for future sessions visit www.paahecsearch.org
High school students can also benefit from reduced rates for The Princeton Review SAT/ACT Prep Program. Through Eastcentral PA AHEC, high school students can access this program for $60 (regularly $299.00). Contact Eric Firestone at efirestone@ecneahec.org for more information.





Eastcentral Contacts
 
Director: Lori Chaplin Masterson
 
Business Manager: Cindy Lynd
              clynd@ecneahec.org
 
Health Educator: Elizabeth Schaffer
              eschaffer@ecneahec.org
 
Health Educator: Eric Firestone
              efirestone@ecneahec.org

Visit our website at: ecneahec.org
 
 
 
 

In Our Backyard
St. Luke’s Carbon Campus, opening soon, will provide a much-needed new hospital and wellness complex for surrounding communities and is the first new hospital built in Carbon County in sixty-five years. The hospital has state-of-the-art operating rooms, advanced radiology and diagnostic technology and Level IV trauma emergency care as well as provide acute, critical, and chronic medical care. Wellness resources will include opportunities to improve one’s health through fitness, health education and nutrition. Within a year of opening the main campus, there will be a medical office building constructed which will include services for cancer, cardiac, orthopedic care, pain management, physical therapy, physicians’ offices, and a full-size fitness center. The complex will include a fitness-walking trail, and meditation and healing gardens to help people physically, emotionally, and spiritually. St. Luke’s is committed to improving the health and well-being of the community and it is evident with this innovative rural medical center and wellness complex that brings healthcare access, convenience, and quality to the residents of Carbon County.
Special Recognition: Jamie Lee Santana
Jamie Lee Santana was part of the first Community Health Worker Training Program in 2009, offered through a collaborative effort of community stakeholders initiated by the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) as part of their Lehigh Valley Community Health Connectors Pilot Program. This effort of bringing community partners together in the Lehigh Valley resulted in development of the CHW Training Program by Eastcentral PA AHEC.
Santana graduated from Lehigh Carbon Community College in May 2020 with an Associate in Arts – Social Work degree and is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Temple University. She was named the first Chair of The Pennsylvania Community Health Worker Association.
Santana is a CHW for Valley Health Partners, a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike, associated with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). She also serves on the Pennsylvania CHW Certification Advisory Board, Steering Committee, which developed the CHW Certification process.
You’re Invited!
Calling all education and health professionals!
Please join us for the first annual EC/NE PA AHEC Summit on December 1st from 8:30-3:00 at the Fowler Family Southside Center at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem! This summit, which is free of charge, will highlight AHEC programs and feature Keynote Speaker, Dr. N. Benjamin Fredrick from the Penn State College of Medicine. This will be a day of networking and connecting with your regional AHEC to support students from middle school through post-secondary education who wish to pursue a career in a health-related field.
Breakfast and lunch will be served! Please email lmasterson@ecneahec.org to confirm your seat! Reservations will be taken through November 22nd.
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February 2022
Volume 2

EC PA AHEC Hosts First Ever Summit 

In early December, the Eastcentral PA AHEC office hosted the first ever AHEC Summit, to connect health educators with community professionals at Northampton Community College’s Fowler Center in Bethlehem. The event, which was held in conjunction with the NE PA AHEC office, outlined programs such as SEARCH Academy, AHEC Scholars Program and SAT/ACT Prep courses. Participants walked away with a binder of resources to support their programs.
The highlight of the Summit was keynote speaker Dr. Ben Fredrick, Director of the PA AHEC Program Office and Director of the Global Health Center at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Fredrick gave participants a history of AHEC and led a discussion on the importance of providing high quality healthcare to underserved and rural communities.
Participants in the Summit also learned about the importance of self-care, made professional connections with each other, and engaged in tabletop discussions about health-related topics.
For more information about AHEC, the SEARCH Academy, Scholars or SAT/ACT Prep courses, please visit the Eastcentral PA AHEC website at https://ecneahec.org/indexEC.php or call 610.379.2001.

SEARCH - SAT/ACT

Eastcentral PA AHEC is proud to offer both SEARCH Academy and The Princeton Review SAT/ACT Prep Program. 
The SEARCH Academy, which meets monthly, connects high school students to health career experts. Students will experience keynote addresses presented by a variety of healthcare professionals and participate in hands on breakout sessions. The SEARCH Academy is open to all high school students. To register for future sessions visit www.paahecsearch.org
High school students can also benefit from reduced rates for The Princeton Review SAT/ACT Prep Program. Through Eastcentral PA AHEC, high school students can access this program for $60 (regularly $299.00). Contact Eric Firestone at efirestone@ecneahec.org for more information.

In our Backyard


Northampton Community College and Eastcentral PA AHEC have a longstanding partnership in expanding the educational opportunities within the service area. NCC currently partners with AHEC to offer Community Health Worker, Medical Secretary, and Social and Human Services Assistant Certificate programs. These short-term programs (ranging from 100-170 hours) provide students with critical adult education, workplace, and occupational training skills needed to rapidly attach students to the workforce. Programs are designed to place students in high priority occupations that allow for upward mobility along a career pathway.

Over the course of several years, staff members from AHEC, NCC’s Center for College and Career Readiness, NCC’s Center for Business and Industry, and NCC’s Center for Healthcare Education have continued to refine programming to meet the needs of employers and the community. These refinements provided an opportunity for Center for College and Career Readiness with the platform needed to be awarded funds to provide free Social and Human Service Assistant training to English as a Second Language students enrolled in EL Civics classes. In December, the Center was awarded an Out-of-School Youth grant to train 10 students ages 18-24 in the medical secretary field.

In addition, our partnership will result in a submission of an Integrated Education Training designation for Community Health Worker and Medical Secretary Certificate programs to allow students to be dually enrolled in English as a Second Language or adult basic education while attending these postsecondary trainings. Providing an accelerated pathway to educational opportunities benefits students and communities by infusing new human capital into the workforce while addressing the current challenges our community and healthcare systems face. 


AHEC Champion of The Quarter: Leslie Petroff

Eastcentral PA AHEC would like to send a special shout out and thank you to Leslie Petroff for all her help and support. Leslie has her Master in Public Health Degree, is an Army veteran, and a member of the NE PA AHEC staff. Leslie has been a part of the AHEC family for 4 years as a Health Educator - facilitating trainings in Mental Health First Aid, CPR/FA/AED, and is the AHEC Scholars guru. She was an integral part of the AHEC 2021 Getting to Know Us Summit. Eastcentral PA AHEC is proud to have partners like Leslie and the NE PA AHEC.



New Year, New Opportunities!

The Eastcentral AHEC is proud to offer upcoming FREE information sessions for our Accredited Community Healthcare Worker Training Program! All sessions take place via Zoom and questions are always welcomed!
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May 2022
Volume 3

SEARCH - SAT/ACT

Eastcentral PA AHEC is proud to offer both SEARCH Academy and The Princeton Review SAT/ACT Prep Program. 
The SEARCH Academy, which meets monthly, connects high school students to health career experts. Students will experience keynote addresses presented by a variety of healthcare professionals and participate in hands on breakout sessions. The SEARCH Academy is open to all high school students. To register for future sessions visit www.paahecsearch.org
High school students can also benefit from reduced rates for The Princeton Review SAT/ACT Prep Program. Through Eastcentral PA AHEC, high school students can access this program for $60 (regularly $299.00). Contact Eric Firestone at efirestone@ecpennahec.org for more information.

In our Backyard

On April 22nd 2022, The Eastcentral AHEC took part in the Carbon County Collaborative. Founded in 2010, the Interagency and Family Collaborative Board (IFCB) created a community-wide approach to address health and human services issues. To keep pace with change, the IFCB evolved, and this is reflected in their new name: The Carbon Collaborative. This years Human Service Priority Breakfast featured speakers from various organizations across Carbon County with the theme being Resilience. With guests ranging from multiple Health fields, State Representatives, and even a cardboard cut out of Dolly Parton herself, the event brought together individuals from all over the county with Resiliency in mind. From touching speeches to great opportunities for networking, the breakfast allowed for conversations to happen that hadn't happened in person since before the pandemic. By the end of the breakfast, everyone including Dolly, came away with new connections, lots of valuable information, and a great sense of what Resiliency means to so many in the community!

AHEC Champion of The Quarter: Kelly Braun

The Eastcentral PA AHEC would like to send a special shout out and thank you to Kelly Braun.

Kelly is the Rural Primary Care Integration Coordinator for the PA Office of Rural Health. Kelly has a master’s degree in dental hygiene. She is a member of the Northcentral PA AHEC Board and is strong advocate and supporter of our Community Health Worker Training Program. Kelly seamlessly took over presenting oral health for our CHW Training program in 2020. She has become an integral part of our training providing oral health information across the lifespan with a special focus on rural areas. Kelly has educated many on the importance of fluoride and water and is key a component of the PA Annual Oral Health Conference. Eastcentral PA AHEC is honored to partner with Kelly and the PA Office Rural Health.


Opportunities Are Everywhere!

The Eastcentral AHEC is proud to offer upcoming FREE information sessions for our Accredited Community Healthcare Worker Training Program! All sessions take place via Zoom and questions are always welcomed!
"Brand New Me"
Just Like the changing of the seasons, here at the Eastcentral AHEC we have seen many great changes and we would like to share them with you! We are proud to introduce you to our brand new emails and website!
Lori Chaplin: lchaplin@ecpennahec.org
Cindy Lynd: clynd@ecpennahec.org
Elizabeth Schaffer: eschaffer@ecpennahec.org
Eric Firestone: efirestone@ecpennahec.org
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August 2022
Volume 4
Big Things Are Happening!
Pennsylvania's 1st Annual Community Health Worker Conference
Eastcentral & Northcentral PA AHEC & Temple University Harrisburg are happy to announce that:

REGISTRATION IS OPENING VERY SOON!!

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2022- Friday, September 30, 2022

Where: Wyndham Garden
310 Elks Club Road, Boalsburg, Pennsylvania 16827

Please note due to the Penn Stater being sold the conference venue has be changed.

Cost: $250 full conference registration- including lunches, networking dinner, t-shirt, bag & materials.
Save The Date!

SEARCH - SAT/ACT

Eastcentral PA AHEC is proud to offer both SEARCH Academy and The Princeton Review SAT/ACT Prep Program. 
The SEARCH Academy, which meets monthly, connects high school students to health career experts. Students will experience keynote addresses presented by a variety of healthcare professionals and participate in hands on breakout sessions. The SEARCH Academy is open to all high school students. To register for future sessions visit www.paahecsearch.org
High school students can also benefit from reduced rates for The Princeton Review SAT/ACT Prep Program. Through Eastcentral PA AHEC, high school students can access this program for $60 (regularly $299.00). Contact Eric Firestone at efirestone@ecpennahec.org for more information.

In our Backyard

LVHN Cuts Ribbon to Open Lehigh Valley Hospital–Carbon
Lehighton, Pa. (June 6, 2022) – Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) today cut the ribbon to welcome Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Carbon as its newest facility. The 100,587-square-foot campus on Blakeslee Drive in Lehighton is home to a full-service community hospital with access to exceptional emergency care, a 16-bed emergency room (ER), and a health center providing specialty services. “At LVHN we firmly believe ‘your health deserves a partner,’” says Brian A. Nester, DO, MBA, LVHN President and Chief Operating Officer (CEO). “A health partner is here for you in times of illness or crisis. We’re also here for you to help you get well and stay well. In many aspects of life, choosing a great partner can make it so much better.” “We listened to the community,” says Terrence J. Purcell, MBA, President, LVHN Northwest Region. “Our response is what you see here, today – a beautiful new hospital and health center, and the opportunity for even more programs and services to come.” Services provided at LVH–Carbon include:

·       24/7, year-round physician-staffed ER. Many of the attending doctors will be from LVH–Cedar Crest’s Level 1 Trauma Center. A helipad is available for times when a higher level of care is needed.
 
·       All 20 ultra-modern inpatient rooms are welcoming and private, allowing patients to focus on healing. Telehealth technology in each room provides virtual care, if needed, with LVHN specialists.
 
·       Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute expertise to provide a
range of diagnostic services to get a better picture of your heart health.

·       State-of-the-art surgical suites for orthopedics, general surgery, ENT, urology, GI and spine under the leadership of Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence .

·       Advanced imaging department providing MRI, CT, ultrasound and X-ray.

·       Rehabilitation services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and other rehab specialties, will be available for adult patients.

·       Cancer services through Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute .
Expanded services and access to more clinical experience. You will receive compassionate, multidisciplinary cancer care at LVH–Carbon, part of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance . LVH–Carbon also will have an infusion center, so you don’t have to travel to receive treatments, as well as genetic counseling to help you make informed decisions about your health.

·      The Health Center at LVH–Carbon will house Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) obstetrics and gynecology, ENT, GI, urology, orthopedics, spine, and general surgery, including specialty neurology and pulmonology services.

The well-being of patients and visitors is always on the forefront. That is why LVH–Carbon campus was designed to be easily navigated, and the most advanced safety measures are put into place. Additional amenities include convenient parking options, smart car-charging stations, relaxing waiting and family consultation rooms, and dedicated staff to provide guidance and assistance. LVH–Carbon President Christine Biege says, “Great health care involves more than brick and mortar, the latest technology, or access to services and specialists. Great health care starts with people. Friend caring for friend. Neighbor caring for neighbor. Our pledge is that you will find exceptional health care here at LVH–Carbon.”


AHEC Champion of The Quarter: Diamond Poyer

The Eastcentral PA AHEC would like to send a special shout out to Diamond Poyer. Diamond will lead the kick off session: Culture of Care at the upcoming Community Health Worker Conference in September hosted by Eastcentral and Northcentral PA AHECs and Temple University Harrisburg. Diamond has been an integral part of PA’s 1st Annual Community Health Worker Conference team.

Diamond is the Program Manager, Conferences & Events for Temple University, managing operations for the virtual Community Health Worker Training Program. Diamond has a master’s degree in education in adult & organizational development with training and development focus. She also earned the Strengths-based Leadership Certificate in 2019 before becoming an adjunct instructor for the program. Diamond also instructed for the Strengths-based Family Workers Credentialing Program and the Community Health Worker Training Program before advancing to the program manager role. Diamond is a certified master coach, certified stress management coach and yoga instructor offering life, career and wellness coaching services to partner with individuals seeking to feed their craving for change through mindset and lifestyle transformation. Diamond has co-created space for community members to grow into their goals across career roles in work through education, child protective services, youth and young adult services, workforce development, professional development and coaching. Diamond is intentional about integrating whole person, trauma-informed and strengths-based approaches into the training programs, conferences and events to develop reflective and effective community health workers.


Opportunities Are Everywhere!

The Eastcentral AHEC is proud to offer upcoming FREE information sessions for our Accredited Community Healthcare Worker Training Program! All sessions take place via Zoom and questions are always welcomed!
"Brand New Me"
Just Like the changing of the seasons, here at the Eastcentral AHEC we have seen many great changes and we would like to share them with you! We are proud to introduce you to our brand new emails and website!
Lori Chaplin: lchaplin@ecpennahec.org
Cindy Lynd: clynd@ecpennahec.org
Elizabeth Schaffer: eschaffer@ecpennahec.org
Eric Firestone: efirestone@ecpennahec.org