Southeast PA Area Health Education Center Update February, 2016

Dear Health Colleagues,

Celebrating the power of partnerships in addressing public health concerns, this issue will highlight teen health. Focused on the important topic of holistic health in teens, The PA Department of Public Health officially proclaimed the first ever PA Teen Health Week on January 25, 2016 at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (College). This week was spearheaded by Dr. Laura Offutt, founder of Real Talk with Dr. Offutt, with the support of local high school students and The Section on Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the College. Together, Southeast PA Area Health Education Center (SEPA AHEC), Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences and Audenreid Charter High School promoted and celebrated the first-ever PA Teen Health Week.
In this newsletter you will meet Eunice Park a student at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences.  As community service, Eunice facilitated a conversation with Audenreid Charter High School teens about the importance of teen health knowledge and positive health behaviors.  After the discussion, students designed and created neon green (the color of Teen Health Week) t-shirts with personal health statements to wear during PA Teen Health Week.
SE PA AHEC is committed to improving the health and health career opportunities for teens in our region. We value our partners and we are delighted to support PA Teen Health Week because it encourages teens to build healthy behaviors that will influence lifelong health and quality of life.      

                                                             Executive Director SEPA AHEC

Meet Eunice Park, Pharmacy Student and Community Volunteer

School: College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences
Graduation date and degree:  Doctorate in pharmacy (PharmD.)  May 2016

What is your dream job in the health professions and why?
My dream job is to work as a pharmacist in a nutritional clinic, more specifically serving those with eating and body image disorders. 

What was the highlight of Teen Health Week activity with Audenried students?
I would have to say the highlight was having discussions with the students. Initially, I was nervous the students would be unresponsive. Thankfully, the students actively participated which made the entire experience very enjoyable. 

Why should health professions students volunteer to promote teen health?  
Health profession students are knowledgeable about the body, diseases, and health in general. We are close in age with high school students and understand and relate easily to their life challenges. Rather than giving facts, I believe it is important for students to know that someone is going through similar things. For example, I shared with the Audenreid students that I struggle with diet, emotional eating and stress. 

Any interesting background or hobbies?
I am a California girl and miss going to the beaches often. I like to de-stress by working on 1000 piece puzzles. I try to be as active as possible by hiking, kayaking, and taking martial arts classes. I enjoy cooking and baking. 
Stay in touch
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Apply now for Loan Repayment 

Last week HRSA released the 2016 Application and Program Guidance for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program.  The application cycle will close on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET.  

The program awards up to $50,000 (tax-free) to health care professionals to repay their student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at an approved NHSC site in a high-need, underserved area.  With continued service, an LRP award recipient could pay off all of their educational debt.
Applicants may visit the NHSC Loan Repayment Program webpage to learn more.

Free but Priceless CME

HPV Cancer Prevention

Title: “You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention: Understanding the Burden of HPV Disease, the Importance of the HPV Vaccine Recommendation, and Communicating About HPV Vaccination” 
Faculty: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Credits available:
1.5 ACCME credit hours for physicians
1.4 ANCC contact hours for nurses
1.4 ACPE contact hours for pharmacists
This presentation includes up-to-date information on HPV infection/disease, the HPV vaccine, and ways to successfully communicate with patients and parents about it. 
While the presentation is free; we ask that you complete the participation survey when you are finished, in return for watching it.
Jointly provided by Postgraduate institute for Medicine and the National AHEC Organization Funding for this self-study guide was made possible by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Grant No. 1H23IP000960-01 to the National AHEC Organization. The views expressed in this written document do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
An Intro to Health Information Resources for Teens

This 1-hour, archived webinar is available at no cost to anyone with an interest in teen health information literacy. After participating you will be able to:

  1. Define health information literacy
  2. Describe the role of the NLM and the NN/LM within a health information context
  3. List teen appropriate health information resources from the NLM and other organizations to use in your programming
  4. Identify at least 2 health information careers and resources about health–related professions
While the webinar is free, we ask that in return for watching it, please take the ten question participation survey when you are finished.
Access the webinar and the participation survey here:
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