Euchre fundraising event for the Health Careers Connection Program
Join us Thursday, March 28 at Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids for a friendly EUCHRE TOURNAMENT to benefit the Health Careers Connection Program! This fun event includes refreshments and prizes for players. Individuals and 2-person teams are welcome. Space is limited so register soon! Here's the printable flyer.

Contact Melissa Ponstein at (616) 771-9494 with any questions or to register. If you can’t make it to the event, your contribution to the program will enter your name into a drawing for the Founder’s Brewing Tour and Tasting for Ten.
Cherry Health Celebrates 30 years of care
On Nov. 8, the Cherry Health Foundation hosted 435 friends and supporters at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park for the 8th annual Cherry Health Celebration presented by Dickinson Wright. It was a night full of stories of hope, focused on how the past influences the future. More than $155,000 was donated to serve Cherry Health patients.
Fall 2018 AHEC CHHS Immersion Days
AHEC CHHS Immersion Days were held on November 6 and December 4 with students from Van Buren Technology Center. Fifty-four junior and senior high schools students participated along with six instructors.
Cass receives community service award
In December 2018, Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN) received the Region IV Area Agency on Aging 2018 Community Service Award. The award honors CFCN’s ongoing commitment to providing primary care services to the community and empowering adults in self-management of chronic illness.

Pictured at right: Stacey Fordyce, Diane Janssen, Mary Geegan Middleton and Worker Shirley Lee
Meet the AHEC interns for spring 2019
This year, we're pleased to have a doctoral intern in addition to our undergrad intern. Robert Near is a veteran navigator at HealthWest in Muskegon County and a full-time student in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. Program at WMU.Jessica Markosky is a senior at WMU majoring in interdisciplinary health services, with a minor in psychology.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): Is it right for my practice?
In collaboration with WMU’s Masters of Public Health program, the Western Regional AHEC is coordinating workshops on medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. The program intends to educate providers about MAT with the goal of increasing the number of providers offering buprenorphine for opioid therapy.
CHHS student highlight: Samantha Jablonski
Meet Samantha Jablonski, proud Western Michigan University alumna and current Master of Public Health student at Wayne State University.
Upcoming conferences

Hereditary Cancer 2019 - MORE INFORMATION
Friday, April 26, 2019 | 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Cost: $65
WMU-Grand Rapids Beltline Location
Registration opens Jan. 1, 2019 | Printable flier

High School to health care Van Buren mentor program
Five CHHS student volunteers from nursing; speech, language and sciences; and interdisciplinary health will be mentoring students from VBTC. Jenna Mattison, Kara Talbert, Emma Snook, Jared Bruner and Rachel Appel will bring their knowledge and experiences to help improve personal and academic success of these students from economic or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to support their interest in pursuing healthcare careers.
The ongoing opioid abuse issue in Michigan
The health and community crises resulting from opioid use disorders in the United State continues. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Michigan experienced a 13.3% increase in drug overdoses between 2014 and 2015. Therefore, we must continue to educate health care providers and the population on the risks and benefits of opioids. This past December, in cooperation with Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association of North America, we hosted a CME event on Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits for prescribers in West Michigan. Please continue to watch the WR AHEC website for upcoming continuing education on opioid use, misuse and abuse.

More information

Western Regional Center Homepage
AHEC Homepage

Connect with AHEC

Phone:(616) 771-9497
Email: via wmich.edu/ahec