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Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center

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2017 Summer Camp Opportunities - Click images below for more details

Memorial Hospital &
Health Care Center
Vincennes University
Jasper Campus

Health Careers Camp
July 26-28
Registration Deadline: June 2

Go Viral
Public Health Camp
June 5-9
Registration currently closed

SWI-AHEC Health Careers
Exploration Program
June 19-21
Registration currently closed

Jasper Camp registration closed image for go viral Health Careers Exploration Registration Closed

For high school students who
will be sophomores, juniors
and seniors in Fall 2017

For current 7th and 8th graders in
Gibson, Posey, Spencer,
Vanderburgh and
Warrick counties

For current high school freshmen,
sophomores and juniors
from regional high schools

African Americans and the Disability Experience Exhibit

Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (SWI-AHEC) partnered with the Evansville African American Museum for a special exhibition, African Americans and the Disability Experience: From Colonial Times, Desegregation, Advocacy and Achievement, April 7-26 at the museum, located at 579 S. Garvin Street.

The traveling exhibit was from the Museum of disABILITY History in Buffalo, New York, which is dedicated to advancing the understanding, acceptance and independence of people with disabilities. African Americans and the Disability Experience covers the first African slaves brought to colonial America, Brown v. Board, civil rights and medical accomplishments.

A special “Fabulous First Friday” round table discussion opened the exhibit on Friday, April 7 from 6-7 p.m. 

AIS Health Fair

Wellness Fair flyerUSI students enrolled in Health Services courses in the College of Nursing and Health Professions collaborated with SWI-AHEC for the second annual health fair at the Academy of Innovative Studies (AIS), First Avenue Campus, in Evansville on Friday, April 7, 2017 – offering not only resources for health and wellness but a glimpse into college life and health careers.

For the second year in a row, the HP378 students were the fair organizers again. They decided who would be ideal vendors for the fair, divided up the potential vendors and then contacted each vendor to see if they were interested. “It’s been quite the learning experience for them to get a hold of different organizations and get verbal agreement to participate,” said Dr. Reynolds. “They also designed the flyer for the event and will plan the layout of tables for the vendors.”

The Health Services faculty was awarded a $3,000 Major as a Home grant to purchase supplies for the fair. The first 400 attendees received a bag with a stress ball and color changing cup.

Students from the other USI courses were involved as exhibitors, offering various services such as blood pressure checks, nutrition advice and stress reduction.

Click here for additional information about the AIS Wellness Fair.

SWI-AHEC project receives Leadership Evansville award

CNA Program with Award

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at Academy for Innovative Studies (AIS), First Avenue, received the Leadership Evansville Visionary Award during the 2017 Celebration of Leadership on March 9. Southwest Indiana AHEC partnered with the Southwestern Indiana Health Services Academy to develop the CNA program, allowing students to obtain a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate while earning their high school diploma. Being enrolled in this program has resulted in students improving their attendance, grades and behavior by as much as 85 percent, and 100 percent of the students were offered employment prior to graduation. In addition, employers report that students are well-prepared with the right skills and great attitudes.

“Our first three CNA cohorts have passed Indiana State Boards with a 100 percent pass rate,” said Kerseclia L. Patterson, academic outreach coordinator for SWI-AHEC. “We launched our fourth cohort in January 2017. AHEC thanks everyone who has supported this ‘leap of faith’ vision.”

Another project connected with SWI-AHEC, the Youth Mental Health First Aid Project Aware of Southwest Indiana, was also nominated for a Leadership Evansville award. In 2015, Patterson was one of 11 individuals from Vanderburgh and Warrick counties to complete 40 hours of instructor training through the Youth Mental Health First Aid Project Aware of Southwest Indiana. Since then, instructors have held 26 trainings for approximately 450 "first-aiders," according to Janie Chappell, RN, MSN, at Deaconess Cross Pointe. Youth Mental Health First Aid Project Aware of Southwest Indiana received federal grant funding to train instructors and conduct community trainings for adults who work with youth in a variety of settings.

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