UMass Medical School experts to present on quality improvement, competency-based education at National AHEC Organization conference

June 22, 2016

UMass Medical School experts will present on the role of quality improvement and competency-based education in expanding and improving the health care workforce at the National AHEC Organization conference June 27-30 in Washington, D.C.

Four representatives of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division will speak at the conference. Linda J. Cragin, MS, director of the Massachusetts Area Health Education Center (MassAHEC) Network, a unit within Commonwealth Medicine, will facilitate a discussion about the future scope of AHECs. Ruth Aboagye, MBA, CSSBB, a project coordinator in the Center for Health Policy and Research, Debi Lang, MS, program manager for training and evaluation at MassAHEC, and Jaime F. Vallejos, MD, MPH, MassAHEC Health Careers Pipeline program manager and the statewide advisor of MassAHEC HOSA, will present at the conference.

Tuesday, June 28

Prepping for the Next Grant Cycle: Rapid Cycle Quality Improvement
9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The next AHEC Funding Opportunity Announcement may have a requirement for a Rapid Cycle Quality Improvement plan for continuous monitoring of project processes, outcomes and progress toward goals and objectives. This session explores the concept and importance of quality improvement. 

Ruth Aboagye, MBA, CSSBB, UMass Medical School
Jaime F. Vallejos, MD, MPH, MassAHEC Network, UMass Medical School
Rachel Chase, NAO’s Teen Health Information Literacy Initiative

Part 2: Implementing a Core Competency Framework for AHEC HCPP Programs
9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

This session is a follow-up to a presentation at the 2014 NAO Conference that outlined how a competency-based education model can demonstrate the value of AHEC Health Careers Promotion and Preparation programs at the local, state and national level. A subcommittee of NAO CORE has explored how to implement the model. The session will discuss how to develop and map learning objectives to five HCPP core competencies and ways to measure student learning.

Debi Lang, MS, MassAHEC Network, UMass Medical School
Jaime F. Vallejos, MD, MPH, MassAHEC Network, UMass Medical School
Leon Hudson Jr., MPH, EMNO, Michigan AHEC, Wayne State University
Teresa T. Kern, MsED, PhD, Pennsylvania AHEC, Penn State University College of Medicine
Catherine Malin, South Central Kentucky AHEC, Western Kentucky University
Kira Rodriguez, MHS, Maine AHEC, University of New England
Judith V. Sayad, Illinois AHEC Network, University of Illinois at Chicago

MassAHEC is part of a national network of Area Health Education Centers and offers learning opportunities to more than 6,000 high school and college students, and health care professionals each year.

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