Has your business been temporarily closed by COVID 19? GMEC and VRHA will buy your PPE so long as it’s not price gouged. We can also give donation receipts, and organize mailing or pick-up.
Although coronavirus has yet to make the same harsh impact on rural communities as in metropolitan areas around the United States, their financial reality may drastically reduce their best efforts when preparing for the worst.
Most facilities have already to turned to telehealth in order to minimize that one-on-one contact. However, as Beth O’Connor, director of the Virginia Rural Health Association, states, “Many of our rural families, and even many of our rural hospitals and clinics, don’t have the bandwidth that they need to be able to participate in telehealth service. So when you have something like this pandemic when you would prefer to see someone virtually, it’s just not possible.”
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Join others in learning how to sew face masks for your community members that desperately need them! Click HERE to view easy-to-follow instructions and a video made by Deaconess Hospital staff.
CHECK YOUR BARNS! (and garages, workrooms, etc.) Have you got boxes of gloves (latex, plastic, or vinyl), N95 face masks? Those are badly needed and GMEC can make sure they get redistributed. Have you got surgical masks, face shields, plastic dust masks, safety goggles? Those are needed as well.
If you are hand-sewing masks, we also have locations that need those. They are not front-line COVID but are VERY useful for other parts of care. If you would like to sew masks, we can send you patterns.
THANKS and PLEASE check your basements et al. We’ve sent several N95s to small clinics because of kind people willing to share what they have. EVERY donation will help keep our rural communities safe.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org so we can tell you where to mail, or collect. Thanks!
GMEC is pleased to present the agenda for our 2016 annual conference and retreat, Head for the Hills, below! Come unwind, dine, and play with us for two days in the beautiful Hungry Mother State Park while learning from some of Virginia’s leading rural health experts. Families of attending medical professionals are very welcome and activities have been planned for your enjoyment.
Head for the Hills 2016 Schedule:
Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, VA
Friday Sept. 30
Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available
Child care can be provided 8-noon for those requesting it.
Continental breakfast available
NUTRITION TIPS FOR YOUR PATIENTS –
Kathy Hosig, PhD, MPH, RD Virginia Tech
POWER AND POLITICS: LEADING IN A TIME OF CHANGE –
Lorenzo Pence, DO, FACOFP, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
BREAK (fruit provided)
Clinical Documentation Toolbox–
Nora Blankenbecler, Director, Health Information Technology Certification Program, Mountain Empire Community College
PSYCHIATRY IN SW VA: What Primary Care Physicians Should Know –
Sarah Hazelwood, DO, Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Marion, Virginia
HABIT AND HABITUS: A Faith-based Health Initiative (Resident Presentation) –
Dr. Troy Reece, PGY2, Johnston Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency
FREE REST OF DAY – Group rates are available at the historic Lincoln Theatre in downtown Marion. Hikes, the beach, paddle boats, and other activities are available within the park. Several restaurants are available in town. There is no communal dinner, but GMEC is happy to provide your evening meal in the park, same set menu, available during restaurant hours; because of the many options available via the park and town, we are not planning to offer children’s entertainment.
Saturday Oct. 1
Breakfast and registration
Child care can be provided 8-noon for those requesting it.
WHAT DOCTORS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TELEHEALTH –
Kathy Wibberly, PhD, Director, Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center at University of Virginia
BREAKOUT SESSIONS –
- Debt Forgiveness with VDH
- Careers Residents May Not Be Thinking About
- Insurance 101
Required check out from your cabin; luggage may be brought to the lecture hall
PATIENT VOICES –
Jane Bennett, Cancer Survivor and Advocate
BREAKING BAD NEWS: Communicating a Difficult Diagnosis or Lifestyle Change –
Thomas Ward Bishop
SUD TREATMENT EXPANSION BY MEDICAID –
Sue Cantrell, MD, LENOWISCO Health District Director, VDH
Secretary Bill Hazel, MD, Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Box lunches will be provided; eat at your leisure in the conference center, or take it with you if you need to depart.
Please feel free to stay and enjoy the park after the conference concludes!
There’s no doubt about it — medical school is expensive. But U.S. News & World Report has compiled a list of 10 private medical schools with the lowest tuition and fees for the 2015-16 academic year.
Here are the 10 most affordable private medical schools and their 2015-16 out-of-state tuition rates, according to U.S. News & World Report:
- Baylor College of Medicine (Houston) — $31,663
- Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, Pa.) — $32,985
- University of Pikeville–Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine — $41,320
- University of Miami Miller School of Medicine — $42,626
- Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Virginia campus (Blacksburg, Va.), Carolinas campus (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Auburn (Ala.) campus — $43,250
- Kansas City (Mo.) University of Medicine and Biosciences — $43,513
- Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (Cumberland Gap, Tenn.) — $46,528
- Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (New York City) — $48,340
- Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine (Hempstead, N.Y.) — $48,500
- Mayo Medical School (Rochester, Minn.) — $49,900
See those three schools in bold type? That’s right – three out of the top ten are in our region!
Are you a medical resident?
Are you working in or for rural Southwest Virginia (or surrounding areas)?
Then mark off April 22nd on your calendar and plan to be at the Second Rural Residents Research Symposium!
This is a day for residents to present original research (not case studies) regarding topics of interest to rural primary care docs and their peers.
Slots at the Rural Residents Research Symposium are 30-45 minutes long; anyone interested in presenting must meet the criteria of rural focus and should apply through their residency coordinator.
A limit of two applications per residency program will be accepted with a total of 10 presentations. The top two presentations will be invited to speak at the 2016 Head for the Hills event in October.
For questions, contact GMEC Director Wendy Welch at email@example.com
More information coming soon!
Let’s face it – while Head for the Hills is a fantastic educational event, it also reflects the old adage, “location, location, location.” Why do the educational sessions end at 12:30 each day? So you can go have fun!
Head for the Hills will be held again this year at the Breaks Interstate Park. It will be October, so the fall leaves will be at their peak. That means:
“Bountiful nature, as richly colored as our mosses underfoot, our mountains on the horizon, and our sky overhead.”
The Breaks Interstate Park boasts 4600 acres, more than 25 miles of walking trails, and a 5-mile gorge plunging to 1650 feet known as the “Grand Canyon of the South.” Activities include guided hikes, biking, geocaching, birding, pedal boats/canoes and fishing (some activities have a fee).
If you’ve been to the Breaks before, that might sound too familiar, so check out their new activity – Elk Watching!
Bringing the kids? There is child care available during the educational sessions, hay rides later in the day, a playground, and magician Joseph Young!
Visit the main Head for the Hills page for details about registration, lodging and links to the educational session descriptions. See you there!
Executive Director, Southwest Virginia Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
Oakwood, VA & Blacksburg, VA (2 office locations, HQ site to be determined based on employee residence)
Position Description: Under the direction of the Southwest Virginia AHEC Board of Directors, and working with the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority (VHWDA), the Executive Director provides leadership and administrative and program management for Southwest Virginia AHEC. This includes regional development of services and programs that support health careers promotion, access to primary care, student and resident experiential education, community health awareness and professional continuing education within the SW AHEC 21-county service area.
Principal Responsibilities: Duties include but are not limited to developing, directing, and promoting immediate and long-term programs and projects, developing and maintaining a professional staff, preparing and managing an annual budget, and carrying out the organization’s goals and objectives to ensure compliance with the contractual terms between the VHWDA/Virginia Statewide AHEC Program and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, and others.
Minimum Experience and Qualifications: The position requires a Bachelor’s degree, preferably a Master’s degree, in a health-related field, community health, health education, public relations, business management, or non-profit management, with a minimum of five years of professional experience, including program management and implementation. Demonstrated experience in human resources supervision (at least one year), fiscal management, and developing community collaborations and partnerships is essential.
Compensation: Commensurate with experience; anticipate salary between $45,000-60,000, plus benefits.
Interested candidates should submit résumé with cover letter describing skills and experience to:
Howard Chapman, Jr., Chairman of the Board
Program Development Director
Tri-Area Community Health
PO Box 9,14168 Danville Pike
Laurel Fork, VA 24352
Position will close on September 07, 2015.