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Nursing’s Mitchell Receives AHEC West’s John M. Dennis Award

Jacqueline C. Mitchell, MS, CRNA, director of clinical education, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), was recently recognized by the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center (AHEC West) with the John M. Dennis Award for her leadership and advocacy for rural practice opportunities. Mitchell also received special recognition from several members of U.S. Congress for her efforts.

Recipients of the John M. Dennis Award are usually university representatives who have made noteworthy contributions to off-campus health professional education in Western Maryland through outstanding leadership, ingenuity, advocacy, and education. Mitchell has been a strong supporter of rural clinical education and nurse anesthetist students and a dedicated partner with AHEC West for clinical placements. Several UMSON nurse anesthetist graduates are now practicing in Western Maryland.

“My heart is overwhelmed with joy because I am being formally recognized for my work. I am very thankful for this distinguished award and I am empowered to do even greater work for the students and the community,” Mitchell said. “What is great about this partnership with AHEC West is, although the majority of our students are from the Baltimore area, they are being afforded the opportunity to train in Western Maryland, allowing them to be exposed to different care settings and job opportunities.”

The award is in honor of John M. Dennis, MD, who served as vice chancellor for health and academic affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore from 1977 to 1988. Dennis was a dedicated visionary whose support made it possible for the development of the AHEC West program and center.

“We congratulate Ms. Mitchell on her receipt of this prestigious award. Her exemplary efforts to create practice experiences for nurse anesthesia students in the rural counties of Western Maryland have introduced countless students to the opportunities and rewards of living and serving in the region,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Through her efforts, she is helping to ensure that we meet the needs of residents throughout Maryland.”

AHEC seeks to improve the health status of Marylanders through community educational partnerships that foster a commitment to enhancing health care access in the rural and urban underserved areas of the state.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAAugust 23, 20170 comments
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President Perman Receives John M. Dennis Award

Western Maryland Area Health Education Center (AHEC) recognized regional health professionals’ efforts toward improving community health at their 39th Annual Awards Dinner at the Cumberland Country Club on Tuesday, June 9. Jay A. Perman, MD, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), received the John M. Dennis Award. This award is presented in honor of John M. Dennis, MD, vice chancellor for health and academic affairs at UMB from 1977 until 1988, whose visionary and dedicated support made possible the development of the Western Maryland AHEC program. Recipients of this award are usually university representatives who have made noteworthy contributions to off-campus health professional education in Western Maryland through outstanding leadership, ingenuity and advocacy, and dedication.

Team-Based Health Care

Perman teaches team-based health care to students of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, law, and social work. In 2013, he established the Center for Interprofessional Education to train all UMB students to provide high quality, affordable health care and human services in a team-based model.

Find out more – Dr. Perman’s accomplishments.

Western Maryland AHEC is proud to honor and celebrate health professionals dedicated to addressing regional health disparities, mentoring future health professionals, and enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Western Maryland and the surrounding Appalachian area.

A Mission to Promote Quality in Health Care

Established in 1976, Western Maryland AHEC is a community-based nonprofit organization with the mission to improve access to and promote quality in health care through educational and other partnerships. Western Maryland AHEC addresses regional health disparities by providing health careers education and exploration for high school and college students, clinical education for health professions students, continuing education and training programs for regional health care providers, interprofessional education and training, geriatric education and training, and outreach education for underserved populations seeking opportunities to improve their overall health. Western Maryland AHEC envisions that the multifaceted programs and collaborations will lead to improved health outcomes through collaborations.

Get more information or call 301-777-9150.

The ElmGlobal & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University LifeJuly 13, 20150 comments
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