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USF Area Health Education CenterFall 2010



 Welcome to the first issue of the USF AHEC Access e-Newsletter! It replaces the traditional print newsletter you've received from us over the years while providing the same level of quality reporting on AHEC activities you've come to expect. There are numerous benefits to this change. First, the electronic format allows us to include resources and live links that you can instantly access with just the click of a mouse. Second, in "going green" we're doing our part to help the environment by eliminating the production of thousands of newsletters each year. Finally, in an era where dollars are tight, it saves money on graphic design, printing and postage costs. 


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AnneMUSF AHEC Welcomes Anne Maynard
as New
Program Director

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Anne Maynard, MPH, CHES 
Anne Maynard, MPH, CHES, was appointed the Program Director of the University of South Florida AHEC Program as of September 1, 2010, replacing Dr. Cindy Selleck who left USF at the end of September. "Anne has been a wonderful member of our AHEC team since 2001, serving in the roles of both Assistant and Associate Director," said Dr. Selleck. "She was the ideal person to take on the role of Program Director and I am so pleased that Dr. Klasko agreed and has named her to the position."

Anne received her MPH from the College of Public Health at USF in 1997 and her commitment to underserved and medically needy populations was evident even before she joined AHEC through her prior work with both the Tampa AIDS Network and the Health Councils of Florida.

SummerAcademyHealth Professions Summer Academy: 
 A-HEC of a Summer!

LaToya Clark, MPH
USF AHEC Coordinator, Diversity Initiatives

The end of the school year usually is a time when most high school rising juniors and seniors plan summer vacations, look for part-time jobs, or relax at the beach with friends. But for some, it's just the beginning of an academic journey known as the USF AHEC Health Professions Summer Academy. 
Summer Academy is a two-week residential program hosted by USF AHEC for talented high school students interested in health profession careers. The program includes an introduction to the health professions programs offered at most four-year colleges and universities, 30 hours of SAT review, and workshops that expose them to "real world" scenarios. 
2010 Summer Academy
2010 AHEC Summer Academy Students 

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GNAHECGNAHEC Continuing Education Courses
 Available 24 Hours a Day

Are you a professional looking free or low cost continuing education credits? The Florida Keys Area Health Education Center has created the perfect solution.  The website is featuring flexible programming to meet the licensure requirements and public health information needs of busy professionals. Many courses are fully accredited and now available online at no cost 24 hours a day.
Gulfcoast North AHEC has partnered with to host two online courses: Health Care Transition Training Program and Healthcare Access for Persons with Disabilities. Many other topics are available including licensure series, clinical updates, disaster preparedness and more. Register today to take advantage of these wonderful learning opportunities.

GSAHEC Continuing Education Programs

Charlene Chirillo, RN, BSN
Continuing Education Coordinator

Whether we are a for-profit or non-profit, we are all experiencing the ever present challenge of decreased budgets this year and the difficult decisions that follow. For many organizations, the cuts get in the way of staff development and education. We all know that keeping your healthcare staff aware of the latest clinical information is still important to you, but how you do it may have changed. The question arises... "How can I be asked one more time to do more with less; can I wear one more hat?"

 Let Gulfcoast South AHEC show you how!

GSAHEC supports local health care by providing convenient and cost effective continuing education programs to meet health providers' professional development needs for licensure, certification and professional membership. We are committed to the educational needs of our local health care professionals. Our strong affiliation with the USF Health Sciences Center and College of Medicine allows us to provide the most current and up to date information on the most popular "hot topics" in health.  Programs can range from simple two hour in-services to multi-day, mixed discipline conferences.
Charlene Chirillo
Charlene Chirillo, RN, BSN
For more information, please contact Charlene Chirillo, RN, BSN at 941.361.6602 ext. 26 or visit for a complete list of services. 

Let us take care of the details, so you don't have to!


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sunsafeSun Safe Behaviors Can Help
to Prevent Skin Cancer

Victor Rodriguez Cruz, BS

GNAHEC Coordinator of Clinical Training and Enrichment 

Gulfcoast North AHEC, Inc. (GNAHEC) in partnership with Florida Keys AHEC (Keys AHEC) and Moffitt Cancer Center started a new initiative within Hillsborough County. The Skin Cancer and Sun Safety program has three different components. As part of the first component, GNAHEC adopted the EPA SunWise Curriculum, which is being taught throughout Hillsborough county schools. 

SunWise is a free program that teaches children lifelong lessons on how to avoid overexposure to the sun, which include the science of the sun and the risk of overexposure from ultraviolet radiation (UV). It is vital that children learn these precautionary methods early because unprotected sun exposure during childhood increases lifetime risk for skin cancer.
Skin Cancer and Sun Safety Screening Team (from left): Vickey Haney, RN, Victor Rodriguez Cruz, BSN, Michael Mallo, RN and Michele Ryder, RN

The second component provides free skin cancer evaluations to the community. Evaluations are performed by trained health professionals and consist of risk assessments, skin screenings, and consultation follow-ups (if necessary).  
Finally, GNAHEC provides live Continuing Education (CE) programs developed by Moffitt for health professionals within Hillsborough County. These programs offer continuing education on how best to conduct skin cancer assessments, recognition of actual and potential cancers, proper treatment modalities, prevention techniques and surgical options.  


For simple sun safe tips that can help to prevent skin cancer click here

alisaSummer Academy Alumna Strifes toward Success 


Victor Rodriguez Cruz, BS
GNAHEC Coordinator of Clinical Training and Enrichment

Alisa Santijago
Alisa Santiago, BS

Alisa Santiago is on the verge of realizing a dream. A decade ago, she was a student at Citrus High School. Back then, Alisa had aspirations of becoming a health professional, but was not sure what path to take to get there. Gulfcoast North AHEC recognized Alisa's potential and chose her as one of the first participants of the USF AHEC Summer Academy. "It was through AHEC that I was introduced to the health professions," Alisa stated. Being part of the Summer Academy provided her with inspiration, direction, and most importantly, resources to help her pursue her dream. 

After graduating from high school, Alisa attended St. Leo University in San Antonio, and then transferred to Florida Gulfcoast University (FGCU) in Fort Myers where she earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in biology. During college, Alisa decided to become a Physician Assistant (PA). After graduating from FGCU, she was accepted into the Barry University PA Program in Miami. 

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About Us

Focus on Education

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What's New?


October was National Health Literacy Month.
 88 percent of adults don't have proficient health literacy. This number includes people with college degrees as well as those haven't finished high school. 
Learn what you can do to find the right words for better health at
Primary care week logo


November 1-5 is

National Primary

Care Week! 

NPCW is an annual event to highlight the importance of primary care and bring together health professionals and students from various disciplines to learn about its impact and value especially with regard to underserved populations. 

Click here for a list of NPCW events at USF College of Medicine


Stop smoking

November 18th is the
Great American Smokeout
- smokers are encouraged to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. If you are interested in quitting smoking, please visit our website for local resources:
Focus on Your Health
suntipsSun Wise Tips:

Watch Your Shadow. No Shadow-Seek Shade!

Limit time in the midday sun. UV rays are strongest between 10AM and 4PM.

Always use sunscreen. Sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 will block most UV radiation. 
Cover up. Wear tightly woven, loose-fitting and full-length clothing.
Wear a hat. A wide-brimmed hat covers most of the eyes, ears, face and the back of the neck.
Wear sunglasses. 99 to 100 percent UV-A and UV-B protection is best.
Avoid sun lamps and tanning salons. It is a good idea to avoid artificial sources of UV light. 

Watch the UV Index.
It provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities.

 USF Health White on Green

usfahecAbout Us 

The USF AHEC Program connects students to careers, professionals to communities and communities to better health. We inspire, train, recruit, sustain and retain a diverse and broad range of health professionals to practice in communities where the need is greatest.

The USF AHEC Program began in 1993 and covers a nine-county area on the central west coast of the state from as far north as Citrus to as far south as Charlotte county. Community activities are carried out by our two local AHEC Centers, Gulfcoast North AHEC in Land O' Lakes serving Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and Gulfcoast South AHEC in Sarasota, which serves Charlotte, Desoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties.
We recruit talented, dedicated health professionals who want to make a difference in the community and match them with positions in medically underserved communities. And we support local healthcare practitioners who care for the medically underserved by providing resources such as technical assistance, library services and continuing education programs to help them meet their professional needs.