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Retirement of Executive Director

(From left to right Robin Worthington, Executive Director, Jennifer Chinn, Board Member, Audrey Gough, Treasurer, Becky Dawson, Retiring Executive Director, Amy Carroll, Secretary, Dr. Janice Clark, President)

NEMO AHEC’s Board of Directors recently honored Becky Dawson’s many years of service to Northeast Missouri Area Health Education Center.

Becky has been the NEMO AHEC Director since March of 2013.   Five years prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Dawson was NEMO AHEC’s Health Education Coordinator, where she was involved with programs such as “The Great Hospital Adventure” (healthcare careers puppet program designed for elementary students), the ATSU Aging Studies Project (involves community agencies and elders), AHEC Professional Corps (AmeriCorps program for healthcare professionals) and Health Literacy.  During her tenure as the director, Dawson has continued AHEC’s outreach to high school students who are interested in pursuing healthcare careers through the HOSA-Future Health Professionals organization and the ACES (AHEC Career Enhancement Scholars) Program as well as connecting with undergraduate students in healthcare training programs.  Dawson has also been active in promoting the National AHEC Organization’s HPV Immunization Project to provide education to health professionals regarding the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.  Missouri AHEC joined the project in an overall effort to increase HPV vaccination rates as a means of preventing cancer.

 

 

National Immunization Awareness Month

Protect Your Preteens Today from HPV Cancers Tomorrow

National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder

 we all need vaccines throughout our lives.

 

HPV vaccination is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 to 12.

If your son or daughter hasn’t started or finished the HPV vaccine series yet, it’s not too late! Now is a good time to ask their doctor or nurse about vaccines for your preteens and teens.

HPV is short for human papillomavirus. In the U.S. each year, there are 32,500 women and men affected by HPV cancers. In both women and men, HPV can cause anal cancer and mouth/throat (oropharyngeal) cancer. It can also cause cancers of the cervix, vulva and vagina in women, and cancer of the penis in men. Most of the HPV infections that cause these cancers could be prevented with vaccination.

HPV vaccination has a reassuring safety record backed by more than 10 years of monitoring and research. More than 100 million doses have been distributed in the U.S. since the vaccine was introduced, and no serious safety concerns have been linked to HPV vaccination. Possible side effects after HPV vaccination are generally mild and go away quickly, such as pain, redness or swelling in the arm where the shot was given.

Jacquelyn, a real-life mother of two and cervical cancer survivor, shares her story:

When I got a Pap test after my son was born, I found out I had cancer and needed a total hysterectomy.

My husband and I have been together for 15 years and we were planning to have more children. We are so grateful for our two wonderful children, but we were hoping for more – which is not going to happen now.

Although they caught the cancer early, I still have medical issues, taking time away from my family, my friends and my job.

Worse, every time the doctor calls, I hold my breath until I get the results. Cancer is always in the back of my mind.

I will protect my son and daughter by getting them both the HPV vaccine as soon as they turn 11. I tell everyone to get the HPV vaccine series to protect themselves from cancer.

For more information about vaccines recommended for preteens, visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/diseases/index.html

 

AHEC Career Enhancement Scholars

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 ACES Program. 

The ACES Program provides students with structured career exploration and health career-skill building activities. Program components also include college readiness, career planning, academic/health career prep workshops, structured job shadowing, and health leadership projects. 

Click here to apply.