“Evidence-Based Communication Strategies for Improving Child and Adolescent Vaccine Uptake”

Wednesday, September 19th, 2-3 p.m. ET

How much of a problem is vaccine hesitancy? It’s complicated and there is no easy solution. Find out how Motivational Interviewing can improve child and adolescent vaccine uptake. This webinar will focus on understanding what it means to make a “strong” vaccine recommendation, understanding how to make a “presumptive” recommendation for the vaccine and use Motivational Interviewing techniques if needed, and learn a few specific evidence-based vaccine communication tips.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of health professionals who provide and/or promote immunizations including  physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, as well as health professions students.

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New Executive Director

Northeast Missouri Area Health Education Center (NEMO AHEC) announces the addition of Robin Worthington, MHS, as the new Executive Director. Worthington will provide leadership, management, and direction to NEMO AHEC as well as collaborate and partner with area agencies and volunteers. Worthington will work with NEMO AHEC staff to provide quality programming and service to the current and future health care workforce.

Worthington graduated from Walden University with her M.S. in Human and Social Services in 2018. Previously she obtained a B.A. in Human Services as well as an A.S. in Human Services.

NEMO AHEC is a non-profit agency headquartered in Kirksville, Missouri, which serves 21 counties. NEMO AHEC aims to enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventative care by growing and supporting northeast Missouri’s health care workforce( NEMO AHEC is part of the Missouri AHEC network which maintains a presence in all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis.


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.