Vermont Geriatrics Conference – 2017

The Vermont Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Network presents the VERMONT GERIATRICS CONFERENCE on April 5, 2017 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Montpelier.  For more information, a schedule of events and speakers, and to register please visit 

Health Careers Collaborative Opportunity for NAO Membership with the Association of American Medical Colleges Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

NAO LogoFor a quarter of a century, the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) successfully empowered students underrepresented in the health professions, and provided the proper resources and tools for students to successfully act upon their dreams in specific health careers. In 2016, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) program expanded to include students interested in ALL areas of health care, not just within the medical or dental profession, to provide an interprofessional education focus.

Today, the Summer Health Professions Education Program (formerly SMDEP) sponsored by the AAMC, serves as the free, six-week academic enrichment program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Eligible students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage.

In our tradition of partnership, the NAO membership has been invited to partner with AAMC to share resource information about the SHPEP opportunity links and program brochure in your service regions, to better support and facilitate access to interested health career students who may benefit.

The AAMC encourages participants to apply and take the opportunity to join this FREE, summer enrichment program that is filled with countless career development opportunities. For more information, click here.

Learn more about the new educational opportunities provided by the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) and apply today at

Students are encouraged to apply early.  Early application deadline is February 1, 2017 and regular applications must be received by March 1, 2017.

Upcoming Webinar
Webinar Date: Thursday, January 26 @ 5:00 PM EST

Event address for attendees to register:

An In-Depth look into the Career-Enrichment Opportunity at the
Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Learn the first-hand experience of past Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) scholars who successfully completed the 6-week summer career-enrichment experience! The University of Iowa will also offer great tips and insight to potential applicants eager to apply. Interested participants and potential applicants also have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the admissions process.

Register today and join in on the upcoming SHPEP webinar!

Diabetes Prevention Program

If you’re at risk for Type 2 diabetes, you can make small, measurable changes that can reduce your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life.  Mt. Ascutney Hospital and the YMCA are supporting a Diabetes Prevention Program with a new class starting soon.  The program features 16 weekly sessions followed by 8 monthly sessions led by a trained Lifestyle Coach to offer motivation and support.  For more information, contact Samantha Abrahamsen at 802-674-7213





Edward Flower, DMin, returns to our board after a year off.  He is a retired pastoral psychotherapist.

Marie LaPenta, RN works for Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and is a long-time housing host.

Scott Richards,  a training specialist with Rutland Regional Medical Center, returns to our board after a few years off.