MAHEC's Division of Regional Services conducts regional programs designed to meet the education and training needs of health and human service professionals in allied health, dental health, medicine, mental health, nursing and pharmacotherapy. State-wide and national educational conferences are being planned, developed, and marketed. The Division's goal is to eventually have all CE programming also available on home computers and mobile devices. Collaboration and the diversity of the healthcare workforce are emphasized in providing programs and services.
Allied Health: In NC, allied healthcare professionals make up over 35% of the healthcare workforce and include all healthcare professionals who work in collaboration with physicians, nurses and dentists. Because of the increased number of people moving to North Carolina and the aging population in North Carolina, demand for allied health professionals is predicted to grow. MAHEC is an approved provider and/or can offer discipline-specific credit for athletic trainers, diagnostic medical sonographers, dieticians, medical coders/health information technicians, laboratory scientists/technologists massage therapists, occupational therapists/assistants, physical therapists/assistants, radiologic technologists, respiratory care practitioners and speech-language pathologists.
Dental Education: MAHEC provides basic/ required educational opportunities such as BLS, Minimal Oral Sedation, Dental OSHA, Dental Radiation Safety, SPICE training, Infection Control for the DA II, Medical Emergencies (the 6 hour course fulfills the NC requirement on Limited Supervision Dental Hygienists) and advanced/specific courses on requested "hot" topics in dentistry.
Diversity: MAHEC provides ongoing multicultural education and diversity programming designed for healthcare professionals and community stakeholders that address workforce diversity and culturally appropriate care. Most sessions are provided in a ninety minute lunch-n-learn format, at no cost between 11:30am – 1:30pm. Participants are free to bring their lunch to these sessions.
Medical Eduation: MAHEC is an accredited sponsor of Continuing Medical Education (CME) for physicians in the Western North Carolina region and the surrounding areas. MAHEC is accredited by the North Carolina Medical Society to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. Through judicious use of resources, we strive to provide as broad a range of medical specialty credits as possible including AMA/PRA credit and AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) credit to the physician constituency reflective of the distribution of medical specialties within the 16-county MAHEC region.
Mental Health: In addition to providing continuing education on a wide spectrum of topics and clinical populations, MAHEC, as a part of the NC AHEC system, collaborates with other organizations on special initiatives such as FACE-IT, the Citizen Soldier Support Program, Peer Support Specialist training, and Sure Bet problem gambling programs.
Nursing Education: MAHEC is an Approved Provider of Continuing Nursing Education, providing CNE activities for nurses in WNC to maintain clinical competence. Cutting-edge programming about disease states, “best practices”, and evidence-based care is offered along with certification review/preparation courses to enhance professional practice. The RN Refresher Program provides a pathway for RNs who have been out of nursing practice five or more years to return to the nursing workforce.
Pharmacotherapy Education: The demand for trained pharmacy professionals has increased in past years due to the rapid growth of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, especially for the growing elderly population. The number of pharmacists in healthcare services is also growing, as pharmacists become more actively involved in drug therapy decision-making for patients of all ages. Through its collaboration with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, MAHEC offers ACPE credit for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Traditional continuing education programs are targeted for both retail and hospital pharmacy professionals and are also offered remotely, via live Web Streaming, to home computers and mobile devices. Continuing education programs are offered periodically, with two-hour weeknight programs, and all day Sunday programming.