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Northwest AHEC Wins National AHEC Award

Northwest AHEC was officially notified that it will receive its first ever National AHEC Organization (NAO) Award. On Monday, April 26, Northwest was selected to receive the NAO AHEC Center Award for Excellence — Learning Resources.

The NAO Awards Committee determined that the “CE 2.0: Converting Traditional Classroom Course to Internet Delivery to Save Money and Increase Participation” exemplified the category for a resource system that enhances AHEC programs. In summary, Northwest AHEC tech team members worked with staff and faculty to offer an online version of a traditional CE course entitled Advances in Cardiology. In reviewing data after the online course was available as well as the traditional version for a period of time, the tech team was able to document significant benefits—not limited to but included an increase in net revenue, faculty comfort with and ease of recording lectures, high quality content, etc.

Michael Lischke, EdD, MPH, Northwest AHEC director, reacted to this achievement as follows. “Each day I am reminded of how fortunate we are to have an incredibly creative staff and supportive regional partners in the Northwest AHEC. It’s refreshing and energizing to see this National AHEC Organization recognition. Our online educational efforts have grown tremendously over the years and this single activity is just an example of the potential we have to increase our impact across our region, state and country.”

The award was presented by awards committee member Anne Maynard during the NAO Conference in Las Vegas in June 2010. Even more exciting is that several Northwest staff were present to accept the award: Cheryl Alberty, Jennifer Casey, and the three tech team members, Christopher Jones, Andy Brewer, and Lee Howard. These Northwest AHEC staff members led two workshops during the biannual conference.