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Greensboro AHEC Collaborates to Reach New Market

Following an annual review earlier this year, Greensboro AHEC’s CME Coordinator Tina Latham, MBA, MHA, noticed a trend in participants’ interest regarding the topic of pelvic pain. After browsing the state to determine what educational activities were being offered, she recognized a need to reach professionals in the area of sexual health.

Latham contacted Ingrid Harm-Ernandes, a physical therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine, who was also interested in presenting a similar conference. Harm-Ernandes leveraged working relationships at Duke Integrative Medicine to establish the interdisciplinary faculty for the Sexual and Pelvic Health conference held August 24, 2012. The conference was well received by 60 participants from a variety of disciplines including: physical therapy, nutrition, nursing, medicine, mental health, and pharmacy.

Among the comments received on the conference evaluation, one participant stated, “It was great to see a difficult topic discussed so well. It was professional, helpful and brought up a very needed but neglected area.” Many participants also commented on particular actions they will implement in their patient care, based on the knowledge gained from this activity.

Greensboro AHEC will continue seeking new opportunities to bring integrated programming to health professionals.