West AHEC

West AHEC

West AHEC Counties

Baptist Health Madisonville
200 Clinic Dr., 3rd Floor
Madisonville, KY  42431
Phone: (270) 824-3442 or (800) 357-8801
Fax: (270) 824-3457

Staff

Martha Pleasant, Center Director

Email Martha Pleasant at: Martha.Pleasant@bhsi.com

Carol Phebus, Assistant Center Director

Email Carol Phebus at: Cphebus@trover.org

The "World's Greatest Baby Shower"

Since 1993, the West AHEC has sponsored the  "World's Greatest Baby Shower" for expectant mothers and partners.  It is an educational, informative, and interactive program for expectant parents to encourage proper prenatal and newborn care.  The program covers such topics as car seat safety, breastfeeding, immunization, medications, in addition to an "Ask A Doc" session that allows participants to ask questions of local specialists.  The project has grown to provide multiple showers in nine counties, with the expectation to include additional counties and sites in the future.  Since its inception, the West AHEC has coordinated 36 showers with 4,931 participants.  Program evaluations are always positive, with participants consistently commenting on the valuable information and knowledge they have obtained.

West AHEC Health Career Programs

The West AHEC developed a wide variety of programs to stimulate student interest in health careers including classroom presentations. The presentations include information on the variety of health careers available, the duties of various health professionals, preparation necessary to enter a health career, and Kentucky colleges that offer health professions education programs.

Elementary school presentations include coloring books with a health career theme, and an opportunity to model health professional clothing, such as surgical caps, shoe covers, and nursing caps. Middle and high school students participate in a variety of career fairs.

The West AHEC also sponsors a summer Math & Science camp to prepare students in the disciplines that are important for health careers.

For more information, click here to visit the West Area AHEC website