Enhancing Cancer Program Partnerships with Area Health Education Centers

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The GW Cancer Institute hosted a webinar on partnering with Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) to enhance cancer programs. The webinar provided an overview of AHECs, opportunities for collaboration and will spotlight AHEC/Comprehensive Cancer Control Partnerships.

We live Tweeted key points of the webinar. Please search for #TAPwebinar and follow @GWCancerInst


Robert M. Trachtenberg, MS, Executive Director National AHEC Organization

Robert Trachtenberg has been the executive director of the National AHEC (Area Health Education Center) Organization (NAO) since October 2010. Before that, he was the associate director of the Statewide Rhode Island AHEC Program and a Teaching Associate in Family Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University from 2005−11, as well as the executive director of the Champlain Valley AHEC in rural northwestern Vermont from 2000−05. He has more than 18 years of experience in organizational development and the leadership of community-based organizations. Additionally, he is a National Health Service Corps Ambassador, was on the National AHEC Organization Board of Directors 2006−11, and was president of the National AHEC Organization 2009−10. In addition to a Master’s of Science Administration and Management, Trachtenberg has training in Public Health from Boston University and broad training in organizational and leadership development.

Mary Craig, MSHC, President of the Erie Niagara AHEC, Buffalo, NY

Mary E. Craig, MSHC, is President of the Erie Niagara AHEC in Buffalo, New York.  An instructor in HIV/AIDS for Teachers, a Health Leadership Fellow with the Community Health Foundation, and a National Health Service Corps Ambassador, she is a Board Member of NAO and currently Chair of the Center Directors Constituency Group and co-chair of the Education Committee.  Ms. Craig is a certified cultural diversity and sensitivity facilitator with significant training and experience in building cultural competence and examining its impact on health attitudes and health outcomes. 



Shyrea A. Thompson, BA, CNM, Executive Director, Capital City AHEC, Inc., Washington, DC

Shyrea Thompson brings over fifteen years of higher education and outreach experience, on both Capitol Hill and in a variety of front-line roles. Since 2009, her unique insight into public-private partnership development has expanded the Capital City AHEC Center office services throughout the National Capital Area. Ms. Robinson currently serves on a number of DC community advisory boards including the DC Health Benefit Exchange, is a District of Columbia Tobacco Free Coalition and GW Cancer Institute's Comprehensive Cancer Control Technical Assistance Advisory Committee. 


Ansley Mora, Tobacco Training & Education Coordinator, Gulfcoast South AHEC (GSAHEC), Inc., Sarasota, FL

Ansley Mora is charged with implementing Community Health Worker training programs, coordinating tobacco training for health professions students, facilitating development activities and assisting with the marketing and public relations efforts for GSAHEC. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years and employed with GSAHEC for twelve. Her past experience includes providing vocational and health and human services to underserved populations and launching a management assistance program offering education, tools, and resources to local nonprofit organizations.