Issue 43 | July 2021
Gulfcoast South AHEC offers free group quit sessions
virtually and in-person!

Tools to Quit sessions provides information about the effects of tobacco use, the benefits of quitting, and assists attendees with developing their own quit plan. Tools to Quit sessions are available both virtually and in-person. A link will be emailed to join by Zoom® conference via video after registration.

Audio Tools to Quit program is the audio alternative to the virtual Tools to Quit session.

Quit Smoking Now support groups meet once a week for four weeks and cover a variety of topics including coping with withdrawal symptoms, managing addiction and preventing relapse. Participants must attend all sessions

Pre-registration is required for all types of sessions.
Call 866-534-7909 to register.
Benefits of Quitting:
  • FREE - Nicotine replacement patches, gum or lozenges*
  • FREE - Participant workbook and materials
  • Covers all forms of tobacco
*if medically appropriate and 18 years of age or older

You select your quit date.
2021 REACH Virtual Health
Careers Camp Recap
GSAHEC’s Virtual Health Careers Camp 2021 was a HUGE success! Partnering with Blake Medical Center, we welcomed 22 local high school students interested in becoming health care professionals. The participants had five jam-packed days of virtual guest speakers, a hospital tour, and discussions about financial aid, college options, and the wide variety of health careers.

GSAHEC’s Director of Student Programs, Joan Dixon, designed the program to provide local high school students interested in health careers a rare and unique opportunity to explore a variety of health care specialties in partnership with Blake Medical Center’s Outreach Coordinator, Cindy Filice. Guest speakers included: Hospital CEO, Medical Resident, Trauma Surgeon, Trauma Nurse, Rapid Response Team Nurse, Air Life Flight Nurse, Maternal Child Nurse, Respiratory Therapist, EMT & Paramedic, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Wound Care Nurse, Burn Unit Nurse, Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Technologist, Hospital Administration Careers, and a presentation by LifeLink organ donor organization. 

Here's what local high school participants had to say about the camp:

“This camp has been amazing. There are a variety of different careers that I had no idea existed. It just shows how big the medical field really is, but that creates a bigger problem for me because I wish I could do everything!”

“This camp has helped me with my goals because it has shown me how physicians and people in similar fields have reached their goals. It also showed me that it is possible to achieve my dreams of being a doctor and saving lives.”

This camp has definitely confirmed that my goal for the future is to help people. All of the health professionals that talked to us were so passionate about what they do and that made me even more confident in myself to work hard and pursue my dream of joining the medical field.”
Online 40-Hour Medical Interpreting Training

Next training: Begins July 20, 2021:
Orientation: July 20, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Week one: July 27, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Week two: August 3, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Week three: August 10, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Week four: August 17, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Week five: August 24, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Final Test: August 31, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Be Sure to Support Gulfcoast South AHEC on
All Your Amazon Purchases!
2201 Cantu Court, Suite 220
Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 361-6602