Issue 46| October 2021
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

Attendees select their quit date.
Check Out this New Feature:
Automated Electronic Referral Process
Tobacco Free Florida has developed a new, more efficient way to incorporate electronic referrals into organizations' systems by creating a link to use an Automated Referral Form. 
Go to to request a unique link to refer your patients electronically. If you would like more information, please follow the link below or contact us directly so we can guide you through this process! 
Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Impacts on Tobacco Use
Speaker: Joseph D. Pepe, Ed.D., MSA
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
  1. Gain a further understanding of Childhood Adversities and their relation to tobacco use.
  2. Understand how ACEs impact nicotine usage in all forms.
  3. Gain further insight how ACEs impact the life course leading to risky behaviors such as nicotine use.
1.0 Continuing Education Credit Available
Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center, Inc. is a Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling approved provider of continuing education. CE Broker provider ID# 50-839. This program meets the requirements for up to 1.0 contact hour(s).

Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center, Inc. is a Florida Board of Nursing approved provider of continuing Nursing education. CE Broker provider ID #50-840. This program meets the requirements for up to 1.0 contact hour(s).
AHEC Scholars Program:
We Are Recruiting AHEC Scholars!
Apply today to become an AHEC Scholar! As an AHEC Scholar, students will join a cohort of Florida’s 150 best interdisciplinary health professions students for two years. The Florida AHEC Scholars Program is a national initiative committed to transforming community health care by preparing the student leaders of tomorrow. This program will provide students, both clinical and non-clinical, with interprofessional learning opportunities focused on building the skills and competencies needed to help transform primary care and improve patient care. This two-year program (students must have two remaining years at their college/university) offers 40 hours of didactic public health lessons, plus 40 hours of clinical or experiential learning in medically underserved areas, each year of the program, enhancing a student's traditional curriculum by offering opportunities to:
  • Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of other health professions.
  • Work in team-based environments that foster inclusivity and focus on patient-centered care.
  • Broaden scope of practice and learn strategies to become a better practitioner.
  • Learn and understand the unique challenges that face underserved and rural populations when accessing care and achieving good health status.

A $500 stipend will be provided to the students, each year of the program, as well as state and national recognition for their participation in the AHEC Scholars program.

More information regarding the Florida AHEC Scholars Program can be found online at Additionally, contact Joan Dixon, Director of Student Programs, for any questions you may have.

Online 40-Hour Medical Interpreting Training

Next training: Begins October 7, 2021:
Orientation: October 7, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Week one: October 14, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Week two: October 21, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Week three: October 28, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Week four: November 4, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Week five: November 11, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Final Test: November 18, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Online Occupational Spanish Class

Next training: Begins October 11, 2021:
Orientation: October 11, 2021 | 7:00 – 7:30 pm
Week one: October 18, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Week two: October 25, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:00 pm
50th Anniversary NAO Highlights
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the passing of legislation which created the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program, the National AHEC Organization (NAO) presents the History of AHEC: Celebrating our Past, Present, and Future

Please take some time to learn more about AHEC's history by watching the video below!
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