Changes Will Allow Center to Continue High-Quality Work
E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), announced that the Maryland Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), a federal and state funded program administered by UM SOM’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, has a new home for its Baltimore center – and a new director.
The Baltimore Area Health Education Center (BAHEC) will now be housed at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) Midtown Campus. Richard Colgan, MD, Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Program Director of MAHEC, said the UMMC Midtown Campus is a perfect location for addressing health care disparities in the Baltimore region.
MAHEC also recently announced the selection of Michelle Clark, MSW, MPH as the new Executive Director of BAHEC, effective November 30, 2015. Ms. Clark will oversee the clinical education and health career pipeline programs that serve Baltimore City and County, and will work to increase funding for BAHEC. She plans to work closely with UMMC’s Workforce Development and Community Partnership team to increase community outreach and career opportunities.
“Michelle Clark has a wealth of experience in community health care. I know she will hit the ground running,” said Brian Bailey, MS, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the UMMC Midtown Campus.
Clark received her BS in Business from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend. She went on to earn an MPH from Johns Hopkins University and an MSW degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore. Ms. Clark previously served as the Director of the State Office of Rural Health and more recently, as the Executive Director of the Maryland Rural Health Association.
The national AHEC program began in the early 1970s when many areas of country were facing shortages of health care professionals. MAHEC, which includes centers in Baltimore, Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore, focuses on recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities in Maryland. BAHEC is the only urban Area Health Education Center in Maryland.
BAHEC was established in 2002 as a key link between the academic resources of UM SOM, other major academic health centers, and local community organizations. Its mission is to improve access to quality healthcare and to address the issue of health disparities in medically underserved urban areas in Baltimore City and County.
“Over the years, MAHEC has helped improve medical care for the underserved in our state,” said Dean Reece, who is also Vice President of Medical Affairs, the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko Bowers Distinguished Professor. “With the addition of a new home, and the appointment of Ms. Clark, the organization is well placed to continue this crucial work.”
About the University of Maryland School of Medicine
The University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 and is the first public medical school in the United States and continues today as an innovative leader in accelerating innovation and discovery in medicine. The School of Medicine is the founding school of the University of Maryland and is an integral part of the 11-campus University System of Maryland. Located on the University of Maryland’s Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine works closely with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide a research-intensive, academic and clinically based education. With 43 academic departments, centers and institutes and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians and research scientists plus more than $400 million in extramural funding, the School is regarded as one of the leading biomedical research institutions in the U.S. with top-tier faculty and programs in cancer, brain science, surgery and transplantation, trauma and emergency medicine, vaccine development and human genomics, among other centers of excellence. The School is not only concerned with the health of the citizens of Maryland and the nation, but also has a global presence, with research and treatment facilities in more than 35 countries around the world.