Online training for care providers

A series of online trainings continues this spring, sponsored by the Area Health Education Center (AHEC), UAA Office of Health Programs Development, and the Trust Training Cooperative. The series is a partnership with the Northwest Geriatric Education Center, and offers trainings to Alaska via virtual classroom on the Internet.

The series is designed to give community-based providers working in the field of aging – physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists and other interested professionals access to valuable information without traveling. Classes feature a different speaker each week discussing their area of expertise, with topics focusing on health and wellness.

Anyone can register at any time for the classes, there is no deadline. You must attend at one of the host sites to receive credit. Cost is $40 whether you attend one or all of the trainings, and continuing education credit is available for an additional $40.

The spring schedule is as follows:

April 1, “Elder Mistreatment,” with Maggie Baker, PhD, RN

April 8, “Clinical Preventive Services for the Older Adult,” with William R. Phillips, MD, MPH

April 15, “Osteoporosis,” with Susan Ott, MD

April 22, “Medications in Aging: Optimizing Outcomes and Improving Safety of Treatment,” with Peggy Odegard, CDE, FASCP

April 29, “Vision and Our Aging Eyes,” with Tiffany Hollenbeck, OD

May 6, “Fearless and Pink: Aging in the LGBT Community,” with Erik Janson

May 13, “Thyroid Disorders in Older Adults,” with Alvin Matsumoto, MD

May 20, “An Overviewof Treatment Options in Parkinson’s Disease,” Ali Samii, MD

May 27, “Shingles,” with Steven Pergam, MD, MPH

June 2, “Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment,” with Wayne C. McCormick, MD, MPH

For schedule and registration updates, visit or contact Geri Heiner at 786-6591 or

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