Husson University Launches New Institute for Continuing Health Education Programming

Date of Release: February 22, 2012

Dr. Barbara Higgins, Dean, Husson University's College of Health and Education, and Dr. Rodney Larson, Founding Dean Husson University's School of Pharmacy, are pleased to announce the launch of the Husson Institute for Continuing Health Education Programming (HI-CHEP).

The goal of HI-CHEP is to positively impact the health and wellness of Maine's citizens by providing continuing education to the health care providers of the State through a continuum of pre-professional to post-professional programming. This programming includes inter-professional collaborative continuing education programs on topics that are based on the current needs of Maine's healthcare professionals.

"Husson has taken the initiative to launch this institute because we recognize a strong need for continuing education programming for Maine's healthcare professionals," states Dean Higgins. "Ultimately, this will mean Maine's healthcare professionals are provided the best continuing education opportunities to better serve Maine's citizens."

The initial program, Husson Pharmacotherapy Series, will provide an inter-professional forum to work with pharmacists, NPs, nurses, physicians and other healthcare providers to improve drug-related outcomes through patient-focused medication management. The first session in the series is entitled, "Aging Effects on Individualized Dosing of Medications: Design and Monitoring" and will be held on February 29th from 5-6:30pm in the Libra Conference Room, O'Donnell Commons at Husson University. All healthcare professions are encouraged to attend.

HI-CHEP is also planning a session in collaboration with Eastern Maine Medical Center in April, which will focus on improving communication between primary care and mental health clinicians. A conference on older adults is scheduled for May.

"We are already collaborating with several practice organizations including EMHS, EMMC, St. Joseph Healthcare, and Maine Network for Health to provide high quality continuing education events" states Director of HI-CHEP, Alanna Stetson.

"A cornerstone of our programming is the inter-professional collaboration, which will strengthen our ability to meet the varied needs of healthcare providers in the State," adds Stetson. "For example, Dr. Rod Larson, Dean of the Husson's School of Pharmacy and one of the co-founders of HI-CHEP is encouraging his faculty to help educate and provide case study based skill sets to nurses and other health professionals through this Pharmacology Series on how to personalize drug therapy."

Those interested in attending the event on February 29th should visit the HI-CHEP website at http://www.husson.edu/hichep or contact Alanna Stetson at 207-992-1973 or stetsona@husson.edu .

For more information regarding this release, please contact Amanda Kitchen at 207-992-4925 or kitchena@husson.edu.

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