Catskill Hudson AHEC Testimonials

"It was an absolute pleasure to participate in the Health Professions Seminar as a presenter! Without a doubt, Catskill Hudson AHEC carries out their mission with a skillful grace in delivering professional development opportunities to providers on topics related to and including underserved communities. As a result, professionals are better equipped with the tools and knowledge to serve various populations."
Acey A. Mercer, LMSW Practice Manager and Psychotherapist
Choices Counseling & Consulting, Senior Consultant
“The Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center has been a huge asset to our EMS leadership field! After working with them, we have been able to set a template that works in other areas of New York State and it continues to grow. Without their diligence and foresight, EMS Leadership education would not be where it is today.”
Doug Wildermuth, BS NREMTP, CIC, RF, PC
E5 Support Services, LLC
“Over the past two years, I have attended and participated in several AHEC conferences on adverse childhood experiences. The events were extremely well organized; speakers were excellent and provided the audience with knowledge and skills to address ACEs in their clinical and community settings. The staff are always responsive and friendly. The setting of the conferences (Hyde Park Roosevelt Library) was outstanding! Overall, AHEC provides an excellent service to healthcare providers, non-profit organizations and the communities they serve.”
Michele Solloway, PhD, MPA, SEP
Senior Scientist, SUNY Downstate College of Nursing
“Catskill Hudson AHEC and its Emergency Responder Leadership Academy, convenes an impressive set of resources on important and timely topics for leaders who otherwise would not have access to this wealth of knowledge and wisdom in the industry.”
Jonathan D. Washko, MBA, FACPE, NRP, AEMD
President, Washko & Associates, LLC
“I have had the privilege serve on Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center’s (CHAHEC) Nursing Workforce Development Workgroup and Nursing Summit since 2014. CHAHEC’s priority to educate the healthcare workforce on relevant and critical issues facing the nursing profession has inspired my continued involvement with this valuable workgroup. The staff at CHAHEC are insightful planners and deliver high quality educational programs.”
Elisabeth Marigliano, PhD (c), MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC
Associate Professor SUNY Delhi School of Nursing

“Being an AHEC Scholar has been an amazing experience. The projects that we get to be a part of allowed me to interact with many professionals and people from different communities and learn directly from them. Being part of the Opioid Education Project (OPEP) was extremely rewarding as it allowed me to learn more about the Opioid epidemic and how I can implement such knowledge to the population as a family physician. Everyone that I have met through the program has left a mark on me and, as an international student, being able to have this experience will most certainly shape the way that I work, understand and interact with the American communities as a physician and as a person."

“I joined AHEC Scholars during my second year of medical school and I am so grateful that I did! Over the course of the last two years, I've learned about topics and skills that are so crucial to the healthcare industry, but unfortunately are not always part of the typical medical school curriculum. Topics included, but were not limited to, social determinants of health, chronic complex illness management outside of the acute setting, and current healthcare crisis occurring in our community. Aside from this, I was able to interact and collaborate with student nurses and physician's assistants from schools across New York State to educate others on these topics. Megan, Kathy, Kayleigh, Caroline and all of the staff at CHAHEC are invested in your success and in bringing quality healthcare to the community, and it really shows! This program has set me up to not only to become a better physician, but also to continue learning from and giving back to my community.”
Alexa Walsh, M.S., OMS-III
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
“CHAHEC recognizes the powerful connection between health and community and continues to build this bridge via various programs. One of their programs is Scrubs Club, a pre-health exploration program for disadvantaged and underrepresented middle school and high school youth living in medically underserved communities. I joined the Scrubs Club Team as a pre-med senior from Marist College. With the overall goal of digitizing the program to match the current education trend, I had the privilege of offering my perspective as a pre-health student and working with a great team to make this goal a reality. Some of my contributions included reviewing each lesson plan and activities, incorporating interactive elements into each lesson, and creating new activities to increase engagement. Thanks to CHAHEC, Scrubs Club is providing the youth of our communities with the knowledge and information they need to pursue a career in the health professions.”
Shivani Patel
Marist College '22
"Delivering SCRUBS CLUB curriculum to schools through a partnership with AHEC has been an important part of the Delaware County Rural Health Care Alliance work plan in Delaware County. Youth are learning about health care careers in schools which is vital to the future of the health care workforce and health of our county and region"
Jeanne M. Darling
Executive Director Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County
“I have been a Public Health Nurse for greater than 30 years, with school nursing and pediatric practice sprinkled in there as well. I currently work for our local health department as a Maternal Child Health nurse. I engage with schools, daycare centers and Children’s Protective Services, to name a few. I have had the good fortune of working with Kathy Doyle and CHAHEC along the way, namely through the Nursing Summit and Scrubs Club (of which I am a HUGE fan). Ms. Doyle is a powerhouse, committed to the betterment of nursing as a profession and supporting those of us in the field. I was first introduced to the Scrubs Club by Ms. Doyle, and we were able to institute the program at an inner-city school, with a troubling graduation rate. The interest was immediate, the feedback was positive, and the results were heartwarming. Ms. Doyle fought hard to convince administrators that was a worthwhile program. I loved every aspect of it and yearn for its return. I am so very happy to have been involved with CHAHEC and look forward to their next venture, which, by the way, is being planned as we speak. Much good luck in the future, Kathy, and thank you for your support.”
Nancy Lenhert, RN, BSN, CLC, NYSAFE Public Health Nurse
Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health