Continuing Education

The Alaska AHEC Program supports, coordinates, and disseminates information about continuing education (CE/CME) opportunities targeting health care professionals working in rural areas or with underserved populations. The goal of this program is to increase workforce retention by improving access to training. In order to closely monitor the CE/CME needs of providers in Alaska, the AHEC conducts periodic needs assessments in partnership with statewide health profession associations.

Click on the tabs below for information about specific resources and programs.

  • Alaska CACHE

    Clearinghouse for Alaska's Continuing Health Education (CACHE)


    Link to Alaska CACHE

    The Alaska CACHE: Clearinghouse for Alaska's Continuing Health Education was developed in collaboration with several health industry and government partners to support Health Care Professionals, CE Providers, and Facilities to meet their CE/CME and training needs.

    Features include:

    • Search for trainings by topic, profession, delivery type or CE/CME
    • Receive notifications of upcoming trainings
    • Maintain E-Portfolio of trainings
    • Register and pay for trainings online
    • CE Providers can promote and manage their trainings online

    Visit the website now!

  • Clinical Simulation

    Clinical Simulation

    Simulation dummyIn 2007 the UAA Office of Health Programs Development (OHPD) took up the challenge of Building Clinical Simulation Capacity in Alaska. The UAA AHEC supports this effort through coordination of several university/industry collaborative groups. These group efforts help provide access to simulation trainings for urban and rural health care providers by sharing knowledge and resources.

    Clinical Simulation photo

    The UAA AHEC works with the Interprofessional Health Sciences Simulation Center (IHSSC) which coordinates the UAA Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Faculty Steering Committee (ICSFSC). Each semester several UAA health programs collaborate in a multi-disciplinary simulation exercise to increase student awareness of each other's roles in patient care. For many, this will be their first introduction to delivering comprehensive care by using the Patient Centered Medical Home Model.

    For additional information on current simulation events, or to join any of these groups, please contact:

    Pat Sammartino
    Education Network Manager

  • Geriatric Telehealth

    Geriatric Telehealth Series

    The Alaska Health Education Center, The Alaska Training Cooperative, and The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority partners with University of Washington's Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (NWGWEC) to bring high quality geriatric trainings to Alaska via Interactive Virtual Classroom. Training locations are set up across the state at host organizations. Nationally and regionally recognized NWGWEC faculty will present each topic and facilitate each discussion.

    The annual series is designed for healthcare providers, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physical and occupational therapists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, and other interested professionals giving community-based providers working in the field of aging access to valuable information without traveling.

    The Winter Series usually begins the first week of January and the Spring Series in March.  Each series is 10 weeks long.  Trainings are held each Tuesday from 3-4:30 Alaska Time.  Watch the Alaska CACHE (Clearinghouse for Alaska’s Continuing Health Education) for the next series.

    NWGEC Logo

    AK CACHE Logo

  • HPV

    HPV Immunization Project

    Proud participant in the National AHEC Organization HPV Immunization Project
    National AHEC Organization--HPV
    HPV Vaccine Poster

    Human Papillomavirus Vaccination is Cancer Prevention.

    The National AHEC Organization received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide education to health professionals regarding the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Selected state AHEC centers work to increase awareness as well as train health professionals about the HPV vaccine, some by developing partnership with other organizations such as the American Cancer Society.

    Contact your Area Health Education Center HPV Ambassador for information on professional education opportunities about HPV Vaccination or check the Alaska CACHE (Clearinghouse for Alaska's Continuing Health Education)

    Alaska AHEC HPV Ambassador:
    Pat Sammartino
    Education Network Manager UAA
    Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce–Area Health Education Center



    The CDC has developed a new resource, the #HowIRecommend video series, that allows clinicians to see how four physicians make recommendations on raising vaccination rates and address HPV vaccination questions in their practices. They highlight three specific focus areas and address common parent and patient questions. The entire series is available at


     Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cooperative agreement number, NH23IP000960. The views expressed in the written materials and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by the US Government.


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