UNMC Family Medicine Connect

Family Medicine welcomes new Deputy Director of AHEC Program

Nicole Carritt, MPH, joins the Department of Family Medicine as the Deputy Director and Program Manager of the Nebraska Area Health Education Center program.

Nicole has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Wayne State College and earned her Master’s in Public Health from UNMC. Professionally, Nicole spent five years leading a local public health department in western Iowa, overseeing over 20 public health and health care programs.

Most recently, Nicole was the executive director of Project Extra Mile, a statewide nonprofit organization in Nebraska, focused on preventing and reducing alcohol-related harms by advocating for evidence-based policies and practices. The work focused on providing training and technical assistance to coalitions, communities, and policymakers at every level; working with law enforcement partners; engaging in media advocacy; and training youth leaders.  She spent two years as the policy and research specialist before becoming the organization’s executive director.

She currently serves as an officer on the board of directors for the US Alcohol Policy Alliance and is a member of the Harrison County Iowa Incident Management Assistance Team.

Nicole is excited about the opportunities to work with AHEC and UNMC.

“I’m looking forward to being a contributing member of the large UNMC team and utilizing my knowledge and expertise to help build upon the successes of the Nebraska AHEC Program, making it a model for other states working collaboratively to recruit and train health care professionals in rural areas,” she said.

The Nebraska Area Health Education Center program, or AHEC, is a cooperative venture between a medical school (and/or its sponsoring institution) and community centers in remote locations.

UNMC received federal funding to establish AHECs in Nebraska in 2001, with Dr. Michael Sitorius serving as the principal investigator for the project. Since its inception, the Nebraska AHEC Program has been coordinated by UNMC College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. Five regional AHECs (in Grand Island, Norfolk, Scottsbluff, Omaha, and Lincoln) manage the day-to-day tasks, program coordination, and outreach.

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband and two elementary-aged children while staying active and outdoors.

Welcome, Nicole!

Dr. Jones Named Medical Director at Girls Inc. Clinic

Department of Family Medicine Assistant Professor, Andrea Jones, MD, will be taking on a new role as the medical director and physician contact at the Girls Inc. Katherine Fletcher Center, which includes a Nebraska Medicine clinic.

The clinic will provide services to girls who are 5-18 years of age and will focus on immediate care, physicals and reproductive health and wellness.

“The clinic at Girls Inc. supports Nebraska Medicine’s efforts in helping women and children lead safe and healthy lives in North Omaha,” Dr. Jones said . “It will not only serve as a health clinic but also has the potential to facilitate exposure to health care careers and spark the interest of young ladies in the community to seek out educational opportunities at UNMC.”

The clinic is set to open in July or August.

Congratulations, Dr. Andrea Jones!

Smoking Cessation in Clinical Practice

Andrew Ensz, a fourth-year medical student, presented ‘Smoking Cessation in Clinical Practice’ as part of a Family Medicine senior selective course on nicotine addiction. Ensz focused on the “five A’s” of smoking cessation and how he will work it into his practice.

“For my final year of medical school, I choose selectives that focus on the social aspect of medicine and ones that would involve having difficult conversations with patients. Smoking cessation is a conversation that is often more serious than we usually think,” Ensz said.

Ensz will complete his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Office Associates Complete Foundations for Success

Department of Family Medicine Office Associates Frauke Wilcox and Sarah Frink are recent graduates of the 2016 ‘Foundations for Success’ program hosted by UNMC.

‘Foundations for Success’ is a career development and networking series for Office/Service staff of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The goal of the series is to strengthen employees’ skills foundation so that they experience the highest level of functioning in their current position and are motivated to advance forward as leaders in their current/future UNMC positions.

Through several sessions, Wilcox and Frink gained personal insight about their work styles.

“I feel like I learned a bit more about myself, how I approach my work, as well as how people I work with may have a different approach to getting the job done.  The workshop pointed out that being aware of our differences is an asset rather than a deficit,” Wilcox said.

“It was interesting to dissect my personality and learn why I am more inclined toward certain work styles. It helped me learn how to better work with others who may have a different approach,” Frink said.

Participants attended four sessions on a variety of topics including, Valuing People, Owning Change, Developing U and UNMC, Navigating Difficult Conversations, Organizing for Success, and Creativity @ Work.

Family Medicine manual published in Romanian

The Taylor’s Differential Diagnostic Manual has made it’s way to a central European country known for the region of Transylvania.

The manual, edited by Department of Family Medicine faculty Paul Paulman, MD; Audrey Paulman, MD, MMM; Jeff Harrison, MD; and Kimberly Jarzynka, MD along with Laeth Nasir, MD, is available in Romanian under the name Taylor Manual de Diagnostic Diferential.