Piney Woods Region

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Current Projects:

Debra R. Kiesel (Director) - Current projects include: serving on Planning Committee, Mission Possible Conference, SFASU, 3/12-3/13/19; reviewing annual applications for State Office of Rural Health Capital Improvement Grant program; writing  components of curriculum for TAE’s AHEC Scholars; building relationships with present and future community partners (Burke Centers, Episcopal Health Foundation, regional colleges and agencies). 

Lurah M. Bryant (Assistant Director) - Current projects include: facilitating the placement of students with preceptors (credentialing, housing, recruiting preceptors); training community health workers (new class beginning on April 10); assisting out-of-state medical students seeking local rotations; collaborating with SOMs and their staff; presenting at the Northeast Texas CHW Coalition Conference in July 2019 (topic is “CHWs—Key to Reducing Health Disparities in Rural and Underserved Communities”).

Mavis T. Yarbrough (HCPP Coordinator) - Current projects include: creating the Opioid Use/Abuse Curriculum for TAE’s AHEC Scholars; organizing and planning Spring 2019 Health Career Camp, March 26 and 27, Angelina College; collaborating with faculty/staff and providing mentorship for Social Work students, including two current undergraduate interns; offering Mental Health First Aid Training for youth and adults; working with all projects involving community and school liaison work and youth outreach.

Health Camp Mission Possible Students
Health Camp students who attended Mission Possible, where they displayed educational posters on public health topics for more than 300 conference attendees.
Immunization Learning
Students learning about immunizations from Sharon Shaw at the Angelina Cities and County Health District.
Food Safety Learning
Participants learning about food-borne illness, restaurant inspection procedures, and sanitation requirements for restaurants and food service providers, Angelina Cities and County Health District.
MissionPossible Luncheon
Mission Possible luncheon and presentation of community champion awards.
Health Camp Students
Health Camp students attended multi-disciplinary sessions at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin.
Mental Health First Course
Mental Health First Aid course taught by Mavis Yarbrough at SFASU in Nacogdoches.
Debra Kiesel

Debbie Kiesel


P.O. Box 6123, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Phone: 936/468-6901