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Western Regional Center Appoints Lori Stegmier Executive Director

April 25, 2013

Detroit, MI – The Western Regional Center of the Michigan Area Health Education Center (MI-AHEC) recently selected Lori Stegmier to serve as executive director. In this role, Stegmier will design, direct and assess all aspects of the Western Regional Center, including financial administration, program planning and development, personnel management, fundraising, and public relations and marketing.

Established by Wayne State University in 2010, MI-AHEC strengthens the state’s health care workforce by recruiting, training and retaining health professionals committed to increasing access to primary care. Through a statewide network of regional centers, MI-AHEC prepares underrepresented and disadvantaged youth for health care careers, promotes clinical training opportunities for students in shortage areas and provides continuing education programs for health professionals. The Western Regional Center services residents of 19 counties: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Hillsdale, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake, Lenawee, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa, St. Joseph and Van Buren. Congress created the national AHEC program in 1971.

Since 1984, Stegmier has held a number of positions in health care and program management, including director of health and safety services for the American Red Cross of West Central Michigan and chief health educator for the Kent County Health Department. Most recently, she served as an adult viral hepatitis prevention coordinator for the Michigan Department of Community Health, where she conducted needs assessments, developed viral hepatitis programming, provided training and technical assistance to community organizations, and prepared grant applications. As a consultant, Stegmier planned, implemented, and evaluated programs; coordinated community outreach activities; and wrote and reviewed grants for state and local health departments, schools, colleges and universities, and community-based organizations. Stegmier also briefly served as a teacher in the White Cloud Public School district.

A resident of Grand Rapids, Stegmier earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Central Michigan University. A certified health education specialist, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Health and Safety from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Western Michigan University is the hosting partner of the Western Regional Center. The university’s College of Health and Human Services will play an integral role in teaching and training the next generation of health professionals.  

MI-AHEC is funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, The Kresge Foundation and Wayne State University. Academic partners include Wayne State University’s College of Nursing, School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the School of Social Work; the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry; Central Michigan University; Western Michigan University; and Northern Michigan University.