Promotes legislative awareness, professional development, and recognition of best practices in all areas relating to healthcare education.


The mission of the Healthcare Education Commission is to support the goals and objectives of the Association of Florida Colleges and to promote legislative awareness, professional development and recognition of best practices in Healthcare Education.


  1. Executive Board
  2. Bylaws
  3. Minutes and Reports
  4. Awards and Recognition
  5. Announcements
  6. Newsletter
  7. Previous Award Winners

Welcome from the Chair!

Welcome to the Healthcare Education Commission, I am Dr. Alwyn Leiba and I am Chair of the Healthcare Education Commission.

In my new role as Chair, I hope to work to serve as a bridge to the next generation of healthcare educators and students. Now I ask for YOUR help.  I need each one of you to seek out a non-member and recruit them to AFC and our commission. Peer-to-Peer contact is vital to bring in new members. Lastly, on Friday, January 20, 1961, 
John FKennedy spoke his famous words, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. I say to you today “ask not what AFC and the Healthcare Education Commission can do for you, ask what you can do for AFC and the Healthcare Education Commission. Together we will achieve the mission and the goals of AFC.

I look forward to a year of collaboration and health. If you would like to join the Healthcare Education Commission please contact me at
[email protected].


Chair: Dr. Alwyn Leiba, Miami Dade College, email: [email protected]; Phone: 305-237-4412

Immediate Past Chair: Gloria Williams, Tallahassee Community College, email: [email protected]; Phone: 850-558-4502


Regional Representatives: Dr. Monica Franklin, Florida State College at Jacksonville, email: [email protected]: Phone: 904-766-6766

Legislative Liaison: Loretta Beorlegui, Eastern Florida State University, email: [email protected]; Phone: 321-433-7118

Secretary: Krystal Daniels, Miami Dade College, email: [email protected] Phone: 305-237-7239

Treasurer:  Wendy Smith, Indian River State College, email: [email protected]; Phone: 772-462-7772

Exemplary Practice Award: Dr. Colin Chelsey, Daytona State College, email: [email protected],edu; Phone: 386-506-4429


Recognizing the need to establish procedures and guidelines as they reflect the rights, responsibilities, and objectives of its membership, the Healthcare Education Commission hereby adopts these Bylaws:  

Healthcare Education Commission Bylaws - (Revised 2014)


6.8 Healthcare Education Commission Report

Submitted by: Gloria Williams, Commission Chair

Gloria Williams

Academic Coordinator - Health Care Professions

Adjunct Professor - Behavioral, Social Science, and Education Tallahassee Community College

Healthcare Commission Board Members:

  1. Chair-Elect – Carolyn Lytle (Tallahassee Community College)
  2. Treasurer – Wendy Smith (Indian River State College)
  3. Heather Hamlin – Secretary (Tallahassee Community College


  • Help plan the Region One Spring Conference


  • Partnering with Region I Spring Conference – April 16, 2021 @ Tallahassee Community College.
  • Healthcare Education Session:
  • Working from Home…It Can Be A Real Pain in The Neck!

What you can do to improve the ergonomics of your home office.

Many of us have been thrust into working from home, and do not have a dedicated office, let alone ergonomically designed office furniture. This presentation will give you tips on how to improve your makeshift home office to cause less stress on your body and decrease back and neck pain due to poor body mechanics.

Financial Report: AFC Healthcare Education Commission budget as of 4/9/2021 is $756.47



Looking for ways to fight Compassion Fatigue? Check out the article below to learn more!  

Health Tip for May CHD Prevention.pdf


We'll be publishing an updated newsletter, soon! For now, enjoy our archives.

October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month


 What Is Liver Cancer?

The liver continuously filters blood that circulates through the body, converting nutrients and drugs absorbed from the digestive tract into ready-to-use chemicals. The liver performs many other important functions, such as removing toxins and otherchemical waste products from the blood and readying them for excretion. Because all the blood in the body must pass through it, the liver is unusually accessible to cancecells traveling in the bloodstream.The liver can be affected by primary liver cancer, which arises in the liver, or by cancer  which forms in other parts of the body and then spreads to the liver. Most liver cancer is secondary or metastatic, meaning it started elsewhere in the body. Primary liver cancer, which starts in the liver, accounts for about 2% of cancers in the U.S., but up to half of all cancers in some undeveloped countries. This is mainly due to the prevalence of Hepatitis, caused by contagious viruses, that predisposes a person to liver cancer. In the U.S., primary liver cancer strikes twice as many men as women, at an average age of 67. Because the liver is made up of several different types of cells, several types of tumors can form there. Some of these are benign (noncancerous), and some are cancerous and can spread to other parts of the body (metastasize). These tumors have different causes and are treated differently. The outlook for health or recovery depends on what type of tumor you have.

What Causes Liver Cancer?

Primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) tends to occur in livers damaged by birth defects, alcohol abuse, or chronic infection with diseases such as hepatitis B and Chemochromatosis (a hereditary disease associated with too much iron in the liver), and cirrhosis. More than half of all people diagnosed with primary liver cancer have cirrhosis -- a scarring condition of the liver commonly caused by alcohol abuse. Hepatitis B and C and hemochromatosis can cause permanent damage and liver failure. Liver cancer may also be linked to obesity and fatty liver disease.


Exemplary Practice


Dr. David L. Sullivan (Pasco-Hernando State College)
Faculty Collaboration in Health Programs: Mentoring and Molding our Student's Future


Dr. David L. Sullivan, Pasco-Hernando State College
Student-Centered Engagement: Building Patients and Student's Higher Order Thinking


Dr. David L. Sullivan, Pasco-Hernando Community College and Julie S. Monsegur, Pasco-Hernando Community College
Collaborative Healthcare Simulation: Low Cost - High Impact


Mary Pelletier, Indian River State College