Ms. Andrée Aubrey is the director of the Area Health Education Center at Florida State University College of Medicine. Prior to joining the Department of Family Medicine/ Health Affairs, Ms. Aubrey was the executive director of the Big Bend AHEC serving 14 rural and medically underserved counties in North Florida. During her nine-year tenure, Big Bend AHEC was recognized for the depth and variety of interdisciplinary projects developed and success in increasing the diversity of funding sources. Ms. Aubrey provides statewide leadership to the Florida AHEC Network in the development of model programs for training physicians to treat tobacco dependency. In 2010-11 she will be the president of the Florida AHEC Network, composed of five program offices at the College of Medicine at Florida State, Nova-Southeastern University, University of Florida, University of Miami and University of South Florida, as well as 10 community-based AHEC not-for-profit organizations serving all 67 counties of Florida.
A licensed clinical social worker, Ms. Aubrey has spent her entire career working in health-related areas with underserved communities and populations. Prior to her work with AHEC, Ms. Aubrey worked as an analyst with the Department of Elder Affairs and developed a statewide Medicaid research project, Consumer Directed Care, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Ms. Aubrey served as the psycho-social director for Big Bend Hospice for a number of years and was instrumental in the development of a children’s hospice and bereavement program. While a member of the Big Bend Hospice management team, Ms. Aubrey administered the medical social work, bereavement, pastoral care, and volunteer departments. Clinically, Ms. Aubrey developed children and teen bereavement support groups and Camp Woe-Be-Gone, a summer camp program in which a variety of creative arts provided youth with multiple avenues for expressing and coping with their grief.
Prior to her work with hospice, Ms. Aubrey was the program supervisor and senior clinician for an in-patient psychiatric and detoxification hospital serving Medicaid clientele and individuals without insurance. She also has worked in administrative and clinical capacities in various social service agencies and taught as a visiting assistant professor for the Florida State College of Social Work.
Ms. Aubrey is a founding and current member of the Advisory Committees for Field Education for FSU College of Social Work and FAMU Department of Social Work. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Neighborhood Health Services, where she serves on the Executive Committee.
Ms. Aubrey began working in 1999 to improve access to treatment for tobacco dependency. She is a tobacco treatment specialist, having completed all components of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's tobacco training program. She has also attended UMDNJ courses for treating tobacco dependency in individuals with major mental illnesses and other substance addictions.
Ms. Aubrey has developed expertise in the use of Motivational Interviewing to intervene more effectively with tobacco users who are not yet ready to quit. Her training for FSU faculty associated with the regional campuses on the use of MI skills in treating tobacco dependency has been consistently evaluated as high quality.
Ms. Aubrey is a faculty member for the FSU AHEC Tobacco Treatment Specialist: 3-Day Foundation Course, which prepares graduates to practice as tobacco treatment specialists. The 24-hour training program meets national standards and core competencies for training tobacco treatment specialists. Ms. Aubrey is working in collaboration with the Florida Certification Board, Florida Department of Health, and Florida AHEC Network to create the first state certification for tobacco prevention and tobacco treatment specialists, which may be available as early as August 2010.
Self-help cessation materials for individuals with low literacy have long been an interest. Using a service learning model, Ms. Aubrey has collaborated with Dr. Gail Bellamy, FSU Professor and Director of The Blue Shield and Blue Cross Center for Rural Health Policy and Research to involve medical and public health students in the creation of foto-novelas which focus on tobacco use and other chronic diseases in underserved populations. To view one completed foto-novela, Mario Decides to Quit, visit the FSU AHEC web-site at http://med.fsu.edu/HealthAffairs/ahec
Ms. Aubrey received her BSW and MSW from the FSU College of Social Work
Neighborhood Health Services, Board of Directors member and secretary, 2007 to present;
FSU College of Social Work, Field Education Advisory Committee, member and past chairperson - 1993 to present;
FAMU Department of Social Work, Field Education Advisory Committee, member and chairperson - 1999 to present;
Big Bend Rural Health Network, Board of Directors, member 1999 to 2007
National Association of Social Workers; Florida AHEC Network; Florida Rural Health Association; National Rural Health Association
Health literacy and tobacco