The AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations.

Today, 56 AHEC programs with more than 235 centers operate in almost every state in the nation.

 

TUSCALOOSA, AL (www.wbrc.com) – The University of Alabama’s College of Continuing Health Sciences will partner with five regional AHECs in 2018 to convince high school students from rural parts of the state to consider pursuing health care careers and to practice in places similar to their hometowns.

DENVER, CO (patch.com) – AmeriCorps members will work with the six regional AHECs in Colorado and several regional partners across the state to organize community responses to the opioid crisis. The mission of the Colorado AmeriCorps Community Opioid Response Program, or CORP, is to assist communities in implementing strategies to reduce the impact of opioid abuse by coordinating community, youth and provider education events.

BOISE, ID (idahobusinessreview.com) – Katrina Hoff, director of Idaho AHEC, was honored with the Idaho Rural Health Hero Award at the Idaho Rural Health Association’s annual meeting on Nov. 7. Hoff was recognized for her efforts in helping the University of Washington secure grant funding to grow the Idaho program from one statewide center based in Boise to three regional centers in north, southeast and southwest Idaho.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (news.uindy.edu) – A summer camp for high school students interested in learning about the field of physical therapy will be available at the University of Indianapolis in Summer 2018. The program will be hosted by MICI-AHEC on the University’s campus and include several field trips.

PITTSFIELD, MA (www.berkshireeagle.com) – The Berkshire Area Health Education Center reached out to people trying to quit smoking at the inaugural Body, Mind & Soul Health Expo in Pittsfield, Mass. Silvana Kirby, director of Medical Interpreting Training at Berkshire AHEC, also recruited individuals who might be interested in learning how to be medical translators in the county.

LAS VEGAS, NV (www.vegaspbs.org) – Desert Meadows AHEC’s CampMED, a three-day immersion experience designed to stimulate students’ interests in science and health care, will return on July 19-21. The program, held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is for students entering the ninth grade in the fall.

HOUSTON, TX (txaheceast.org) – Texas AHEC East is working in a coalition with Cities Changing Diabetes— Houston, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes in Houston.

LUBBOCK, TX (www.westtexasahec.org) – West Texas AHEC’s new National AHEC Scholars program will launch in the fall of 2018 with a cohort of 25 trailblazers. The program will award college students up to $1,600 for a two-year commitment and will provide participants with experiences beyond the classroom through rural rotations and interdisciplinary learning. Deadline to apply for the fall semester is May 1, 2018.

BURLINGTON, VT (vtdigger.org) – Vermont students in grades 9th through 12th are eligible to apply to one of eleven intensive summer programs through the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont, including a new Health and Medicine Institute in partnership with AHEC.

MADISON, WI (news.wisc.edu) – A group of 75 University of Wisconsin–Madison students will hit the road this May to learn firsthand about the diversity of the state’s health care system. As a part of the Wisconsin Express program, which is organized by the Wisconsin AHEC, the students will travel to 11 Wisconsin communities to learn about public health dilemmas across the state.