AHEC Scholars is national program grant funded through the Health Resource & Services Administration (HRSA). The program is intended for health profession students who are serious about pursuing careers with rural and/or underserved communities after graduation. This innovative program will enroll 75 – 125 students annually from multiple universities and academic programs in Oregon. AHEC Scholars students will be instructed in concepts of Interprofessional Education (IPE), patient safety, social determinates of health, behavioral health integration, cultural competency, and practice transformation in a series of in-person and/or web-based didactic sessions designed to enhance their understanding of rural and underserved health care. Additionally, AHEC Scholars students will have the opportunity to complete community-based experiential training at rural and/or urban underserved sites across the state. In other words, AHEC Scholars presents a unique opportunity for a student to fulfill their degree requirements with an emphasis on rural and underserved health.
AHEC Scholars is a 2 year program and students must commit to being in the program for 2 years. Entry point into program is dependent upon each student’s school/program with the exit point at graduation/completion of your degree. A Kick-Off event for each new cohort will be held in September to mark the start of each year of AHEC Scholars.
Students must be enrolled in a health professions training program and be in good academic standing. Students must complete an AHEC Scholars application indicating their interest in and experience with rural and underserved populations and communities. Students who are accepted into the program will be notified by the Oregon AHEC Program Office.
Curt Stilp, Ed.D., PA-C
Director, Oregon AHEC
Linda Martin, MEd
AHEC Scholars Education Coordinator
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U77HP03052, Model State Supported Area Health Education Centers.
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