AHEC Scholars is a program for health professions students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved urban settings. This is a longitudinal program with interdisciplinary curricula to implement a defined set of clinical, didactic, and community-based activities. All experiential or clinical training will be conducted in rural and/or underserved urban settings.
Program duration is two years and each year includes the following for a total of 160 hours:
40 hours community-based, experiential, or clinical training in rural and/or underserved area
40 hours didactic education (focused on six Core Topic Areas)
CORE TOPIC AREAS
Interprofessional Education (also known as interdisciplinary training) supports a coordinated, patient‐centered model of health care that involves an understanding of the contributions of multiple health care professionals.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INTEGRATION
Promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substances use conditions.
SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH
Includes five key areas (determinants) of economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care, and neighborhood and built environment, and their impact on health.
Seeks to improve individual health and build health communities by training health care providers to recognize and address the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities.
aims to fully support quality improvement and patient-centered are through goal-setting, leadership, practice facilitation, workflow changes, measuring outcomes, and adapting organizational tools and processes to support new team-based models of care delivery.
CURRENT AND EMERGING HEALTH ISSUES
Current and Emerging Health Issues supports an understanding of and appropriate response to the current and emerging health issues that affect specific geographic or demographic populations. These might include opioid abuse, obesity, and air pollution.