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AHEC Scholars

Want to Lead Rural or Underserved Health Care into the Future? Become an AHEC Scholar!

WWAMI AHEC Scholars is an inter-professional and nationally recognized certificate program that emphasizes a team-based approach to addressing health disparities. This two-year program can be completed at no cost, complements your existing coursework and provides you with an agile skill set to lead health care transformation in rural and urban underserved environments.

Application Deadline: Sept. 20, 2019

Program Overview

  • Two free P/F courses, comprised of online modules (journal articles, TED Talks, reflections) and a maximum of six class sessions per academic year (available in-person or via Zoom).
  • Community/experiential/clinical training through a community project or service learning. Requirement: 40 hours per year, but these can often be completed via your degree program’s clinical component.
  • A networking AHEC Scholars graduation event and receipt of nationally recognized certificate.

Core Topics

Interprofessional education supports a coordinated, patient-centered model of health care that involves an understanding of the contributions of multiple health 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 abuse conditions.

Social determinants of health includes five key areas (determinants): economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care, neighborhoods and built environments – and their impact on health.

Cultural competency seeks to improve individual health and build healthy communities by training health care providers to recognize and address the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities.

Practice transformation aims to support quality improvement and patient-centered care through goal-setting, leadership, facilitation, workflow advancements, measuring outcomes, adapting organizational tools and processes to support team-based models of care delivery.

Current and Emerging Health Issues supports an understanding of and appropriate response to issues that affect specific geographic or demographic populations. Examples include Zika virus, opioid abuse, geographically relevant health issues.

New cohort begins Fall 2019 - Apply Now!

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This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U77HP03022, for the WWAMI Area Health Education (WWAMI AHEC) Program Office and its five regional Centers in the total amount of $679,700 for the 2019-2020 fiscal year (with a 1:1 total match of $679,700 from non-federally funded governmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


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Phone: 208-885-0131