AHEC Scholars

The WNY Rural AHEC Scholars Program is an interdisciplinary program in which healthcare professions students team up for three weeks during two consecutive summers to experience community-based training activities. Utilizing a hybrid model of in-person experiences and online modules, participants will gain in-depth training on topics designed to enhance patient care, such as cultural competency, social determinants of health, practice transformation, behavioral health integration, and interprofessional care coordination. All experiential training will be conducted in rural, medically-disadvantaged settings in Wyoming County for the year 2020, but may expand into other counties within WNY R-AHEC catchment area in the future.

This program is part of the NYS AHEC Scholars Program, whose overarching goal is for students to gain a valuable understanding about the numerous social and cultural factors that influence an individual’s overall health and their ability to access quality care.  By exposing students to social, financial, and cultural issues of care, the program aims to support the development of future healthcare professionals who are able to provide high-quality, patient-centric care to all members of their community.

Why Participate?

  • Rare opportunity to gain practical, culturally relevant learning experiences
  • Unique way to begin professional networking and gain healthcare team collaboration experience
  • Access to current, research-based, non-clinical online learning materials
  • NYS AHEC Scholars Program and WNY Rural AHEC Scholars Certificates of Completion and recommendation/reference resources

Eligibility:

  • Be currently matriculated into an accredited allied health or health professional degree/certificate program;
  • Be able to devote 3 consecutive, full time weeks for two consecutive summers;
  • Be interested in improving healthcare quality for all individuals, regardless of background

Requirements:

  • Rural AHEC Scholars will be part of an interprofessional team of approximately 3 – 5 students.  Participants will be expected to work collaboratively to complete projects that are designed to address social determinants of health.  Each Rural AHEC Scholar will have the opportunity and requirement to complete 40 hours of community-based experiential training per summer session.
  • Additionally, Rural AHEC Scholars will be required to complete an online curriculum that address topics designed to augment patient care, including cultural competency, practice transformation, behavioral health integration, and interprofessional care coordination.  Each Rural AHEC Scholar will have the opportunity and requirement to complete 40 hours of this didactic education per summer session.
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Counties Served: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates