R-AHEC pipeline programs are designed to provide health education with specific focus on individual community needs and demographics. We provide information on and assist in facilitating a variety of local programs and events, including incentive programs, skill enhancing workshops, and industry certification courses. Please check back often to view the most current event postings. Pipeline programs (initiatives that guide students in a given direction over an extended period of time) have proven an invaluable strategy to address various recurrent workforce issues nationally.

Pipeline programming is designed to expose elementary, middle, and high school students to a variety of health career awareness programs and seek to foster life-long interest in science and math. R-AHEC’s chosen pipeline programs include a fun and interactive puppet show using “The Great Hospital Adventure” video presentation that introduces students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through third to the various health careers they may encounter on a trip to the hospital.

Career Exploration Programs This program is designed to enhance interest in healthcare professions in high school students by introducing them to the myriad careers available in the field.  The presentations also seek to foster interest in rural area healthcare employment and encourage students to pursue local opportunities as future healthcare professionals.

Western New York Genetics in Research and Health Care Partnership
The Western New York Genetics in Research and Health Care Partnership, funded by a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health, seeks to build understanding of best practices contributing to student motivation and participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in grades 6 through 12. The program trains teachers to use the Guiding Education through Novel Investigation Academic Collaboration Toolkit (GENI-ACT), an innovative technology that uses a hands-on, cyber-learning approach to increase knowledge of bioinformatics and bioinformatics software. Participation in the program introduces teachers to methods of incorporating bioinformatics studies into the classroom setting and provides ongoing support to students as they pursue STEM career plans.

Summer Internship Program 

Launched in 2016, the summer internship program was designed for high school seniors and 1st year college students who may be interested in pursuing studies in communications, public health, health education, non-profit management, or business operations. The program lasts for eight weeks. Applications for 2019 will be available soon.