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 Health Career exploration programs are available for students entering 6th through 12th grades. The summer camps provide students opportunities to meet local healthcare professionals, through hands-on activities and/or health care facility tours. Current camps offered include MASH (Medical Academy of Science and Health) Camps, MedQuest Camps and MedTech Camps.

SEPA (Scientific Educational Partnership Award)
The SEPA program seeks to build understandings 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 Genomics Education National Initiative Annotation Collaboration Toolkit (GENI-ACT), an innovative technology which uses a hands-on, cyber-learning approach to increase knowledge of bioinformatics and bioinformatics software. Participation in SEPA introduces teachers to methods of incorporating bioinformatics studies into the classroom setting and provides ongoing support to students as they pursue STEM career plans.

P.U.L.S.E. Academy (Providing Unique Learning and Shadowing Experiences)
The PULSE Academy is designed to maintain and enhance interest in healthcare professions in high school students by providing direct experience and local networking opportunities with various healthcare professionals. Funded through the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo William F. Thiel Grant, the Pulse Academy seeks to foster interest in healthcare employment and encourage students to pursue local opportunities as future Wyoming County healthcare professionals.div>

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 2018 will be available soon.