About AHEC Scholars
In 2018 the AHEC Scholars program was introduced in AHECs across the country, creating a large cohort of health professions students becoming more prepared to care for rural and urban underserved patients in small interprofessional teams. The AHEC Scholars program is two years in length and applicants should be within two years of graduating from their program. In Missouri the regional cohorts are organized through the seven regional centers with support from the three program offices.
All didactic and community activities focus on the topics below. Community activities always involve two or more health professions.
(also known as interdisciplinary training) which supports a coordinated, patient-centered model of health care that involves an understanding of the contributions of multiple health care professionals.
Integrated Behavioral Health
Promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substances use conditions.
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 care 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. AHEC programs are expected to develop and implement educational and training activities and build and strengthen strategic partnerships. Educational and training activities under practice transformation must target the specific skills and competencies needed to prepare students and practicing health professionals to effectively practice in a transforming health care system.
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.
Current information will be provided on diseases such as opioid/substance use disorders, HPV, and emerging issues such as COVID-19.
Virtual Learning and Telehealth
Connecting Communities and Supporting Health Professionals
“Being a Scholar has connected me with professional training that helped solidify the skills and knowledge necessary to serve patients from varying life experiences. I have become more empathetic, considerate, sincere, and informed as a future healthcare provider.”
AHEC Scholars: Certifications
Certification in Mental Health First Aid
Certification in National CLAS standards
Certificate from Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
AHEC Scholars: Networking
Networking with health care providers and community health leaders
Network with students in various disciplines and across the state
Better prepared to work with diverse patients in rural and/or urban communities
Improved employability skills
- Resume review
- Job interview preparation
- Introduction to area health organizations