Pennsylvania AHEC Scholars Program
PREPARING FUTURE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS FOR RURAL AND UNDERSERVED CARE
The Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center and its Scholars Program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $721,000 annually with no percentage of the work being financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
AHEC Scholars is a 2-year program and students must commit to be in the program for 2 years. Entry point into the program is dependent upon each student's program with the exit point at graduation/completion of your degree.
The program is delivered in two required components each year:
40 hours community-based, experiential, or clinical training in rural and/or underserved area
40 hours didactic education (online and in-person training focused on six Core Topic Areas)
Core Topic Areas:
Behavioral Health Integration
Social Determinants of Health
Current and Emerging Health Issues
Pennsylvania AHEC Scholars will be trained and mentored by faculty and health professionals working in rural and underserved communities.
Pennsylvania AHEC Scholars will learn in collaboration with students in various health care disciplines.
Scholars will learn how other health professionals think about patient care, what various team members bring to the table in caring for patients, and how to be part of an interprofessional team.
Students must be enrolled in a health profession training program, be in good academic standing, and be willing to commit to two years of program participation prior to graduation. Interested students must complete an AHEC Scholars application, indicating their interest in and experience with rural and underserved populations and communities.
Eligible health profession programs include, but are not limited to: Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing, Physician Assistant, Social Work, Physical Therapy, and Public/Population Health.
Apply online at:
PA AHEC Scholars Program: www.paahecscholars.org
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): https://www.hrsa.gov/
Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH): http://www.health.pa.gov/
Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center: http://www.paahec.org/
Students should have a current interest in rural or underserved healthcare and be currently enrolled in a health professions degree or certificate program and be two years from program or degree completion.
This includes but is not limited to students in Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing, Physician Assistant, Social Work, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Public/Population/Community Health programs.
AHEC Scholars is a program for health professions students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved urban settings.
PA AHEC Scholars will be awarded a certificate upon completion of the two-year PA AHEC Scholars Program, distinguishing them from their peers.
Scholars will also have the chance to meet leaders in health care and make connections with other participants, creating an invaluable network for their future careers in health care.
Area Health Education Centers work to improve the supply, distribution, retention, quality, utilization, and efficiency of a health care workforce committed to underserved populations.
We help bring the resources of academic medicine to address local community health needs.
The strength of the AHEC Network is our ability to creatively adapt national initiatives to help address local and regional healthcare issues.
Our partnering medical schools are Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in the Eastcentral Region and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in the Northeast Region.
To enhance access to quality healthcare, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals via strategic partnerships with academic programs, communities and professional organizations.
Recruit, Train, Retain: Empowering communities to create a healthy Eastcentral and Northeast Pennsylvania.
For more information, please contact:
Leslie Petroff, MPH
Debra Youngfelt, BS, MCHES, CTTS
Cindy Lynd, BA