2018 Ambassador Career Engagement Award Winners


Behavioral Health Education Center Announces the 2018 Ambassador Career Engagement Award Winners

Omaha, Neb., 6/27/2018 The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), pronounced “beacon,” has selected five programs for 2018-2019 to receive BHECN’s Ambassador Career Engagement Awards. Launched in June of 2017, the awards give funding to the local community groups who offer introductory programming to educate Nebraska students, primarily in rural or underserved communities, about behavioral health professions.

The 2018 Ambassador Career Engagement Award Recipients are:

Increasing Awareness of Behavioral Health Professions Conference with partners from Western Nebraska Community College and Region 1 Behavioral Health Authority. This project will feature a one-day conference in Scottsbluff to expose interested high school and community college students to behavioral health careers and increase awareness of mental health stigma.

The HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) Behavioral Health Science Experience Conference with partners from Nebraska HOSA, University of Nebraska Kearney, Nebraska Department of Education, and HOSA Chapters across Nebraska. This conference, located in Kearney, will expose students to careers in behavioral health and provide networking opportunities.

Behavioral Health Conference coordinated by CenterPointe. This project will include a full day conference in Lincoln targeting college students from Doane University, Nebraska Wesleyan, Southeast Community College, Union College, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The conference will feature panels and speakers from various disciplines in the behavioral health field. Students will be able to network with career consultants, counselors and employers about their interests and career goals, discuss current job opportunities and internships.

Metro Area Teen Health Summit: Securing a Future for Everyone (SAFE) Youth Summit with partners from Omaha North High STEM Magnet School, North Omaha Community Care Council (NOCCC), and UNMC Center for Reducing Health Disparities. This day-long summit in Omaha will promote health, safety, and well-being to teens living in the Metro area with special focus on underrepresented and underserved junior high and high school students. Activities at this summit will be designed to introduce students to various behavioral health topics and behavioral health careers available in the workforce.

Corn This Way:  LGBTQ Youth Leadership Summit coordinated by GLSEN Omaha. Corn This Way will show youth and young adults career fields where they can enact change and better the lives of LGBTQ individuals in Nebraska. The all-day summit will take place in Omaha.


For more information about BHECN, or the BHECN Ambassador Career Engagement Awards, contact Jennifer Bull:  jennifer.bull@unmc.edu, 402-552-7693 or for more details on the list of winners, visit https://unmc.edu/bhecn/.

About the BHECN Ambassador Program
Started in 2012, the BHECN Ambassador Program has hosted conferences and presentations to introduce high school and college students to careers in behavioral health professions.

 About BHECN

The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), pronounced “beacon,” was established in 2009 by Legislative Bill 603 to improve access to mental health and substance abuse services, commonly referred to as behavioral health services, for all Nebraskans through the development of a skilled workforce. It is a unique partnership among the state legislature, academic institutions, and community partners to create a statewide workforce solution for the shortage of licensed behavioral health professionals. For more information about BHECN, visit www.unmc.edu/bhecn.