2019 Ambassador Career Engagement Award Winners


Behavioral Health Education Center Announces the 2019 Ambassador Career Engagement Award Winners

Omaha, Neb., 7/25/2019 The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), pronounced “beacon,” has selected six programs for 2019-2020 to receive BHECN’s Ambassador Career Engagement Awards. Launched in June of 2017, the awards give funding to local community groups who offer introductory programming to educate Nebraska students, primarily in rural or underserved communities, about behavioral health professions.

The 2019 Ambassador Career Engagement Award Recipients are:

HOSA EXPERIENCE Mind Bending Careers with partners from HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) and BHECN Kearney. Up to 300 students from Nebraska HOSA Chapters and the Nebraska Family Community and Career Leaders of American (FCCLA) will learn about behavioral health careers during a daylong event at the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus.

Pathways to Behavioral Health Professions: An Insider’s Perspective with partners from Mary Lanning Healthcare and Grand Island Public School District (Grand Island Public High School). Between 50-75 students in grades, 10-12 will learn about behavioral health careers through small group discussions and meetings with professionals and peer specialists; presentations from representatives from local hospitals and organizations providing services; and book and movie club activities related to mental health topics.

Metro Area Teen Health Summit: Minding My Business coordinated North Omaha Community Care Council and UNMC Center for Reducing Health Disparities. This project will include 200 middle, senior high school and 1st-year college students from Douglas, Sarpy and Cass counties. Participants will attend a daylong conference with keynote speakers and breakout sessions to learn about behavioral health careers, healthy relationships, mental health topics, financial literacy, and interacting with police officers.

Behavioral Health Conference: Different Approaches to Treating Anxiety with partners from Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) and Nebraska Panhandle Area Health Education Center (AHEC). 100 Nebraska Panhandle high school students and community college students interested in behavioral health careers will attend a daylong conference to expose students to careers in behavioral health, reduce the stigma of mental illness, and provide students with coping skills they can utilize in their own lives.

Be Kind to Your Mind coordinated by Statewide Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska event. A half-day event open to all Nebraska girls scouts and their families to visit booths to learn about careers, family therapy, self-care activities, crafts, journaling, art therapy, anti-bullying, yoga, meditation, suicide prevention, nutrition, etc.

Bringing Awareness of Behavioral Health Career Paths to Rural Middle School Students coordinated by Western Nebraska Behavioral Health Clinics, and Chadron State College. This program will introduce 30-60 rural, middle-school-age students to behavioral health careers, topics, and inform them about opportunities like F.A.R.M. Camp and certificate and LADAC pipelines at Chadron State College targeting three middle schools.

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.


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