The Nebraska Area Health Education Center (NE AHEC) Scholars Program provides enhanced training and opportunities for health profession students interested in providing health care in rural and urban underserved areas of Nebraska. The NE AHEC Scholars Program aims to improve the diversity and distribution of health professionals in Nebraska and meet the state’s health workforce needs. The Program is intended to support a diverse group of students from across the state, creating a multidisciplinary team of learners committed to the transformation of health care.
Selected applicants participate in a two-year program that includes 40 hours of didactic and 40 hours of clinical experiential work each academic year. During the two year educational program, Scholars gain the knowledge and skills necessary to set them apart from their peers and be ready to jump into the workforce ready for success. Scholars will be able to apply their knowledge through enhanced community-based experiences related to health care delivery. Scholars may also be eligible for up to a $200 stipend annually.
Upon successful completion of the program, each NE AHEC Scholar will receive a formal certificate and letter of completion setting them apart from other students in an increasingly competitive environment.
NE AHEC Scholars Eligibility for 2018-2019 Academic Year:
- Students enrolled or accepted in a health profession training program of at least 18-24 months in duration by Fall 2018 (e.g., physical therapist assistant, paramedic, doctor, pharmacist, nurse).
- Students committed to improving health and health care, devoted to community service, and who want to develop their own skills.
- Students who have achieved at least at 2.5 GPA during the most recent academic year.
- Students who have access to reliable Internet service.
The Program is based around core topic areas incorporating elements of leadership, communication, and critical thinking for individuals who want to practice in a rural and urban underserved areas.
- Interprofessional Education (i.e., interdisciplinary training) - coordinated, patient-centered model of care involves an understanding of the contributions of multiple health professionals in delivering care.
- Behavioral Health Integration - development of integrated primary care and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions.
- Social Determinants of Health - five key areas: Economic Stability, Education, Social and Community Context, Health and Health Care, and Neighborhood and Built Environment] and how our living conditions explain in part why some Americans are healthier than others and why Americans more generally are not as healthy as they could be.
- Cultural Competency - improve individual and community health by training students to recognize and address diverse cultures, languages, and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities.
- Practice Transformation - aims to address the changing health care delivery system and support patient-centered and team-based models of care delivery.
The program will begin in October and run through May. In academic year 2018-19, health profession programs at Northeast Community College and Southeast Community College will pilot the program. Note: should you be enrolled in an eligible health profession training program at another institution you are still eligible to apply.