Nebraska AHEC Scholars Program

The Nebraska Area Health Education Center (Nebraska AHEC) Scholars Program is part of a national initiative that prepares health profession students who want to serve in rural or urban underserved areas of Nebraska to become leaders in the changing health care system.

Nebraska AHEC Scholars gain skills and knowledge to enter the workforce a step ahead of their peers. Through online and in-person experiences, AHEC Scholars are introduced to subject-matter experts and community leaders. AHEC Scholars build a statewide network of peers from multiple disciplines and interact with health care practitioners. AHEC Scholars may be eligible for an annual stipend.

The Nebraska AHEC Scholars Program is for individuals committed to improving health and health care, devoted to community service, and interested in becoming leaders in the changing health care system.

The two-year program includes 40 hours of online and in-person training and 40 hours of community-based experiential training each academic year. There are two Tracks to become an AHEC Scholar:

Flexible Track: Complete 40 hours of online and in-person training at your own pace each academic year. In-person workshop dates will be given in advance and attendance is required. Mileage is reimbursed.

Complete 40 hours of experiential training in rural and/or urban underserved areas each year. Note, required clerkships/clinicals through academic programs may apply.

Applications for the Class of 2022- Flexible Track are accepted through April 20, 2020 – August 31, 2020. Class of 2022- Flexible Track starts October 1, 2020.

Intensive Track: Complete 40 hours of in-person training during a one-week workshop each academic year. Scholars must attend the entire week. Housing is provided, if needed.

Complete 40 hours of experiential training in rural and/or urban underserved areas each year. Note, required clerkships/clinicals through academic programs may apply.

Applications for the Class of 2022- Intensive Track are accepted through February 24, 2020 – April 15, 2020. The 2020 Workshop will be June 1- 5, 2020 in Omaha, NE. Dates for the 2021 Workshop will be set to accommodate those accepted.

Nebraska AHEC Scholars are supported by one of the five regional AHEC Centers: Central Nebraska AHEC, Northern Nebraska AHEC, Nebraska Panhandle AHEC, Omaha AHEC, and Southeast Nebraska AHEC.

The Regional Centers support AHEC Scholars to ensure successful completion of annual requirements and connect them to opportunities within the region 

The Program is developed around core topic areas that incorporate elements of leadership, communication, and critical thinking for students interested in practicing in rural or urban underserved areas.

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Nebraska AHEC Scholars Eligibility Requirements:

Interprofessional Education  
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  
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  
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  
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  
Practice Transformation - aims to address the changing health care delivery system and support patient-centered and team-based models of care delivery.