University of Nebraska Medical Center

Foundational of Educational Programs

AHECs are vitally important in the education and careers of health care workers. An AHEC might help a student interested in health occupations find enrichment activities and educational programs before high school graduation. Once the student enters a college or university, AHEC supports community-based student training. Health professionals working in Nebraska depend on their AHECs for continuing education opportunities.

Educational and training activities support the following seven topic areas:

Interprofessional Education
Also known as interdisciplinary training, which supports a coordinated, patient-centered health care model that involves an understanding of the contributions of multiple health care professionals.
Behavioral Health Integration
Behavioral Health Integration promotes the development of integrated primary 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 includes the impact on health of five key areas:

  • Economic Stability.
  • Education.
  • Social and Community Context.
  • Health and Health Care.
  • Neighborhood and Built Environment.
Cultural Competency
Cultural Competency seeks to improve individual health and build healthy communities by training health care providers to recognize and address the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities.
Practice Transformation
Practice Transformation aims to support quality improvement and patient-centered care through goal-setting, leadership, practice facilitation, workflow changes, measuring outcomes, and adapting organizational tools and processes to support new team-based models of care delivery. In short, targeting the specific skills and competencies needed for students and practicing health professionals to effectively practice in a transforming health care system.
Telehealth seeks to improve virtual learning and telehealth curricula and community-based experiential training. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all health care systems, hospitals, and clinics to rapidly implement telehealth services, simulation-based technology, and virtual trainings to continue delivering patient care.
Connecting Communities and Supporting Health Professionals
Connecting Communities and Supporting Health Professionals aims to increase training and development of CHWs and paraprofessionals to be the connectors who are able to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health professionals and the community to facilitate access to service and improve health equity, community/population health, and social determinants of health.

AHEC Programs

AHEC Scholars Program

Becoming an AHEC Scholar will elevate your credentials as an emerging health care leader.

Careers in Health Care

Nebraska AHEC Program produces the ‘Careers in Healthcare Challenge of a Lifetime’ book.

Community Based Experiential Training Core Topics

AHEC supports community-based experiential training in rural and underserved areas through field placements and clinical rotations for health professions students.