Nebraska AHEC Scholars Program


Nebraska Health Professions Students Can Gain the Edge By Becoming AHEC Scholars.


Health professions students who complete the Nebraska AHEC Scholars Program gain lifetime connections with health professionals in a variety of disciplines. Access to real world experience beyond the classroom will increase self-confidence in your field and give you a competitive edge when seeking employment. 

Becoming an AHEC Scholar will elevate your credentials as an emerging health care leader. AHEC Scholars gain access to exclusive workshops, potential employers, community leaders, and national and state resources on the latest health topics. The program is offered at no cost to the student. AHEC Scholars may be eligible for a stipend.

The 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.

Are you eligible for the AHEC Scholars Program?

A second round of applications is being accepted! Applications are due December 30.

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This two-year program is offered at no cost to the student and includes personal support from your region's AHEC Center.

Complete a culmination of 40 hours of didactic training hours each academic year in conjunction with your current health profession program curriculum. AHEC Scholars attend two workshops throughout each year connecting them to community leaders and potential employers. AHEC Scholars have access to the AHEC Scholars Huddle Series on workforce topics specific to Nebraska, opportunity to choose from two certifications, and online newsletters with access to state and national resources on the latest health topics.

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

AHEC Scholars Program Core Topic Areas

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.