AHEC Scholars

Are you:

  • A highly motivated individual?
  • Currently enrolled in an allied health or health professional degree/certificate program at Ithaca College?
  • Interested in improving health quality for all individuals, regardless of background?
  • Able to devote a minimum of 2 hours per week throughout the duration of a 2-year program?

Then AHEC Scholars may be a program for YOU!

The New York State AHEC Scholars Program is a two-year, interdisciplinary program with a defined set of clinical, didactic, and community-based training activities. All experiential or clinical training will be conducted in rural and/or medically disadvantaged settings in New York. For the first year of this program (beginning in September 2018), CNYAHEC is partnering with Ithaca College and the Family Health Network of Central New York

The overarching goal of the AHEC Scholars Program is for students to gain a valuable understanding about the numerous social and cultural factors that influence an individual’s overall health and their ability to access quality care. By exposing students to social, financial, and cultural issues of care, this program aims to support the development of future healthcare professionals who are able to provide high quality, patient-centric care to all members of their community.

AHEC Scholars utilizes a hybrid model of in-person experiences and online modules. Participants will gain in-depth training on topics designed to augment patient care, such as cultural competency, social determinants of health, practice transformation, behavioral health integration, and interprofessional care coordination.

AHEC Scholars Program Requirements

  • Each AHEC Scholar will be a part of an interprofessional team of students. Participants will be expected to work with a core group of patients to identify issues associated with social determinants of health and propose potential solutions that will ultimately reduce the number of avoidable hospitalizations and emergency room visits. Each AHEC Scholar will be required to complete 40 hours of community-based experiential training per year.
  • Additionally, each AHEC Scholar will be required to complete an online curriculum that addresses topics designed to augment patient care, including cultural competency, practice transformation, behavioral health integration, and interprofessional care coordination. Each AHEC Scholar will be required to complete 40 hours of didactic education per year.

 

Apply to the AHEC Scholars Program