Last Saturday, Oct. 24, the AHEC Scholars Program kicked off its 3rd year of programming! Through Zoom, 43 undergraduate students from northeast Ohio, particularly Cleveland State, Kent State, University of Akron, and Youngstown State learned about health disparities and health equity. Mr. Chip Allen, Director of Health Equity through the Ohio Department of Health presented “WANTED: A New Generation of Leaders to Achieve Health Equity.”
The AHEC Scholars Program is open to undergraduate students who are in the last two years of study, enrolled in a health professions discipline, and are interested in learning more about addressing social determinants of health that affect patient and community health outcomes in medically underserved areas. Through didactic and community engagement, AHEC Scholars develop a deeper understanding of interprofessional collaboration that is crucial to delivering exceptional patient care.
Our next regional program is on Nov. 7, 2020, and the focus for this activity is behavior health. Students will participate and share coping mechanisms and isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applications are still be accepted for the AHEC Scholars Program. Learn more about the AHEC Scholars Program.
The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program is located in G-133 in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
-Submitted by Patti Thornborough