North Central

About Our Region

North Central Wisconsin remains the heart of “America’s Dairyland,” as well as the cranberry, potato and ginseng growing areas. It also includes major papermaking, insurance and pre-fabricated home building industries.  The region is mostly rural and is abundant with fields, lakes, forests, and trails. 

The North Central AHEC region served by two Community Health Centers (Family Health Centers of Marshfield and Bridge Community Health Clinic  in Wausau) with eleven service delivery sites. The many small communities in the region are also served by numerous rural health clinics and Critical Access Hospitals.

The North Central AHEC region is home to the Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin campus, the UW-Madison Wisconsin Physician Assistant Community-based  Track (wisPACT) program, four University of Wisconsin Schools (UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Stout) and three technical colleges  (Chippewa Valley Technical College, Mid-State Technical College, and Northcentral Technical College). Collectively these educational institutions offer a variety of health professions programs to meet with workforce needs within the region. North Central AHEC also supports a number of students who visit the region for clinical rotations and other community based experiential learning programs, such as UW Madison Medical and Pharmacy students in addition to students from other academic programs housed outside of the region.

At a Glance

Population

646,889 (12.47% of state)

Serving 11 Counties

Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Marathon, Pepin, Pierce, Portage, Taylor, Waupaca, and Wood

Health Professional Shortage Areas

All 11 counties contain Primary Care HPSAs

10 counties contain Dental HPSAs

9 counties are Mental Health HPSAs

Programs

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High School Students

Future Physician’s Day
Learn more here.

Virtual Reality Simulations
Learn more here.

Future Oral Health Workforce Day
With large dental workforce shortages in northern Wisconsin counties, this program is designed to introduce dental health careers to high school students and explore education and workforce opportunities in our rural area. Wisconsin AHEC is partnering on this grant funded program with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to offer FREE events throughout the state. Learn more here.

HOSA Chapter Support
HOSA-Future Health Professionals empowers students to become leaders in the global community through education, collaboration, and experience. Learn more about HOSA.

College Students

AHEC Scholars
A two-year program designed to enhance and broaden your health training with a combination of didactic education and community-based field placement in a Wisconsin rural or underserved community. Learn more on our program page.

AHEC Community Health Immersion
A unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate health profession students to connect with the diverse communities and cultures of Wisconsin, exploring health care delivery and public health in medically underserved areas. This well-known experience is integrated into our AHEC Scholars program, and we invite students outside of the program to join our sessions as room allows. Learn more on our program page.

Community Health Internship Program (CHIP)
College students who have an interest in community health, public health, and population health can apply for a paid 8-week summer internship. Students will have the opportunity to work with local health departments, tribal health centers, community health centers, and community service organizations throughout Wisconsin. Learn more on our program page.

Advocates in Medicine Pathway (AMP)
Learn more on our program page.

Future Physician’s Day
Learn more here.

WeCope
A free evidence-based program that explores emotional awareness, gratitude, mindfulness, self-compassion and more. WeCOPE has been shown to reduce stress and depression, increase positive affect, and improve health behaviors. AHEC partners with the UW Extension to provide an opportunity for you to take some time to care for yourself! Participants will meet virtually for an hour a week for six weeks. Learn more here.

 

Currently Practicing Healthcare Professionals

WeCOPE Provider Resiliency Training
A free evidence-based program that explores emotional awareness, gratitude, mindfulness, self-compassion and more. WeCOPE has been shown to reduce stress and depression, increase positive affect, and improve health behaviors. AHEC partners with the UW Extension to provide an opportunity for you to take some time to care for yourself! Participants will meet virtually for an hour a week for six weeks. Learn more here.

North Central AHEC Staff

Nicole Thill
Executive Director
(715) 849-2432 | nthill@nahec-wi.org

Emma Ceaglske
Education and Outreach Coordinator
eceaglske@nahec-wi.org

Hollie Moe
Program Manager
hmoe@nahec-wi.org

Tyler Schmidt
Pathways Program Coordinator
tschmidt@nahec-wi.org

Our Address

North Central WI AHEC
UWSP-Wausau Campus
518 S 7th Ave, Room 86
Wausau, WI 54401