Current AHEC Scholars


You made a great choice in becoming an AHEC Scholar. During your two years in the program, we aim to teach you about health challenges in Wisconsin communities through impactful and immersive education, help you gain experience, and build a network of interdisciplinary professionals. Below are the links and dates for components of the program, which must be completed each year. You will work closely with your assigned advisor to make sure you are meeting the requirements and feel supported throughout the program.

To help you keep track of your completion of the program’s components, you can download the document at the link below. Use of this document is entirely optional.

Program Checklist


Cohort 4, 2021-23: You will be contacted by your Center about the date of your second year orientation.

Cohort 5, 2022-24: Choose ONE from the following:

NEWLY ADMITTED Public Health, Social Work, and Occupational Therapy Students:

Click Here to Watch the Jan 6, 2023 Orientation


Choose THREE of the following sessions:

  • November 10, 2022, 7:00-8:15pm – Generational Leadership & Influences, REGISTER HERE
  • December 8, 2022, 7:00-8:15pm – Drug Court & Naloxone Training, REGISTER HERE
  • January 10, 2023, 12:00-1:15pm – LGBTQIA+ and Health Equity, REGISTER HERE
  • February 9, 2023, 6:30-7:45pm – Opioid Initiatives in Wisconsin, REGISTER HERE
  • February 22, 2023, 7:00-8:15pm – Compassionate Boundary Setting, REGISTER HERE
  • March 30, 2023, 12:00-1:15pm – Compassion Resilience Strategies: Spirit, REGISTER HERE
  • April 4, 2023, 6:30-7:45pm – Community Health Workers, REGISTER HERE


Choose ONE of the following Community Health Immersions. Spaces are limited depending on the session; first choice is not guaranteed. Use the list of dates, titles, and descriptions below to choose your top five preferred Immersions, and then submit them at the button below during your cohort’s registration period.

Registration for Cohort 4, 2021-23 will open on October 6 at 6:00am and close on October 16 at 11:59pm.

Registration for Cohort 5, 2022-24 will open November 10 at 6:00am and close on November 20 at 11:59pm.


In-Person Sessions (lodging and some meals will be provided at no cost)

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January 5, 13, 14, & 19, 2023 | Roe v. Wade Reversal | Milwaukee FULL

FULL Learn how Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is working to serve patients and communities in the wake of abortion becoming illegal in Wisconsin following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Topics include Planned Parenthood structure & key focus areas, reproductive health & marginalized populations, a tour of a clinic, Roe v. Wade historical view, strategies to continue providing access to care, and what actions you can take.

This hybrid Immersion will meet virtually on January 5, 2023 from 5:30-7:30pm, in-person in Milwaukee from January 13-14, 2023, and virtually on January 19, 2023 from 5:30-7:30pm. Dorm rooms are available at no cost to students who do not have lodging in Milwaukee during the in-person portion..

March 13-15, 2023 | Women & Children Health | Beloit FULL

FULL Understand women’s health through different perspectives with an emphasis on health equity issues. This experience will have both didactic and experiential learning experiences, giving you the chance to meet and learn from experts in the region from academia, community service agencies, and healthcare who are committed to addressing women’s health. Take a more in-depth look at women’s health and health equity issues by visiting organizations that offer support and services to women and families in need. This experience will also challenge you to understand how local issues transcend to global health concerns.

April 6-7, 2023 | Behavioral Health & Substance Use Disorder in Rural WI | Rhinelander FULL

FULL Join a live crisis simulation at Nicolet College, and visit local health and community-based organizations who provide care in behavioral health and substance use disorders in northern Wisconsin. Observe students, professionals, and community members providing a team-based approach to care delivery in a crisis situation, and learn about the specialized healthcare needs of rural communities. Includes a gas card to offset transportation costs.

April 20-23, 2023 | Culture Shock! | Milwaukee & Ashland area

Get out of your comfort zone! The difference between a rural and an urban setting can seem like Earth versus the moon. Culture Shock is designed to explore not just the opposite environments of what you may be used to, but also the stereotypes, fears, and assumptions that we have toward cultures, attitudes, and people, and how it relates to a healthcare career. If you have grown up in either a rural or urban setting, we encourage you to apply and learn through exposure and from fellow Scholars who have experienced a life opposite of yours.

May 21-22, 2023 | Indigenous Communities of the Northwoods | Menominee Nation

Immerse yourself in Wisconsin’s indigenous communities and cultures by exploring health care and public health care delivery in rural areas, health-related tribal policy, and social determinants of health/prosperity. During the two-day Immersion, learn alongside content-expert presenters from different tribes in Wisconsin and other local community organizations, all while learning with and from fellow students in differing health professions. Includes a gas card to offset transportation costs.

May 24-26, 2023 | Healthcare in the Plain Community: Amish & Mennonite | Marshfield

Experience Amish/Mennonite culture and rural health care while visiting these communities. Explore how respect for culture can interact with health care, and learn about the balance between cost of medical care and reduction of risk. Sites visited include public health departments, fee-for-service, midwifery and family practice clinics, dental practices, and various Amish/Mennonite businesses.

May 21-25, 2023 | Incarceration and Health | Lancaster

Have you considered working in a jail or prison, delivering healthcare to incarcerated persons? Ever wondered about healthcare implications for previously incarcerated individuals? Explore health, well-being, and healthcare delivery through visits to county jails, maximum and minimum security prisons. Gain an understanding of access and equity for these populations and how social determinants play a role. Hear from experts in the field, practicing healthcare providers, and public health professionals.

May 22-23, 2023 | The Muslim Community | Appleton

Learn about Muslim culture and religious requirements in health care settings, including physical, nutritional, communication, health, gender-based, and end-of-life needs. Activities include visiting the Islamic Center of Wisconsin and Community Resources throughout Outagamie County to hear about valuable information to use throughout your professional career.

May 22-24, 2023 | Native American & Rural Health | Ashland FULL

FULL See a wide variety of rural health care settings, including women’s health, acute care, public health, tribal clinics, and others. Hear presentations from a diverse group of practitioners and discuss the challenges and rewards of working in rural health in far northern Wisconsin, as well as culturally appropriate care for Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) populations.

May 23-25, 2023 | Milwaukee's Assets & Disparities | Milwaukee

Learn about this urban community’s unique cultural groups and assets while visiting a variety of health care settings and community organizations. Explore health care disparities and meet providers working to address these disparities. Topics include integrative healthcare, poverty, access to health care, homelessness, and language barriers.

Lodging will be provided in dorm rooms, which is a required component of this Immersion.

May 31 - June 2, 2023 | Rural & Underserved Communities of Monroe County | Monroe County

Gain knowledge about the unique barriers faced by rural, underserved communities across Monroe County by engaging with organizations serving Amish, Hispanic, homeless, uninsured/underinsured, and veteran populations. Learn how social determinants of health, interprofessional collaboration, and cultural awareness impact the work of rural professionals through a public health lens.


Virtual Live Sessions

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January 9-11, 2023 | Substance Use in Wisconsin FULL

FULL Dive into the topic of substance use in Wisconsin, and, more specifically, what this looks like in rural, north central Wisconsin. You will learn about: substance use and affiliated disorders; factors that lead individuals to misuse alcohol and other drugs; challenges that people who live with addiction face; the connection between substance use disorders and mental illness; local services aimed at prevention, treatment, counseling and recovery services; community collaborations; and career opportunities.

January 9-20, 2023 | Interprofessional Case Collaboration FULL

FULL This virtual Interprofessional Case Collaboration is designed to prepare you for professional practice. You will be divided into teams of 3 to 5 members with students representing at least three different professions/degrees to work collaboratively while conducting an analysis of a patient/client case study. Teams will have from January 9–18, 2023 to work on their root cause analysis, submit a 2-page executive summary, a 1-page budget, and a 10-minute video on their case analysis and recommendations. On January 19th & 20th, participants will review each of the teams’ presentations and provide feedback and submit an individual reflection of personal experience of working in interprofessional teams.

March 20-23, 2023 | Gerontology & Dementia

Northwest Wisconsin is aging at rates faster than most of the country and the state of Wisconsin due to “brain drain” and the retirees moving to the area. Explore gerontology, dementia care, and their careers and services associated with this demographic.

Spring Semester 2023 | Underserved Communities Series

Understand health through different perspectives with an emphasis on health equity issues surrounding underserved communities. Throughout this five part interprofessional series you will have the chance to meet and learn from experts in the region from academia, community organizations and healthcare. Meets virtually from 10:00am-12:00pm on March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, and April 18.


Virtual On-Demand Sessions

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December 1, 2022 - February 24, 2023 | Maternal Health in Wisconsin

Gain familiarity with the many professions and resources dedicated to supporting birthing parents during pregnancy, delivery, and the post-partum period, and learn how policies and biases in the US and Wisconsin affect maternal health and birth outcomes. In addition, take a look into specific considerations for various cultures and communities in Wisconsin. This Immersion will be delivered as a virtual course via Canvas, and can be completed on your own time during the designated period.

March 1 - May 26, 2023 | Maternal Health in Wisconsin

Gain familiarity with the many professions and resources dedicated to supporting birthing parents during pregnancy, delivery, and the post-partum period, and learn how policies and biases in the US and Wisconsin affect maternal health and birth outcomes. In addition, take a look into specific considerations for various cultures and communities in Wisconsin. This Immersion will be delivered as a virtual course via Canvas, and can be completed on your own time during the designated period.


Choose ONE of the following virtual live or virtual on-demand skills advancement options. Check back occasionally as new opportunities may be added. Speak with you Scholars Advisor if you would like to propose a different training to fulfill this requirement. When you have finished your skills advancement training, please fill out the form at the button below.

Skills Advancement Submission Form

Virtual Live

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WeCOPE Training

WeCOPE is an evidence-based program that helps healthcare students and providers cope with life. The training has been shown in randomized trials to reduce stress and depression, increase positive affect, and improve health behaviors. The seven-week program will meet virtually once per week, and an additional six practice hours are expected.

New training session in Spring 2023; Check back for registration link.

Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends USA is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom, the Dementia Friends initiative is underway in the USA. By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects people, each of us can make a difference for people touched by dementia.

Choose one of the following sessions:

December 21, 2022, 6:00-7:00pm
February 15, 2023, 6:00-7:00pm
April 24, 2023, 12:00-1:00pm

Register for Dementia Friends

Mental Health First Aid Certification

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. In addition to the five hours of live, virtual training, you will be required to complete two hours of pre-work. Each session allows a maximum of 12 participants, so register early.

Choose one of these sessions:

January 3, 2023, 8:00am-1:30pm
February 2, 2023, 8:00am-1:30pm
March 13 & 14, 2023, 5:00-7:30pm
April 5, 2023, 8:00am-1:30pm

Register for MHFA


Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is a patient centered approach for eliciting behavior change by helping patients explore and understand what is holding them back from being successful. Motivational Interviewing focuses on an empathetic, open minded approach, using various skills that ultimately provides the patient with the ability to recognize the discrepancy between their current behavior and their end goal. That new patient-discovered perspective leads to increased patient engagement, adherence to treatment plan and ultimately overall success in meeting their goals.

April 5, 2023, 5:30-7:30pm

Register for Motivational Interviewing

Tips from the Hiring Committee

Wouldn’t you want to know what the hiring committee thinks about you? Your resume, interviewing skills, even your professional demeanor? The reality is, you are judged in a variety of ways that you may not even recognize. Brad Gingras, NWAHEC Center Director, has spent his career sitting on the ‘other side of the table’ and has many stories, examples and strategies to share to make you the most competitive candidate possible.

Tuesday, January 24, 6:00-7:30pm

Join the Zoom Session



Virtual Day with the Experts: Autism and Down Syndrome

The Waisman Center presents six community “Day with the Experts” educational events focused on autism, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), cerebral palsy, cochlear implants, fragile X syndrome, and Down syndrome.

The series features presentations by Waisman Center researchers and clinicians, as well as a panel discussion with individuals and family members who share their experiences and expertise.

January 21, 2023, 9:00am-10:30am –  Virtual Day with the Experts: Autism 2023

March 11, 2023: Virtual Day with the Experts – Down Syndrome 2023

Register here.

PATCH for Providers: Youth in Health Care Settings

In this 90-minute workshop, PATCH Teen Educators share their authentic insights into the concerns, preferences, and realities of today’s youth in health care settings. Participants are asked to reflect on their own policies and practice and are challenged to consider ways in which they could be more youth-friendly. Health care providers from a variety of fields are encouraged to attend and participate in this workshop. As a result of this educational activity learners will be able to:
  • Describe the concerns, preferences, and realities of young people in health care settings.
  • Value diversity among teens and recognize the challenges and opportunities this poses in health care settings.
  • Explain ways to provide high-quality, youth-friendly health care services.
  • Develop confidence and skills to build positive relationships and communicate effectively with teens.
  • Advocate for and effectively communicate about appropriate youth-friendly health care services among the health care team.

Tuesday, March 14, 5:30pm

Register here.

Virtual On-Demand (complete any time)

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SBIRT Certification

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a public health approach to getting early intervention and treatment services to people with substance use disorders. It also helps those at risk of having these disorders. The SBIRT training program is designed to inspire and prepare providers to give evidence-based SBIRT services. Completing the training lets providers bill Wisconsin Medicaid for clinical SBIRT services they provide.

Access SBIRT

Telehealth for Healthcare Providers Certification

Learn the basics of telehealth services and delivery including the history and unique factors of telehealth, legal and regulatory layers, effective communication with patients, and how to present a professional, inclusive, and clinically effective patient visit.

You will be required to create an account on the NEWAHEC website.

Access Telehealth Training

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Training

Choose one of the CLAS trainings found on the Think Cultural Health website based on your interests or planned profession:

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Nurses, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Social Workers
  • Health Care Administrators and Providers
  • Cultural Competency Deployment Refresher
  • Disaster and Emergency Personnel
  • Maternal Health Providers
  • Nurses
  • Oral Health Professionals
  • Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants
  • Promotores de Salud

Access CLAS Trainings

NACCHO Roots of Health Equity Training

“The Roots of Health Inequity” is an online course for the public health workforce. This course contains five units that present different aspects of social justice as it relates to public health. Each unit provides an in-depth look at a specific topic by using interactive maps and timelines, slideshows, resource libraries, videos and interviews with practitioners.

Access Roots of Health Inequity

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Training

ACEs can impact kids’ health and well-being. They can have long-term effects on adult health and wellness. Their consequences can affect families, communities, and even society. Thankfully, ACEs are preventable. These trainings will help you understand, recognize, and prevent ACEs. Get the insights you need to create healthier, happier childhoods for kids today and bright futures for adults tomorrow.

Access ACEs Training

Zero Suicide

Improve your knowledge and skills in suicide prevention with these self-paced online courses. They are designed for clinicians and other service providers, educators, health professionals, public officials, and members of community-based coalitions who develop and implement suicide prevention programs and policies. Choose from “Counseling on Access to Lethal Means” and “Preventing Suicide in Emergency Departments”.

Access Zero Suicides Trainings

Respite Care Provider Training

The Respite Care Provider Training (RCPT) is designed for people interested in providing respite care to individuals with varying disabilities and ages across the lifespan. It is an entry-level training program suitable for individuals who have never provided respite before and individuals who are currently respite providers.

Access Respite Care Training Program

Cardiac Rare Diseases and Conditions (CARDIAC) Training

CARDIAC is a Pfizer-funded, free one-hour provider training on a rare disease, Transthyretin Amyloidosis Cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM)—its characteristics, diagnosis, and relation to health disparities.

Access CARDIAC Training Course


Please discuss your proposed 40-hour field placement with your Scholars Advisor or work with your advisor to find a placement that matches your interests and career goals. Clinical placements or internships coordinated through your academic program may be counted toward this requirement. The criteria for a field placement is that it at least 40 hours, includes interaction with a professional in a discipline different from your own, is located in Wisconsin or just over state lines, and is located in either a designated rural area and/or medically-underserved community according to the Am I Rural? website.

Field Placement Submission Form


Complete the program evaluation when you have finished all other components of the Scholars Program for the year. The evaluation will be available in January 2023.


Scholars Advisors Directory

Milwaukee AHEC
Suzanne Letellier,

North Central AHEC
Hollie Moe,

Northeastern AHEC
Brenda Birringer,

Northern Highland AHEC
Caitlyn Mowatt,

Northwest AHEC
Niccy Omann,

Scenic Rivers AHEC
Laura Pettersen,
Brianna Mowbray,

South Central AHEC
Shayna Mueller,

Optional Upcoming Events

HRSA Nurse Corps Scholarship Info Session
Tuesday, January 31, 2023, 12:00-1:00pm
Learn More Here
Virtual Registration Here


HRSA National Health Service Corps Scholarship Info Session
Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 12:00-1:00pm
Learn More Here
Virtual Registration Here


Scholars Volunteer Opportunity: 2023 Milwaukee Heart Ball
February 11, 2023 at Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee
Food and Admission is covered for Scholars volunteers
Learn more about the event here.
Fill out the interest form here.


Motivational Interviewing and SBIRT Training 2023
March 1 – May 31, 2023
Learn more and register here.