AHEC Scholars

The application to join our AHEC Scholars Cohort 5: 2022-24 has closed.

"I would encourage students to sign-up because it has opened so many doors for me and allowed me to become more comfortable networking with individuals outside of my direct field and see the importance of interdisciplinary work."

AHEC Scholar, 2020 Cohort 3

ABOUT AHEC SCHOLARS

Join a national cohort of over 5,000 AHEC Scholars setting themselves apart with this nationally-recognized program! The Wisconsin AHEC Scholars two-year program is 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.

Program Benefits

  • Expand your knowledge of the health challenges and contexts of rural and underserved populations in Wisconsin to help you become a better professional
  • Build a professional network within a variety of health disciplines
  • Earn a $1,500 stipend over the course of your commitment
  • Receive a digital badge through UW Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
  • Gain a competitive edge in marketing yourself to employers

ANNUAL REQUIREMENTS

AHEC Scholars is a two-year program, and each of the components below must be completed in both years one and two, equating to 40 hours of didactic learning and 40 hours of a community-based field placement each year.

  1. Orientation
    Attend a virtual orientation at the start of each year. In year one this includes an introduction to the program, the staff, and an overview of the core topic areas.
    Option 1: Tuesday, November 1, 6:30-8pm
    Option 2: Thursday, November 3, 12-1:30pm
    Option 3: Sunday, November 6, 7-8:30pm
    Option 4: Wednesday, November 9, 4:30-6pm
  2. AHEC Connect
    Choose three out of seven offered virtual AHEC Connect Sessions, which focus on current and relevant health topics and include the opportunity to participate in discussion with other Scholars.
  3. Community Health Immersion
    Select a Community Health Immersion to develop a deeper understanding of health challenges and cultural considerations affecting populations in Wisconsin. AHEC offers a mix of live in-person, live virtual, or virtual on-demand options to accommodate a variety of schedules and topic interests.
  4. Skills Advancement
    Complete a skills advancement training from a selection including a number of certification options to better prepare you for your career and to enhance your resume.
  5. Field Placement
    Get hands-on experience with a 40-hour community-based field placement. Clinical placements coordinated through your academic program may be counted toward this requirement. Your AHEC Scholars Advisor will work with you to approve an existing field placement/internship or to find a placement that matches your interests and career goals.
  6. Program Evaluation
    Participate in an end-of-year program evaluation.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Be two years away from getting your degree (Fall 2022 Cohort must graduate spring, summer, or fall of 2024)
  • Commit to active participation for two consecutive years while concurrently working toward your degree
  • Plan to enter the workforce upon graduation from your current degree program and have an interest in working in a rural and/or underserved area within Wisconsin
  • Be currently enrolled in or accepted to one of the following degree programs that are at least two years in length:
      • Associate Degree:
        Gerontology
        Health Information Technology
        Nursing
        Occupational Therapy Assistant
        Substance Use Disorder Counseling
      • Bachelor’s Degree:
        Nursing
        Public Health
        Social Work
      • Graduate or Professional Degree:
        Dentistry
        Dietetics
        Medicine
        Mental Health Counseling/Psychology
        Nursing
        Occupational Therapy
        Pharmacy
        Physical Therapy
        Physician Assistant
        Public Health
        Social Work
        Substance Use Disorder Counseling

Questions? Contact Katie Freeman, AHEC Program Manager, at kmfreeman2@wisc.edu.