AHEC Scholars is a national honors program for health professions students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved settings. This is a longitudinal program with interdisciplinary curricula to implement a defined set of clinical, didactic, and community-based activities. All experiential or clinical training will be conducted in rural and/or underserved urban settings. Scholars are eligible for a $500 stipend!
Program duration is 18 months, June through November of the following year, and includes the following requirements for a total of 160 hours:
AHEC Scholars Program Core Topics--Educational and training activities will support the following six (6) Core Topics:
Interprofessional Education (also known as interdisciplinary training) which supports a coordinated, patient-centered model of health care that involves an understanding of the contributions of multiple health care professionals.
Behavioral Health Integration which promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substances use conditions.
Social Determinants of Health includes five key areas (determinants) of economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care, and neighborhood and built environment, and their impact on health.
Cultural Competency which seeks to improve individual health and build health communities by training health care providers to recognize and address the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities.
Practice Transformation which aims to fully support quality improvement and patient-centered care through goal-setting, leadership, practice facilitation, workflow changes, measuring outcomes, and adapting organizational tools and processes to support new team-based models of care delivery. AHEC programs are expected to develop and implement educational and training activities and build and strengthen strategic partnerships. Educational and training activities under practice transformation must target the specific skills and competencies needed to prepare students and practicing health professionals to effectively practice in a transforming health care system.
Current and emerging health issues such as Novel Corona Virus, Ebola and HPV Vaccinations will be discussed by the Scholars to keep their training relevant. They will gain a better understanding of new diseases, Zika for example, and crises such as the opioid epidemic, through updated research and intervention practices.
Students should fill out the application, linked below. All fields must be fully completed. Any application that is missing fields or attachments will not be considered for acceptance. The priority application deadline is March 15, 2021. Please click the button below to view and submit the AHEC Scholars Application.
WR AHEC Scholars Application
Our scholars come from many of our professional healthcare programs in western South Dakota, including USD Nursing, SDSU Nursing, Western Dakota Tech, and others. Participating in AHEC Scholars gives students access to an exclusive network of healthcare professionals and educational opportunities focused in rural and underserved populations. The program is designed for future healthcare leaders in western South Dakota to: