West River Area Health Education Center

Monthly AHEC Scholar Profile - September 2020

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Meet one of our 2020 AHEC Scholars! This month we are excited to feature Ashley Schaeffer, a graduate of the University of South Dakota's nursing program in Rapid City.

Headshot photo of Ashley SchaefferAshley Schaeffer, RN BSN
University of South Dakota

Ashley Schaeffer is a proud South Dakotan with rural roots spread across our state.  She graduated in December 2017 with an Associate of Science from Black Hills State University and May 2020 from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She currently works at a rural, critical access hospital in Sturgis, South Dakota. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, quilting, beadwork, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, skiing, snowboarding and traveling with her family.

We are thrilled to have Ashley as one of our AHEC Scholars! The AHEC Scholars program is designed for college-level health profession students interested in supplementing their education by gaining relevant knowledge and experiences in rural and/or underserved areas of SD. Program activities cover the following six Core Topics: Interprofessional Education, Behavioral Health Integration, Social Determinants of Health, Cultural Competency, Practice Transformation, and Current and Emerging Health Issues. Learn more about the program here.

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