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Model State-Supported AHEC Program

Sponsored by Health Resources and Services Administration

$1.5M Funding
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increase diversity and distribution among health professionals, enhance health care quality, and improve health care delivery to rural and underserved areas and populations. AzAHEC establishes and maintains community-based training programs with an emphasis on primary care in off- campus rural and underserved areas. During this 5-year project period, the project goals include: Goal 1: providing education and training activities inclusive of community-based experiential training (CBET) by providing field placements and clinical rotations for health professions students and by implementing the AHEC Scholars Program (ASP); Goal 2: improving the health professions pipeline including diversity of the health workforce the AzAHEC system will provide recruitment, training, interactive and didactic pipeline activities for high school students (grades 9- 12) and pre-health professions undergraduates with emphasis on health careers, including public health; Goal 3: providing continuing education for currently practicing health professionals with emphasis on BHW’s six core topic areas; Goal 4: maintaining, developing and enhancing effective current and future strategic partnerships to implement, advance, and sustain the work of the AzAHEC program activities; and Goal 5: implementing a Statewide Outcome-focused Evaluation Plan. AzAHEC was initiated in 1984 and today a five-center AHEC system serves the entire state of Arizona geographically with centers covering all 15 counties as well as 22 federally recognized American Indian tribes. Arizona received core federal AHEC funding from 1984 through 1995. A Model AHEC state-support system began in 1995 (known today as POSME). The map illustrates the geographic service regions of each center. Distance from each Center Office to the Program Office located at the UAHS in Tucson, AZ is: EAHEC 118 miles; GVAHEC 120 miles; NAHEC 280 miles; SEAHEC 68 miles; and WAHEC 249 miles. This proposal demonstrates evaluation plan incorporates standardized student demographic surveys and longitudinal tracking for all levels of the training pipeline from pre-collegiate intent to go to college and pursue health careers and to admission, matriculation, graduation, and practice of health professions students through undergraduate, graduate, and/or medical school with choice of medical residency and graduate’s place of employment and percent practice in underserved communities or underserved populations. Validated surveys will be used to assess interprofessional education and cultural competency training impact. National databases (National Student Clearinghouse; National