Health Careers Diversity and Recruitment
healthcare agencies in the Northwest AHEC 17-county region have a diverse and
culturally competent workforce at all health profession levels. We strive to
ensure that every K-12 student in the region is aware of and excited about the
broad spectrum of health careers as viable and attainable career options"
AHEC is committed to diversity and cultural competency not only due to its
diverse constituency but recognizes that ultimately the future health outcomes
of its constituency will be dependent upon a diverse and culturally competent
workforce. To that end, Northwest AHEC offers the following programs.
Project SEARCH Academy (Rising 8th graders and
rising 12th graders): Student Education, Awareness, and Recruitment for Careers
SEARCH is a six day enrichment program for rising 8th grade students designed
to recruit, educate, prepare and enhance the academic science qualifications of
middle school students as they transition to high school. The program includes
a 1 week in-residence component on the campus of Wake Forest University where
students work closely with WFU Biology department faculty, students and staff.
During the program, students build on their past experiences and current
knowledge in the areas of cell and microbiology all while gaining a better
understanding of the terminology of science. Throughout the week, students
participate in guided career facilitation sessions with a WS/FC high school
guidance counselor who assists the students in preparing a plan for the
remainder of high school and their post-secondary education. To conclude the
program, students participate in a twenty hour shadowing experience with a
health professional and are tutored once a week by HOSA students, all in their
home community. Cost of attending the camp is $400. Please contact Mrs.
Michelle Adams at 336.713.7726 for more information.
Camp Med (High School)
Med is a one-week summer day camp designed to recruit, educate and prepare high
school students for careers in the health profession. Each camp's logistics are
the result of collaboration between the local school system and the local
hospital. Students receive the NC Health Careers Manual which provides
information for 88 careers. The program specifically aims to identify at least
fifteen (15) diverse high school students in grades 9-12 who have an interest
in and the academic potential for a career in the health sciences. These
students are chosen from the seventeen (17) counties that make up the Northwest
AHEC region.9-12 CERTL/Northwest AHEC Mini-Fellowship in Research Program.
There is no cost for this program. Dates vary by county. Please contact your
science teacher or guidance counselor for more information.
Future Leaders in Health
Care Annual Conference (High School)
Future Leaders in Health Care Conference targets high school students that have
a strong interest in healthcare as a future career. The conference includes
educational workshops and discussions on specific topics like leadership
development, public health issues, cultural diversity in healthcare, adolescent
health, volunteerism, bioterrorism, and more. Students also have the
opportunity to network with several colleges and universities and healthcare
conference is part of the NC AHEC mission to improve the supply and
distribution of the healthcare workforce by providing support at every link of
the educational pipeline. Focus is placed on minority and disadvantaged
students because statistics show that in all health professions, minority
populations continue to be under-represented relative to the overall population
in the state. The United States Department of Health and Human Services states
that "increasing the number of minority health professionals is viewed as
a partial solution to improving access to care. Several studies have shown that
under-represented minority health profession graduates are more likely to enter
primary care specialties and to voluntarily practice in or near designated primary
care workforce shortage areas."
more information on Future Leaders please contact your science teacher or
is a day camp from July 14 through August 8, 2014 at SciWorks in Winston-Salem.
Half day camp (9am-12pm) for rising kindergarten and first grades and full day
camp (9am-4pm) for rising 2nd through 6th graders. The cost for K-1st group is
$100 per week for SciWorks members and $125 per week for non-members. For the
2nd-3rd grade and the 4th-6th grade groups the cost is $190 per week for
SciWorks members and $220 per week for non-members. Please call 336.767.6730
for more information.
Forsyth County School System hosts the Summer Enrichment Program at Brunson
Elementary School in Winston-Salem for 5 weeks beginning June 23rd through July
25th, 2014. Please contact Mr. Brad Oliver at 336.748.4070 or email
email@example.com for more information.
Activities and Programs
Northwest AHEC provides technical assistance and
partnerships for the following activities/programs:
Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Regions 5 & 7 Annual Fall Leadership
The primary focus and mission of HOSA is to promote career
opportunities in health care. Therefore, Northwest AHEC has partnered with HOSA
for the past three years on this health career-oriented activity as well as
hosted it. Participants include both educators and students who have an
opportunity to learn from health care professionals at WFBMC through a variety
of specific departmental presentations and tours. Additionally, the retreat
focuses on topics such as leadership, college admissions and medical careers.
Seventy educators, responsible for grades 9–12, from 25 counties (17 of the
counties are within the Northwest AHEC region), as well as, students from these
grades and same counties participated in the 2012 N.C. HOSA Regions 5 & 7
Fall Leadership Retreat.
in Science Annual Symposium
The American Medical Women’s Association WFSM
Chapter continued to collaborate with Northwest AHEC to implement the Sisters in
Science Annual Symposium. This program provides a rare opportunity for high
school girls to interact one-on-one or in small groups with women in medicine
and science. This year’s event registered 100 high school girls from
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
National Medical Association (SNMA) Annual Pre-Medical Student Conference
Northwest AHEC and the WFSM chapter of the Student
National Medical Association (SNMA) continued to partner and implemented the
2013 Annual SNMA Premedical Student Conference. The purpose of this activity is
to lay the foundation to increase the number of minority medical school
applicants matriculating into the four NC medical schools – Wake Forest,
UNC-Chapel Hill, East Carolina and Duke – to more accurately reflect the rich
diversity of the communities in which they will ultimately serve. Northwest
AHEC was pleased to provide staff support and funding for this event which
enrolled 221 diverse potential medical students.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Annual Science Fair
Northwest AHEC has continued to be a supportive
partner of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools’ Annual Science Fair.
Rather than supporting the participants during the day at SciWorks, this year
we formally hosted the middle and high school science fairs in our Deacon Tower
office space and subsequently hosted the formal luncheon awards presentation at
our Bridger Field House facility. More than 99 students, parents, high school
science teachers/administrators and local scientists participated in this
annual WS/FCS Science Fair.
Health Careers Manual
great resource specifically designed for the state of North Carolina. The North
Carolina Health Careers manual provides information for over 90 different
health occupations including job descriptions, average salaries, NC state
post-secondary institutions, financial aid opportunities, etc.
Careers YouTube Channel - videos of health professionals describing their
duties and training. http://www.youtube.com/user/NorthwestAHEC