James Madison University

Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center

PHOTO: women learning about community health

At Blue Ridge AHEC, we focus on health and on the community. That's because we understand that community health must be community wide.

To strengthen community health, Blue Ridge AHEC actively seeks collaborative solutions that address health disparities and barriers to health and human services in local populations.

Specifically, we partner with academic and community agencies to develop, expand, or support health and human services for those whose health status is most vulnerable.

Linking local health and human service providers, resources and programs, Blue Ridge AHEC creates community response to community need - building community capacity  and solutions one opportunity at a time.

Our goal is simple - and essential. A healthy community for the health of all.

Blue Ridge AHEC is a partner program of the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services at James Madison University.

Virginia AHEC Scholars Program

The Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center (Blue Ridge AHEC) at JMU’s Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services is participating with the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority (VHWDA) in a unique initiative—the Virginia AHEC Scholars Program.  Set to launch this fall, AHEC Scholars is a ‘bonus track’ with a focused online curriculum and opportunities for community-based learning experiences in inter-professional, team-based settings in rural and medically underserved sites throughout the Commonwealth.  Students within two years of finishing their health career degree or certificate program are eligible to apply.  Refer to the announcement from our sponsor below. 

Announcing the opening of applications for the Virginia AHEC Scholars Program

The AHEC Scholars Program recruits, trains, and supports a diverse group of students from across the state, creating a multidisciplinary team of health professionals committed to both community service and the transformation of health care in Virginia. We seek individuals who are committed to improving health and health care, devoted to community service, and interested in improving their own skills and in working with other professionals in team-based care.

With an emphasis on individuals from underrepresented minority populations and/or from disadvantaged/rural backgrounds, the Virginia AHEC Scholars Program aims to improve the diversity and distribution of all health professions and to support health systems transformation across the state. Each cohort of VA AHEC Scholars represents a variety of health professions and institutions from every region of Virginia.

The deadline to apply is August 31, 2018. If you know someone who might be a good fit, check out https://www.vhwda.org/initiatives/ahec-scholars#application for more information.