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) housed at JMU’s Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services is participating with the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority (VHWDA) in the Virginia AHEC Scholars Program. 

Set to launch in Fall 2018, the AHEC Scholars program is a noncredit program designed for students who have an interest in rural or underserved health care and are currently enrolled in a health career degree or certificate program from the undergraduate level up. This includes but is not limited to medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, nurse practitioner, nursing, physician assistant, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and public/population health students. Students within two years of finishing their health career degree or certificate program are eligible to apply (refer to the link below).

AHEC Scholars is a two-year program comprised of 40 hours of didactic and 40 hours of clinical and/or community-based activities each year.  Scholars will engage in study and experiences addressing core topics such as inter-professional education, behavioral health integration, social determinants of health, cultural competency, practice transformation, and substance use disorders. 

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Please see 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.

If you know someone who might be a good fit, check out https://www.vhwda.org/initiatives/ahec-scholars#application for more information.