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New Tracks, Speakers Series Offer AHEC Scholars More Opportunities

to Learn About and Help Vulnerable Populations

Pennsylvania’s AHEC Scholars now have even more opportunities to learn about and help vulnerable populations. Starting this fall, scholar applicants will be able to choose one of four interprofessional service learning tracks.

The four service learning tracks focus on the health of:

· School-age children

· Individuals who are food insecure

· Refugee, immigrant, and migrant populations

· Rural and other vulnerable populations

Scholars in each track will work together to learn about their population of focus, collaborate with community partners, and develop, implement, and evaluate projects that address identified needs.

Speaker Series: Scholars also will be able to learn from experts serving specific vulnerable populations through a new statewide speakers’ series kicking off in October. Initial speakers will describe their work to support the health of individuals living in poverty, migrant workers, and the homeless. Future speakers will discuss rural population-based health care, human trafficking, urban and rural diseases of despair, and community health centers. The Speaker Series is open to AHEC Scholars nationwide as well as academic faculty interested in learning more about the Scholars Program and speaker topics.

The AHEC Scholars Program is a two-year enrichment program for health professions students coordinated by AHECs nationwide. Scholars in Pennsylvania are studying to become nurses, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, health administrators, public health and other health professionals.

More information on the four service learning tracks and the statewide speakers’ series is available on the PA AHEC Scholars website at Scholar applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.



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