The Western Regional Area Health Education Center at Western Michigan University offers programs that aim to enhance health care provider knowledge and to introduce health care careers to students.

2019 Hereditary Cancer Conference

HEREDITARY CANCER 2019:  The Dynamics of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing and the Role of Primary and Secondary Providers
This half-day conference increases professional knowledge of genetic testing, including the expanding market for direct-to-consumer genetic health testing, proposed Michigan legislation regarding family history risk assessments, mitigation and treatment of patient and family stress and anxiety brought on by genetic testing, and the significant advances being made using genetic testing for diagnosis and treatment.

Date and time: Friday, April 26, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: $65 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and free parking)
Location: Western Michigan University Grand Rapids, Beltline Location - 2333 E. Beltline Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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Euchre is the Best Medicine Charity Tournament 

Join us at this fun event on Thursday, March 28 for friendly games of euchre while benefiting the Health Careers Connection Program! This program focuses on helping graduating high school seniors get a head start on their goal of becoming health professionals by immersing them in an intensive 3-week on-campus summer program at the College of Health and Human Services at Western Michigan University. 100% of the proceeds benefit this program. Contact Melissa Ponstein at or (616) 771-9494 to register!

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Health Careers Connection Program

The Health Careers Connection Program offers high school graduates who will attend WMU an opportunity to earn six credits the summer between high school graduation and the beginning of their freshman year. Scholarships are available to each student accepted in the program. More information and application details are available here.

Spring 2019 AHEC Newsletter

The SPRING 2019 NEWSLETTER, features CHHS Immersion day, upcoming Euchre tournament fundraiser, Cherry Health 30th anniversary, community service awards, upcoming conferences and more. Read the latest newsletter.

Best health professions and expected job growth through 2026

Taken from the U.S. News & World Report (January 2018), these rankings are based on median salaries, unemployment rate and job growth estimates. See the rankings.

High School to Health Career Mentor Program at Van Buren Tech Center

Again this academic year, the Western Regional Area Health Education Center and Van Buren Technology Center are partnering to bring a comprehensive mentor program to at-risk students who are interested in health and human service careers who are enrolled in courses at the Van Buren Technology Center. If you are enrolled in courses at WMU's College of Health and Human Services and interested in a becoming a mentor, please contact Eriz Highey at or (269) 387-8156.


Read our FALL 2018 NEWSLETTER, featuring:

  • CHHS Immersion day
  • Disrupting Disparities: The Continuum of Care for Michiganders
  • Cassopolis Family Clinic Network breaks ground
  • Upcoming conferences
  • and more...

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Scholarships and loan reimbursement

Many of the AHEC community partners offer health care scholarships for a variety of disciplines.

Scholarship resources