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. These opportunities are offered through partnering with organizations in a 19 county region through unique educational efforts.

Continuing Education

The Western Regional Area Health Education Center offers a myriad of virtual continuing education experiences in social work, nursing, dental, Physical/Occupational Therapy,  and CHES. We offer both live-virtual, and self-paced virtual trainings. 

Special Topics include:
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Substance Use/Abuse
  • Health Literacy
  • IPEER/MYPROUD Training 
  • Implicit Bias Training

See our offerings

Health Careers Pipeline Program

The Western Regional Area Health Education Center, in partnership with Spectrum Health, WMU College of Health and Human Services, and MSU College of Human Medicine, is pleased to offer a virtual Health Careers Pipeline Program to 9th and 10th grade students from White Cloud, Hesperia, Grand Rapid Public Schools, Innovation Central and Ottawa Hills.

The HCPP empowers high school students to pursue careers in the health professions through exposure to health career options, mentorship and health and wellness education. Students participate in engaging and enriching experiences to foster personal growth and leadership characteristics through web-based collaborative technologies (WebEx, Zoom, etc.). The HCPP helps students develop their confidence and a support system for their journey into post-secondary education/training and beyond.

Interested in be coming a HCPP mentor? Activities in the program are meant to foster personal growth, college readiness and leadership characteristics.

Mentor Application

Scholarships and loan reimbursement

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

Scholarship resources