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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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.

Fall 2018 AHEC Newsletter

The FALL 2018 NEWSLETTER, features CHHS Immersion day, Disrupting Disparities: The Continuum of Care for Michiganders, Cassopolis Family Clinic Network breaks ground, 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.

Health Literacy Webinar now available

Dr. Doris Ravotas, coordinator of the interdisciplinary health services program, and Chris Trudeau, professor of law at WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School, presented on health literacy and tips for implementing health literacy initiatives.



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...

View latest newsletter

Scholarships and loan reimbursement

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

Scholarship resources