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 the 19 county region through unique educational efforts.

Scholarship Opportunity

The Mary Free Bed Guild, established in 1891, is a nonprofit organization that owns Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. In 2002, the Guild created the Minority Scholarship Program to promote diverse staffing that will better meet the rehabilitation needs of our patients. Minority students intersted in the scholarship should be pursuing degrees in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, therapeutic recreation, neuropsychology or orthotics/prosthetics. An individual is eligible to apply for a one-year scholarship for education-related expenses if he or she meets the established criteria. The scholarship amounts will vary depending on individual needs.

Treating Veterans and Their Families

Join the statewide AHEC program in Mount Pleasant, Michigan on Nov. 4 for a discussion about treating trauma for both veterans and their families. This conference is designed to provide an educational resource for healthcare professionals to better address the behavioral health issues of our returning service members. The 2016 conference will provide educational opportunities that build upon evidence based practices.  For more information, please call Lisa Brennan (616) 771-9497

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Best Practices in Screening, Referral, and Behavioral Health Interventions

On June 17, Western Regional AHEC will host a conference to inform health care providers about autism spectrum disorder diagnosis and referral processes. Presentations will be done by Krista Clancy, MS, LLP, BCBA, Director of Behavioral Services, University Pediatricians Autism Center, Wayne State University and Scott McPhee, MS, BCBA,Supervising Behavioral Consultant, University Pediatricians Autism Center, Wayne State University. They will speak to the current climate for ASD treatment and how health care providers can better understand the roles and responsibilities of an interdisciplinary team approach in the care of youth with ASD. The conference is FREE but preregistration is required. If you cannot make it to the live presentation at WMU on June 17, there will be a live simulcast of the presentation at the WMU Grand Rapids Beltline Campus on Aug. 19

Wayne State University offers high school students guaranteed admission to medical school and fully paid tuition for eight years

Western Regional AHEC partner Wayne State University and Wayne State University School of Medicine have created a program for that will offer four years of paid undergraduate tuition, four years of paid undergraduate room and board costs in university housing and four years of paid medical school tuition. The new program, Wayne Med-Direct, will admit 10 new students each year beginning summer 2016. The university is accepting applications from now until Jan. 15, 2016.

WSU will evaluate candidates through a holistic admission process. To be eligible for the program, candidates must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and 1340 SAT or 30 ACT score, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and be an incoming freshman. Preference will be given to students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds who are also interested in studying health disparities.

Students can apply for admission to WSU using the university application and submit the additional Wayne Med-Direct application

Talk & Tour Series

WR-AHEC has partnered with the Kent ISD to develop the Talk & Tour Series. The program will be a culmination of evening career exploration events designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors, focusing primarily on the health care workforce. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a career you are interested in. Each month, students of the Kent Intermediate School District and their parents will visit a different, highlighted industry/segment/topic. This will be a great opportunity to ask questions, get valuable career information and take a step forward in figuring out a career direction.   A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace.

National AHEC HPV Immunization Project

The National AHEC Organization received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a project to provide education to health professionals regarding the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Selected AHEC entities in all 50 states will work to increase awareness as well as train health professionals about the HPV vaccine. Visit the National AHEC Site to find more information on the efforts being done nationally. Some research indicates that doctors are the biggest obstacle to the HPV Vaccine

Virtual Job Shadow: Interactive Career Exploration

In an effort to expose both students and displaced workers to the ever expanding amount of healthcare careers, the Western Regional AHEC has  teamed up with Virtual Job Shadow. Through the online, interactive resource users are able to watch videos of professionals in real-life settings, search for academic programs or careers, or get help building professional documents. For groups interested in using Virtual Job Shadow in partnership with the Western Regional AHEC, please contact the office at 616-771-9497.

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