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AHEC Scholars

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North Idaho AHEC Scholars, 2019-2021 cohort

“I am extremely grateful for this program and the knowledge that I have gained, because I have the confidence that I will be able to work with other professions in order to deliver the best care possible.” 

~ Kendi Smith, 2019-2021 AHEC Scholar, Dietetics student

Are you a health professions student looking to set yourself apart? Do you want to make a difference in rural and underserved communities?

Become an AHEC Scholar!

The AHEC Scholars program brings together students from multiple health disciplines, emphasizing a team-based approach to addressing health disparities.

The application for the 2020-2022 cohort is now open!

What's In It For You?

  • Engage with a cohort of up to 15 peers from multiple health professions fields.
  • Activities that complement your current academic program.
  • Earn a nationally recognized, HRSA endorsed certificate.
  • MONEY! Receive a $800 stipend for your two year commitment. 

Who Is Eligible?

The following courses of study are HRSA approved for the AHEC Scholars program:

  • Physician (MD and DO)
  • Athletic Training (Master's, Doctoral) 
  • Dietitian/Nutritionist (Bachelor's, Master's) 
  • Nursing (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral)
  • Social Work (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral) 
  • Paramedic/Emergency Medical Services (Associate's, Bachelor's) 
  • Physical Therapy/Physical Therapy Assistant (Bachelor's, Doctoral) 
  • Occupational Therapy/Occupational Therapy Assistant (Bachelor's, Doctoral)

To be eligible for the AHEC Scholars program in North Idaho, you must:

  • Be a health professions student enrolled in an approved program (see "Approved Disciplines" list)
  • Be in good academic standing in your program (if you are applying after your first semester)
  • Commit to a two-year AHEC Scholars activity agenda
  • Be going directly into the health professions when you graduate
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a foreign national having in your possession a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States
  • Be willing to be contacted with a survey one year after graduation from your degree program

*Pre-health programs that do not lead directly to a practicing health profession upon graduation and lab-based programs are not eligible.

What Are The Requirements?

  • Attend a virtual orientation to WWAMI AHEC Scholars in late October/early November.
  • 6 class sessions (1.5 hrs. each) on topics relevant to rural and underserved communities. Classes will be offered in the evening and available via Zoom. Sessions start January 2021.
  • 40 hours of community/experiential/clinical learning – your academic program’s clinical hours may apply if the setting is rural and/or underserved.
  • Optional field trip to a rural or underserved facility.


  • 6 class sessions (1.5 hrs. each) on topics relevant to interprofessional team dynamics. Sessions will occur Fall 2021 (Sept/Oct) and will be available via Zoom to accommodate clinical locations.
  • 40 hours of community/experiential/clinical learning – again, your academic program’s clinical hours may apply if the setting is rural and/or underserved.
  • AHEC Scholars graduation and receipt of nationally recognized, HRSA endorsed certificate.

Core Topics

Interprofessional education supports a coordinated, patient-centered model of health care that involves an understanding of the contributions of multiple health professionals.

Behavioral health integration promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substances abuse conditions.

Social determinants of health includes five key areas (determinants): economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care, neighborhoods and built environments – and their impact on health.

Cultural competency seeks to improve individual health and build healthy communities by training health care providers to recognize and address the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities.

Practice transformation aims to support quality improvement and patient-centered care through goal-setting, leadership, facilitation, workflow advancements, measuring outcomes, adapting organizational tools and processes to support team-based models of care delivery.

Current and Emerging Health Issues supports an understanding of and appropriate response to issues that affect specific geographic or demographic populations. Examples include Zika virus, opioid abuse, geographically relevant health issues.

Contact AHEC

Phone: 208-885-0131

Email: nidahec@uidaho.edu

Web: www.uidaho.edu/ahec