About Us

What is the role of the UP Regional Center (UPRC) and MI-AHEC?

In order to achieve quality, accessible primary care including dental care and mental health services, the UPRC and MI-AHEC are working to increase the number and diversity of health care students. The best way is to interest young people in health careers and foster their academic preparation for health care training programs. AHEC programs work primarily with K-12 students to facilitate their entry into the health care professions and through their educational training.  For example, a health careers fair or health professions camp for students in grades 8-12.  One of AHEC's goals is retention of current professionals through continuing education credits that offer support for health care professionals. For example, the UPRC and Wayne State hosted a simulcast, "Returning Veterans - A Seminar for Health Professionals," on April 24, 2014. 

Where is the UPRC in this process?

With the completion of analyzing secondary data from 2010 to 2014 for the 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula, the UPRC and Advisory Board have identified five counties to start the AHEC Community Engagement Process. Those counties are:

  • Luce and Schoolcraft - Eastern U.P.
  • Gogebic and Iron - Western U.P.
  • Menominee - Southern U.P.

The UPRC started with the eastern U.P. by talking with potential stakeholders, completing surveys and planning for upcoming Community Engagement Meetings. After all primary data is analyzed, future directions and programming ideas will be discussed with stakeholders in those counties. Programming will focus on providing opportunities for students to learn about and pursue health care professions based upon the unique needs of that community. 

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How can I contribute to the UPRC and MI-AHEC?

An individual or organization can contribute to the UPRC's mission and goals through many ways. Contribution can be achieved by completing a stakeholder survey by either contacting UPRC staff by phone or email or accessing the online survey here. Further contributions can be accomplished through partnerships by networking, coordinating, cooperating, and collaborating capacities in order to provide appropriate and relevant planning and programming ideas and resources toward effective implementation. Please access the contact page for further information. 

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