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.
Scope of work:
- Pipeline Programs- provides a series of experiences and activities for kindergarten through 12th graders interested in pursuing a health career.
- Large scale one-day showcases that bring together a number of health care professionals
- Customized programs and workshops in schools and communities
- Health Career Clubs
- Summer Health Career Camps
- Community-Based Student Education (CBSEs) Programs- regional centers identify the number of students and types of training programs in each health professional school, assess site capacities, and assist in identifying clinic readiness and community engagement plans.
- Continuing Education (CE) Programs- support health professionals by identifying CE needs and connect clinicians to program material via distance technology and assist communities and clinics with retention of primary care providers.
- College/university courses