About the program
SD AHEC Scholars is a program for health professions students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved urban settings. This is a longitudinal program with interdisciplinary curricula to implement a defined set of clinical, didactic, and community-based activities. All experiential or clinical training will be conducted in rural and/or underserved urban settings. The program is housed within Google Classrooms and has modules for didactic and clinical/experiential education and evaluation components for the program.
Focus & Core Topic Areas
Community Integration & Resources
Social Determinants of Health
Behavioral Health Integration & Resiliency
Current & Emerging Health Issues
Telehealth & Virtual Learning
Students should have a current interest in rural or underserved healthcare, be currently enrolled in a health professions degree or certificate program, be approximately two years from program or degree completion, and will be entering into the workforce or pursuing a master’s or Ph.D. degree upon completion of the SD AHEC Scholars: Rural Health Leadership Program.
SD AHEC Scholars students include, but is not limited to, students in counseling, dental hygiene, medical, medical assisting, medical lab science, nursing, nurse practitioner, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, psychology, public/population health, radiologic technology, and social work programs.
CONNECT: Network with local health leaders
This program will allow you to network with health leaders from the hospital cares systems and other Scholars throughout the state and nationally.
LEARN: Expand your knowledge
This program will allow you to gain a better understanding of health in rural and underserved areas while stressing the importance of an interprofessional team.
EXPERIENCE: Build your resume
This program will allow you to add to your resume by connecting you to certificate training opportunities.
LEADERSHIP: Grow your leadership skills.
This program will help you to become a well-rounded leader through additional education opportunities.