What is an AHEC Partnership?
Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a national program with the mission to:
- Provide community-based training for individuals interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare field
- Encourage professional teamwork and participation in interdisciplinary training
- Prepare individuals to provide effective care to underserved areas and health disparity populations
AHEC’s mission closely aligns with the medical volunteer model of RIFC. In 2016, we established the Northern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in Providence, enabling our Clinic to develop and coordinate its student training and workforce development efforts. We partner with the Rhode Island AHEC State Program Office at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School, and the Southern Rhode Island AHEC at the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing to advance AHEC goals in Rhode Island.
Who can be an AHEC Trainee?
Currently, students enrolled with one of our academic partners can participate as AHEC Trainees. AHEC Student Trainees are placed at the Clinic by our academic partners to complete a health training program, gaining health discipline-specific skills and professional competencies in interdisciplinary teamwork, cultural sensitivity and caring for underserved populations. AHEC Student Trainees include:
- Clinical Nutrition Students
- Dermatology Residents
- Gynecology Residents
- Health Services Administrators
- Medical Assistant Students
- Nurse Practitioner Students
- Occupational Therapy Assistants
- Pharmacy Students
- Physical Therapist Assistant Students
- Physical Therapist Students
- Physician Assistant Students
- Psychiatry Residents
- Public Health Students
- Social Work Students