Connecting to Better Health
Students to Careers & Professionals to Communities
High School & Middle School
Are you curious about the health care field? Do you have a desire to work at improving the lives of others? We have youth programs that are engaging, fun, and hands-on. You get to shadow health professionals and build your skills. Students in Grades 10-12 can experience all this in our summer signature program, MedQuest.
Will you be earning a degree in Health Sciences? Internships can open doors to many career possibilities. Undergraduate students in our College Student Healthcare Internship Program (C-SHIP) gain valuable work experience in community-based internships in our region. We offer paid internships that can be in-person, remote, or hybrid depending on the project.
Health Professions Students
Working and living in rural communities where your clinical expertise is greatly needed, offers a deeper connection to the people and their culture. We have numerous community projects that provide rewarding and meaningful experiences that can positively impact underserved populations. Graduate and Medical Students can take advantage of our homestay program to support their housing needs while on clinical rotation in Southern Vermont.
Looking to train the next generation of health professionals? Southern Vermont AHEC is committed to connecting practitioners with continuing medical education, collaborating with community partners in the recruitment and retention of qualified health professionals, and participating in the education loan repayment program administered by the UVM Office of Primary Care & AHEC Program. Health professionals can sharpen their skills and increase their organization’s capacity by serving as preceptors and site supervisors for our student programs.
What is AHEC?
Area Health Education Center. Since 1996, the Vermont AHEC Network has engaged academic and community partners to improve the distribution, diversity, supply, and quality of the health workforce in Vermont, especially in our rural and underserved communities. Southern Vermont AHEC is one of two independent nonprofit regional AHEC centers in Vermont.
Southern Vermont AHEC (SVTAHEC) is one of two independent not-for-profit regional AHEC Centers in Vermont funded by federal, state, and community support. A robust health workforce creates jobs, serves communities, and spurs economic activity.
Primary Goals of the Vermont AHEC Network:
- Strengthen Vermont’s health workforce development infrastructure through academic and community partnerships.
- Helping to train and develop a diverse healthcare workforce prepared to deliver culturally appropriate, high-quality team-based care with an emphasis on primary care for rural and underserved populations in Vermont.
National Nurses Week continues, and we are pleased to share the story of Bonnie Hanley, MSN, RN-BC, CNE, Associate Professor of Nursing at Castleton University School of Nursing.
Public Health Workforce: Essential to our Future. No truer words have been spoken.
We honor Public Health Workers during National Public Health Week (April 4-10) and everyday. They are the bridge builders, trailblazers, and compassionate advocates for healthier communities.
We need more Public Health Workers.
Speaker Circuit. Our Executive Director Jennifer Scott was the guest speaker at today’s Rutland South Rotary meeting. She provided an engaging presentation educating our members on the meaningful work SVTAHEC is doing to help build and sustain a health workforce, especially in rural and underserved areas of southern Vermont. If you want to learn more about our story
What Students Say
“Southern Vermont AHEC was integral in my exploration of medicine and has continued to provide insight into my future career as a physician. I am grateful for these opportunities and recommend AHEC programs for any student interested in the healthcare field.”