SWMO AHEC Rural School Programs

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At SWMO Area Health Education Center (AHEC), we work to increase access to health care through several programs. Our youth pipeline recruitment program begins by presenting health care career options to students in middle and high school to introduce them to healthcare careers and training options close to home. Our healthcare programming to high school students includes “Transportable Workshops” (TWs) and the AHEC Career Enhancement Scholars (ACES) club. TWs take the experience to the students in rural schools. This program is especially successful because many rural schools do not have resources to provide the workshops we can offer: dissections, CPR, phlebotomy, infectious disease, etc. In 2017, we provided TWs for over 3,100 students in our 21 county region. We also currently have 48 students involved in the ACES club. ACES is an elite club of students who must apply, interview, and be accepted into the program. They gain hands-on experience through in-depth workshops, job shadowing, preparation of applications for post-baccalaureate health care programs, and participation in Individual Career Planning sessions with one of our Health Career Coordinators.

Recently  SWMO AHEC received an in-kind office space in collaboration with Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, MO. This office space allows us the opportunity to expand our high school services, including both transportable workshops and adding another ACES club for that region. This will potentially increase our high school contacts by another 1,500 students and 25 in ACES.

We also host MASH (MO AHEC Science and Health) Camps in the summer for middle and high school students. These camps provide 2-3 days of hands-on experience and learning for students in a variety of health care fields. Students get to tour the hospital, see how the ultrasound and other technologies work, and other fun activities, like suturing. We have 3 MASH Camps scheduled for Summer 2018: Monett, Joplin, and Bolivar.

AHEC is raising funds to help support our MASH Camps, ACES club activities, and our Rural School Programs. Money raised will support food and supplies for the ACES and Transportable Workshops, and MASH Camps. Supplies include gloves, dissection specimens, phlebotomy supplies, gowns, etc. Most importantly, however, if enough funds are raised, we'll be able to provide scholarships for ACES and AHEC Scholars students who wish to participate, but cannot afford it. 

Help us show our students all the great health care career options in SWMO!

For more information about AHEC and the programs we offer, please contract Trisha Doering, Director at TrishaDoering@missouristate.edu. 

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This gift will help with snacks & supplies for workshops & MASH Camp.You'll receive a personalized thank you and a shout out on Social Media.


Your gift will help fund supplies for Transportable Workshops & ACES Events.You will receive a MASH Camp T-Shirt (with your logo), personalized thank you card and a Social Media shout out.


Your gift will help to fund lunches for all students attending MASH Camps. You'll receive the AHEC Newsletter, coffee, mug, MASH Camp T-Shirt(with your logo), personalized thank you card and a shout out on Social Media.


Your gift will help fund a scholarship for an entire AHEC Scholar or ACES Students' activities for the whole year.You will receive Recognition on the AHEC Website, gift basket, AHEC Newsletter, coffee mug, MASH Camp T-shirt(with your logo), personalized thank you card and shout out on Social Media.


Helps fund a scholarship for an entire AHEC Scholar or ACES students’ activities for the whole year, dissection specimens for a MASH Camp or ACES Workshop, and/or textbooks for the Clinical and College Prep AHEC Library.For your gift, you'll receive an inspirational book, plaque, ACES T-shirt (with your logo), recognition on the AHEC Website, gift basket, AHEC Newsletter, coffee mug, MASH Camp T-shirt (with your logo), personalized thank you card, and shout out on Social Media.