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AHEC Scholars 2022 Cohort



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The AHEC Scholars Program is a 2-year program for health professions students interested in addressing underserved urban and rural health needs in a transformed health system. Within this program, AHEC Scholars will be focusing on the 6 Core Topic Areas of Interprofessional Education, Behavioral Health Integration, Social Determinants of Health, Cultural Competency, Practice Transformation, and Current and Emerging Health Issues. We believe that education on these topics will be crucial for students to be prepared for the U.S.’s rapidly changing health system. 



Inter-Professional Education:

  • Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values
  • Use the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the healthcare needs of the patients and populations served
  • Communicate with patients, families, communities, and other health professionals in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease
  • Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan and deliver patient-/population-centered care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable

Behavioral Health Integration:

  • Describe the concepts and methods for integrating behavioral and social sciences with public health and primary care
  • Recognize, respect and value the role and expertise of healthcare consumers, family members, and both behavioral health and primary care providers in the process of healthcare delivery
  • Demonstrate ability to link healthcare consumers and family members with other resources, including but not limited to specialty healthcare, rehabilitation, and social services, peer support, financial assistance, and transportation, following up to ensure that effective connections have been made

Social Determinants of Health:

  • Describe contributions of economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care, and neighborhood and built environment to health disparities
  • Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities, and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community, and societal levels
  • Identify ways to incorporate population health, community engagement, and advocacy into clinical care

Cultural Competency:

  • Define cultural diversity including language, sexual identity, age, race, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomics, and education.
  • Describe the importance of cultural competency and “cultural humility” in communicating health content to patients and communities

Practice Transformation:

  • Describe the Quadruple Aim for the health care system: health, quality of care, smart spending, sustainable workforce
  • Compare the organization, structure, and function of health care, public health, and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  • Describe organization of the delivery of healthcare services in the United States
  • Describe elements of health systems transformed to better achieve the Quadruple Aim, including coordinated, comprehensive, accessible, team-based primary care, information systems, population health, continuous improvement, and alternative payment.

New and Emerging Health Issues:

  • Assess population needs, assets, and capacities that affect communities’ health
  • Identify the prevalence, current (and future) health impact, and possible responses to an emerging health issue of importance to Utah, such as teen pregnancy, opioid use, teen suicide, migrant health, e-cigarette use, HPV vaccination, or other emerging clinical or public health problems



  • Complete 44 elective hours, 80 clinical hours, entrance survey, exit survey.
  • Attend two Community Health Worker Seminars, Primary Care Summit, and two book clubs.

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