Connecting to Better Health
Students to Careers & Professionals to Communities
As we wind down Health Careers Awareness Month in Vermont, we wanted to spotlight careers in behavioral health, namely substance misuse prevention.
Prevention Works VT has brought a great deal of awareness to this much needed profession and here is what their Director of Programs, Beth Shrader had to say about building this particular health workforce occupation and their connection to Southern Vermont AHEC.
The Green Mountain Care Board has enlisted a team of experts to facilitate community conversations across the state to hear from YOU about your experiences with health care – what is going well, what do you want to see more of, and what could be better. Don’t miss the chance to add your voice to the health care conversation!
Southern Vermont AHEC’s mission is to help build a health career workforce in Vermont. To commemorate Health Careers Awareness Month in Vermont, several Vermont health professionals have shared their own impactful stories about why they chose to pursue a health career, and their connection to Southern Vermont AHEC. Listen to Dr. Jaclyn Lozier, Pediatrician with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, and a board member tell her story.
What is AHEC?
Area Health Education Center. Since 1999, 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.
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.
High School & Middle School
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 (CSHIP) 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.
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.”