Connecting to Better Health

Students to Careers & Professionals to Communities


Happy National CHW Awareness Week!

Happy National CHW Awareness Week!

Vermont CHWs are joining all our sisters and brothers from across the country, by CELEBRATING the renewed promise and power of CHWs across our state—from rural communities, to small towns to our cities!

From a moment to a statewide movement, we are organizing to unite and strengthen our powerful voices into an ALLIANCE to increase awareness of our identity and the unique impacts of our work across diverse settings!

For the first time ever, VT CHWs participated in the NACHW UNITY Conference (early August in Austin, Tx) in-person and brought back their leadership and conference gifts to share with others!

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Critical Futures Podcast

Critical Futures Podcast

National CHW Awareness Week is here! To kick off this celebratory week we want to share with you this episode of the Critical Futures podcast about Community Health Workers. NACHW’s Executive Director Denise Octavia Smit was invited to discuss CHWs and the CHW workforce. We encourage you to listen to this podcast and share with us in the comment section your favorite part!

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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.

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.

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.

Undergraduate Students

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. 

Health Professionals

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 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.”


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Springfield, VT 05156

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Media Contacts & Inquiries

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A 501(c)(3) organization serving Addison, Bennington, Rutland, Windham, and Windsor counties in partnership with The University of Vermont Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine