What the heck is AHEC? – By Teresa Strum, R.N.

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AHECArea Health Education Center (AHEC’s) are federally funded educational opportunities located throughout the United States. KSB Hospital hosts the Center, based at The Center for Health Services – Polo, covering 14 counties in Northwest (NW) Illinois. NW AHEC services are available to employees, employee’s children, neighbors, or anyone in the Centers service area. What can we do for you?

Health Career presentations – These are provided to schools for students to learn more about careers in health care.

Camps – The Rural Health Careers Camp is held at Rockford University in June. This is a 4-day camp providing high school students with a hands-on learning experience about different health careers.

Job Shadowing – High school and college students can spend time with a health care professional to see what they do on a daily basis.

Health Profession Student Training Award (scholarship) – This award is available to students who have participated in an AHEC activity.

Health Career Club at Sauk Valley Community College –This is a perfect opportunity for SVCC students interested in, or enrolled in, a health career program.

Preceptorship/Rural Health Experience – This opportunity is for students enrolled in a health career program. Students can spend 3-5 days in a Hospital exploring an inter-disciplinary approach to healthcare.

If you know someone that is interested, or enrolled, in a health career program our staff would be happy to help. Contact Teresa Strum, Director (x7859) or Melissa Rockwood, Coordinator (x7858) with questions, or check out our website at http://ahec.rockford.uic.edu/nwilahec/.

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