AHEC Scholars


The Arizona AHEC Scholars Program (ASP) is a two-year interprofessional program comprised of community-based experiential training conducted in rural and/or underserved settings within each of the Arizona AHEC five regional centers. The ASP builds from the Rural Health Professions Program (RHPP) and curriculum content devised in collaboration with each participating RHPP program and each regional AHEC center.

The Arizona AHEC Scholars (ASP) COVID Program is a new one-year interprofessional program with training focused on rural and/or underserved settings with an emphasis of the impact of COVID-19. AHEC Scholars already participating in the two year program are not eligible for simultaneous participation in the AHEC Scholars-COVID group. Community immersion or in-person experiences will not be a component of the AHEC Scholars-COVID group due to the current student travel restrictions at all ABOR schools. There may be voluntary community immersion experiences at a later phase.

Overview of the requirements for 2021-2023:

AHEC Scholars:

  • Are assigned to an interprofessional team, a Faculty Mentor, and Regional Center site.
  • Commit to 80 hours/year for two years (didactic + community experiential learning).
  • Understand that individual patients, families, communities and health providers are partners in shaping and delivering the educational experience.
  • Participate in reflection, active learning and critical inquiry.
  • Engage directly with patients and the community guided by their Faculty Mentor, RHPP Director, and AHEC Regional Center Director.
  • Learn factors affecting the social determinants of health, cultural competency, behavioral health integration, practice transformation, and current and emerging health issues.
  • Progress in learning from introductory experiences – reflective journaling; reviewing community health needs assessments and in the published literature; reviewing publicly available health information and reports; developing and administering surveys; collecting, synthesizing, and reporting data; presenting findings using contemporary data visualizations targeted to specific audiences (e.g., lay public or a professional audience); assessing the literature; and making recommendations to improve individual and community health.
  • Learn how collaborative relationships, team-based care, and interprofessional approaches to problems – including community agencies, patients, and health providers – are used.