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2 Michigan Area Health Education Center (MI-AHEC) Program A warm welcome from Dr. Thomas Roe, Co-Program Director

3 MI-AHEC Supported by Michigan Area Health Education Center (MI-AHEC) is a program of the Wayne State University School of Medicine and College of Nursing in partnership with the Wayne State University School of Social Work and Eugene Applebaum College of Allied Health and Pharmacy. Initial funding was provided by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Wayne State University and The Kresege Foundation. Wayne State University’s MI-AHEC partners include: University of Detroit Mercy Dental School Detroit Wayne County Authority Central Michigan University Western Michigan University

4 National AHEC Program Purpose Created by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations Mission Connecting – Students to Careers – Professions to Communities – Communities to Better Health Activities Health Careers Recruitment Training Health Professional Students Supporting Health Professionals Health and Community Development

5 MI-AHEC Goals Our PurposeIncrease access to primary care health professionals for the residents of Michigan Goal 1Establish the WSU MI AHEC Program Office infrastructure and two proposed Regional AHEC Centers Goal 2 Improve access to clinical education in primary care urban and rural settings, medically underserved populations, and health professional shortage areas in Michigan Goal 3Increase the recruitment of underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged students in Michigan to the health professions including training of a diverse and culturally competent workforce Goal 4Improve the knowledge, skills and retention of health professionals in rural and urban health professional shortage areas and medically underserved areas

6 Benefits to Michigan Communities Access and Delivery of Healthcare - Increase diversity of professionals practicing in underserved communities - Address unmet healthcare needs - Alleviate health professions workforce shortage - Improve health of local communities Workforce Development - Increase Retention - Provide continuing education and professional development - Enhance the practice environment - Provide interdisciplinary clinical experiences College Prep/Access - Mentor disadvantaged and underrepresented students - Offer K-12 health career related programs and activities

7 AHEC Regional Center Activities Engage the community to develop cooperative solutions Support community-based training experiences Develop clinical sites for inter-disciplinary training Engage K-12 students in health professions careers Create a “home-grown” health professions workforce Recruit K—12 students from under-represented backgrounds Support the workforce in health professional shortage areas

8 What are our plans for self-sufficiency? Cultivation of community support: Assess community and regional support for local and state-wide AHEC activities Solicit cash support and in-kind contributions from community-based participants, organizations, and businesses Extramural Funding: Respond to potential local, state and federal extramural funding opportunities Leverage unique resources with partners similar to our unique WSUCON and WSUSOM resource sharing agreement Resource Generation Package AHEC resources as educational products and services that can produce revenue State Support: Funding through the legislature would be anticipated in fiscal year 2013

9 Potential Areas of Collaboration Health Care Professional Clinical Rotation AHEC Needs: Identify Gaps in Professional Clinical Student Rotations in the underserved communities and help fill the communities needs MPCC Assist with M-Search Profile: Contact clinics and have them complete a profile Healthcare Profession Continuing Education AHEC Needs: Bring Continuing Education to Healthcare Professionals Bring Healthcare education to the community MPCC assist Health Care Professional Help us identify Health Professional Needs in the communities in Underserved Areas

10 MI-AHEC Program Administrators Please contact the Co-PIs: Barbara Redman, PhD, RN, FAANDr. Valerie Parisi, MD, MPH, MBA Dean, College of NursingDean, School of Medicine Office (313) 577-4071(313) 577-4727 Email: Co-Program Directors Dr. Ramona Benkert, PhD, ANP-BCDr. Thomas Roe, M.D., Associate Professor, Nursing Asst. Professor, Family Medicine & Public Health Science Office: 313-577-4113(313) 577-1669 Email: MI-AHEC Program Office Linda Tarjeft Associate Program Director, Office: 313-577-5161 Email:

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