About AHEC Scholars

As part of the NC AHEC Scholars program, the Charlotte AHEC Scholars Program recruits, trains, and supports a diverse group of students enrolled in health professions programs across an 8 county region (Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Stanly, Union) in North Carolina. Together these students create an interdisciplinary team of health professionals devoted to the transformation of health care in North Carolina. We seek individuals who are committed to improving health and health care, devoted to community service, and interested in improving their own skills and in working with other professionals in team-based care.

With an emphasis on underrepresented minorities, rural, and first-generation college students, the Charlotte AHEC Scholars Program aims to improve the diversity and distribution of all health professions and support health systems transformation across the state. Each class of Charlotte AHEC Scholars represents a variety of health professions and institutions across the Charlotte AHEC Region.

Selected applicants participate in a 2-year educational program and may receive an $2,000 travel expense subsidy ($1,000 per year, subject to academic or institutional approval). Each AHEC Scholar will receive a NC AHEC Scholars Certificate, setting them apart from other students in an increasingly competitive environment. Selected scholars will meet students and faculty from academic institutions throughout the region and state. Scholars will be a part of a network of healthcare leaders and students, creating an invaluable opportunity to expand their network and support future career goals.

Scholars will participate in both experiential and didactic learning opportunities that will explore topics such as:

  • Interprofessional Education
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Cultural Competency
  • Practice Transformation
  • Current and Emerging Health Issues

Program Eligibility

  • Must be currently enrolled in a college-level health professions education training program in Charlotte AHEC Region by August 31
  • Reliable access to Wi-Fi
  • Must have access to reliable transportation
  • Eligible to work inside the United States

Scholar Responsibilities

  • Must be committed to the AHEC Scholars Program for a total of 2 years
  • Complete 40 hours of didactic training each year of the program
  • Complete 40 hours of experiential training each year of the program
  • Must complete all required assignments
  • Scholars are expected to attend the following dates for didactic instruction:
    2022–2023 Didactic Instruction Schedule
    • September 17, 2022
    • October 15, 2022
    • November 19, 2022
    • January 21, 2023
    • February 18, 2023
    • March 18, 2023
  • Experiential learning will occur in Spring of each year

Benefits

  • Scholars will receive $2,000 allowance ($1,000 per year) to offset expenses.
  • Scholars will have opportunities to engage and network with thought leaders in health administration, public health, medicine, academia, etc.
  • Scholars will be better positioned to work with diverse patients in rural and/or underserved communities.
  • Network with like-minded students that want to make a difference in healthcare.

Must be currently enrolled in a college-level health professions education training program in Charlotte AHEC Region by August 31

Click Here for a List of Accepted Programs for the NC AHEC Scholars Program

  1. Download 2022 AHEC Scholars Application
  2. Save it to your computer to complete
  3. A completed application will include the following materials:
    • AHEC Scholars Application
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation - Download Letter of Recommendation Form
    • Copy of Official Transcript (Due to the COVID-19 situation, we will accept an unofficial transcript at this time. However, an official transcript could be requested prior to acceptance)
    • Resume
    • Additional information may be required upon selection such as:
      • Background Check to be completed by Charlotte AHEC
      • Immunization Records Upon Selection (Mandatory for clinical learning)
      • All students, including students in fully online programs, are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if they do not receive a medical or religious exemption
  4. Email Completed Application to Paulina.Crass@AtriumHealth.org
  5. Application Deadline: Deadline extension – June 10, 2022
Important Dates for Applicants
  • Deadline extension: June 10, 2022
  • Notification of Acceptance: August 5, 2022
  • Orientation: September 17, 2022
Sandra Agyemang-Duah
Cabarrus College of Health Science
Nursing
 
Liberty Anderson
NC A&T State University
Nursing
 
Tajauna Carter
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Health Systems Management
 
Theodore Castro
Johnson C Smith University
Public Health
 
Kayla Christian
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Health Systems Management
 
Kimberly Cunningham
Central Piedmont Community College
Allied Health
 
Myla Cunningham
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Health Systems Management
 
Dabreon Davis
Queens University of Charlotte
Public Health
 
Kayla Earley
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Public Health
 
Rebecca Ince
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Health Systems Management
 
Lisa Insixiengmay
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Health Systems Management
 
Keira Isom
Wingate University School of Pharmacy
Pharmacy
 
Ngoc Le
Queens University of Charlotte
Nursing
 
Kade McCulloch
Davidson College
Public Health
 
Pate Morgan
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Master of Health Administration
 
Margaret McDonald
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Health Systems Management
 
Mckenzie Muse
Wingate University
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
 
Man (Amy) Nguyen
Queens University of Charlotte
Nursing
 
Taylor Paterson
Wingate University School of Pharmacy
Pharmacy
 
Nancy Rios-Aispuro
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Health Informatics / Analytics
 
Hadyn Thynne
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Biology / Psychology
 
Maighia Vang
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Public Health
 
Chelsea Williams
Wingate University
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy
 
Frederick Wireko
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Masters of Health Administration
 
Alisha Woodside
Wingate University
Occupational Therapy
 
Monica Youssif
Queens University of Charlotte
Health Science / Psychology
 
Michelle Boyd, MS, CSSGB, CDP
Director, Health Careers, Diversity & Quality Education
Charlotte AHEC
michelle.boyd@AtriumHealth.org
Paulina Crass, BA, CSSGB
Education Specialist
Charlotte AHEC
Paulina.Crass@AtriumHealth.org
Joann Spaleta, FACHE, CDP, MBA, MHA
Assistant Vice President
Charlotte AHEC
Joann.Spaleta@AtriumHealth.org
Michael Ruhlen, MD, MHCM, FAAP, FACHE
Director, Charlotte AHEC
Vice President, Division of Medical Education, Atrium Health
Michael.Ruhlen@atriumhealth.org
Kamaria Brown, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Care Team Leader
Biddle Point Family Practice
Atrium Health
 
Manuel Campbell
Clinic Director of Levine Children's Specialty Centers
Atrium Health
 
Valencia Davis, MHA
Director of Practice Integration, Health Equity
Aledade Inc.
 
Lienne Edwards, PhD, RN
Associate Profesor Emeritus
UNCC School of Nursing
 
Carolyn Ford, PharmD
Professor
Wingate University School of Pharmacy
 
Vicki Gardin, PharmD
Network Clinical Pharmacist
Atrium Health
 
Diane Holmes, MSN, FNP-BC, CHFN, CCTC
Heart Transplant / VAD Coordinator
Atrium Health
 
Donald Howard, MS, OT/L, CLT
Assistant Manager
CaroMont Rehab and Sports Medicine
 
LaDrea Ingram, EdD, MS, MA, CHES
Senior Health Services Researcher
Information and Analytics Services
Atrium Health
 
Brandon F. Jones, PharmD, MBA
Pharmacist
Atrium Health
 
Patricia Koplas
PT and Health Advisor
Queens University of Charlotte
 
Tiffany Long
Education Specialist, CME
Charlotte AHEC
 
Vondra Love
Senior HR Consultant
Atrium Health
 
Ijeoma Okoye
Resident, Medical
Atrium Health
 
Andrea Phronebarger
Professor
Carolinas College of Health Sciences
 
Michael Thompson, MS, DrPH
Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences
Director, MHA Program
Acting Director, Academy for Population Health Innovation
UNC Charlotte
Sheila Wright, MSN, RN
Coordinator Mecklenburg/York Counties Faith Community Health Ministry
Atrium Health
 

Charlotte AHEC Scholars Regional Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly to provide support for our Charlotte AHEC Scholars Program.

Paulina Crass, BA, CSSGB
Education Specialist
Charlotte AHEC
Paulina.Crass@AtriumHealth.org