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 committed to improving health and health care through community engagement and 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 $800 travel expense subsidy ($400 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:

  • Wellness and Disease Prevention (Obesity, Tobacco, Domestic Violence, etc)
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Behavioral Health and Substance Use
  • Community Health and Advocacy
  • Chronic Conditions (Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Hypertension, etc)
  • End of Life Issues

Program Eligibility

  • Must be currently enrolled in a college-level health professions education training program in Charlotte AHEC Region by August 31, 2018
  • Reliable access to Wi-Fi
  • Must have access to reliable transportation
  • Eligible to work inside the United States

Scholar Responsibilities

  • Every admitted applicant must be committed to the AHEC Scholars Program for a total of 2 years
  • Every admitted applicant must complete 80 hours of clinical and didactic training each year of the program
  • Must complete all required assignments
  • Scholars are expected to attend the following dates for didactic instruction:
    Tentative Didactic Instruction Schedule
    • October 20, 2018
    • November 17, 2018
    • December 8, 2018
    • January 19, 2019
    • February 16, 2019
  • Experiential learning will occur in Spring 2019
  • Statewide NC AHEC Scholars Conference in Summer 2019


  • Scholars will receive $800 allowance ($400 per year) to offset expenses.
  • Upon successful completion of the AHEC Scholars Program, Charlotte AHEC Scholars will receive AHEC Community Health Scholar certification.
  • 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 students in various disciplines across North Carolina.

Charlotte Admin Support

Joann Spaleta, FACHE, CDP, MBA, MHA
Assistant Vice President
Charlotte AHEC
Michelle Boyd, MS, CSSGB, CDP
Director, Health Careers, Diversity & Quality Education
Charlotte AHEC
Kathryn Hall
AmeriCorps VISTA
Charlotte AHEC & MedServe

Charlotte Regional Advisory Committee

Lori Bequette, PhD
Carolinas College of Health Sciences
Tammy Crump
Associate Vice President of Health Sciences and Public Health
Stanly Community College
Melinda Forthofer
Professor & Chair of Department of Public Health Sciences
UNC Charlotte
Tina Harper, BS, RRT-RCP
Program Director Respiratory Therapy
Stanly Community College
Ruth Hedgepeth, EdD, MSN/MHA, RN
Central Piedmont Community College
Donald Howard, MS, OT/L, CLT
Assistant Manager
CaroMont Rehab and Sports Medicine
Meg Patchett, PhD
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Michael Thompson, MS, DrPH
Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences
Director, MHA Program
Director, Health Informatics and Analytics Program
UNC Charlotte
Maureen Walsh Koricke, PhD
Director of MHA Program: Assistant Professor of Health Administration
Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte AHEC Scholars Regional Advisory Committee meets once a month to provide support for our Charlotte AHEC Scholars Program.

Institutional Partners

Kathryn Hall
AmeriCorps VISTA
Charlotte AHEC & MedServe