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
  • HIV/AIDS
  • 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
    • September 15, 2018
    • 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

Benefits

  • 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.

How To Apply

  1. Download 2018 AHEC Scholars Application
  2. Fill out the form, save it to your computer
  3. A completed application will include the following materials:
    • AHEC Scholars Application
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • Transcript
    • Background Check to be completed by Charlotte AHEC
    • Immunization Records Upon Selection (Mandatory for clinical learning)
  4. Email Completed Application to Xavia.Miles@AtriumHealth.org
  5. Application Deadline Extended: July 1, 2018
Important Dates for Applicants
  • Application Deadline Extended: July 1, 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance: August 13, 2018
  • Orientation: September 15, 2018

Charlotte Admin Support

Joann Spaleta, FACHE, CDP, MBA, MHA
Assistant Vice President
Charlotte AHEC
Joann.Spaleta@AtriumHealth.org
Michelle Boyd, MS, CSSGB, CDP
Director, Health Careers, Diversity & Quality Education
Charlotte AHEC
michelle.boyd@AtriumHealth.org
Xavia-Margrith Miles
AmeriCorps VISTA
Charlotte AHEC & MedServe
xavia.miles@AtriumHealth.org

Charlotte Regional Advisory Committee

Lori Bequette, PhD
Provost
Carolinas College of Health Sciences
lori.bequette@carolinascollege.edu
Tammy Crump
Associate Vice President of Health Sciences and Public Health
Stanly Community College
tcrump5648@stanly.edu
Melinda Forthofer
Professor & Chair of Department of Public Health Sciences
UNC Charlotte
forthofer@uncc.edu
Tina Harper, BS, RRT-RCP
Program Director Respiratory Therapy
Stanly Community College
tharper3777@stanly.edu
Ruth Hedgepeth, EdD, MSN/MHA, RN
 
Central Piedmont Community College
ruth.hedgepeth@cpcc.edu
Donald Howard, MS, OT/L, CLT
Assistant Manager
CaroMont Rehab and Sports Medicine
92bison@gmail.com
Meg Patchett, PhD
Provost
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
meg.patchett@cabarruscollege.edu
Michael Thompson, MS, DrPH
Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences
Director, MHA Program
Director, Health Informatics and Analytics Program
UNC Charlotte
methomp1@uncc.edu
Maureen Walsh Koricke, PhD
Director of MHA Program: Assistant Professor of Health Administration
Queens University of Charlotte
walshkorickem@queens.edu

Institutional Partners

Xavia-Margrith Miles
Charlotte AHEC & MedServe AmeriCorps VISTA
xavia.miles@AtriumHealth.org