NHS Receives Renewal Grant for Scholars Program | New

With a commitment to promote education and grow the local medical workforce, the Northeast Health System has received over $108,000 in renewal funding for the Health Education Center Scholarship Program of the hospital.

AHEC, a grant program under the Health Resources and Services Administration, aims to develop and improve education and training networks within communities, academic institutions and community organizations, while improving the access to quality health care by improving the supply and distribution of health professionals. .

“The program is three-fold,” said Michele Horn, NHS clinical educator and director of AHEC. “The Scholar program provides multidisciplinary healthcare students with training and stipends during the final two years of their education; the Pipeline program is outreach to high school students to encourage them to enter a career in healthcare; and the Continuing Education Program provides continuing education for healthcare professionals.”

The HRSA has designated most counties in Oklahoma as primary care healthcare professional shortage areas, and in 2017 the Oklahoma Region Health Education Program was created to address these shortages. . Based at Oklahoma State University, the OK-AHEC Program Office works with AHEC Centers to achieve grant goals. The NHS is one of the centers that covers 17 counties in northeastern Oklahoma.

“Health care providers are scarce, especially in primary care and in all disciplines in rural settings,” Horn said. “The Scholar Program financially assists students during their studies and provides nationally recognized, evidence-based training that gives the scholar the advantage of providing patient-centered care that emphasizes quality and safety. Then we go above and beyond by supporting workers and healthcare providers with ongoing training.”

To be eligible, individuals must be accepted into a health care training program through a college, university, or technical school; be expected to graduate within two years; and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. The NHS accepts applications all year round and once accepted into the program the student will complete the program through didactic and experiential hours. Major training topics include cultural competence, social determinants of health, behavioral health integration, practice transformation, current and emerging health issues, and interprofessional education.

The NHS has also worked with Connors State College on its career ladder program for licensed practical nurses to become registered nurses. Horn said Connors will provide LPNs with tuition waivers for 15 credit hours of general education requirements and the NHS can help defray additional costs through the Tahlequah Hospital Foundation scholarship. Once accepted into the scheme, the NHS may also provide an additional $10,000 career ladder incentive.

For more information about the Career Scheme, email NHS Recruiter Sharee Maggard at [email protected] or visit www.connorstate.edu/nursing/career-ladder. For more information about the AHEC grant, contact Horn at 918-229-1476 or email [email protected]

Ryan H. Bowman