Vermont AHEC represents a constant presence in health care and education, beginning with the first exposure of third graders to health career possibilities, through support for health professions students’ educational endeavors, to retention strategies that strive to keep health care practitioners in Vermont.
Our programs evolve as new needs develop: when continuing education was identified as a need for school nurses, Vermont AHEC and the Vermont Department of Health developed an ongoing program of educational sessions delivered via Vermont Interactive Technologies (VIT) to reach school nurses around the state. As the UVM College of Medicine focused increasingly on making more rural rotations available for medical students, Vermont AHEC wrote and won a federal grant (SEARCH) to make summer rural experiences possible for interdisciplinary teams of medical and health professions students. In light of increasing need for integration between primary care and mental health, substance abuse and behavioral health providers, the Office of Primary Care launched an annual day-long conference each fall for those health professionals called “Bridging the Divide” to educate about the collaborative continuum of care.
These and many other programs of the Office of Primary Care and Vermont AHEC are designed to promote an appropriate and adequate healthcare workforce in Vermont while being responsive to community healthcare needs throughout the state.
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