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AHEC Scholars



Wisconsin AHEC Scholars is a two-year program designed to enhance and broaden a student’s healthcare training. Each year as an AHEC Scholar, you’ll participate in a combination of didactic and community-based experiential training in a Wisconsin rural community and/or with underserved populations. Learn more:

Educational and training activities support the following eight core topics:

  • Interprofessional Education

  • Behavioral Health Integration

  • Social Determinants of Health

  • Cultural Competency

  • Practice Transformation

  • Current and Emerging Health Issues

  • Connecting Communities and Supporting Health Professionals

  • Virtual Learning and Telehealth

We offer flexible pathways for students to complete their didactic and community-based experiential training each year.

The application to join our 2023 Cohort 6 AHEC Scholars Program is NOW OPEN!
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Scholars Stipend


AHEC Scholars Cohort 6 students earn a $1,500 stipend over the course of their experience. Stipends amounts are distributed throughout the 2-year commitment at regular intervals, upon successful achievement of program milestones.



Scholars Cohort


Each fall, WI AHEC accepts a new Scholars Cohort ranging in size from 105-145 students. The Cohort will complete their first and second years on the same timeline and are referred to by the academic year of their start (e.g. 2023 Scholars Cohort 6).

Community Health Internship Program (CHIP)

Wisconsin AHEC’s CHIP enables college students who have an interest in community health, public health and population health to work full time (40 hours per week) with local health departments, tribal health centers, community health centers and community service organizations throughout Wisconsin for an eight-week summer internship. In addition to valuable experience within local Wisconsin communities, students also:

  • gain valuable public health knowledge,
    skills, and experience while providing host
    sites with the extra capacity needed to strengthen and extend their practice

  • gain an understanding and an appreciation of the broad range of public health activities undertaken at the local level

  • earn a stipend (subject to income tax) for the level of commitment (full time, part time, or quarter time) over the 8-week internship experience


Community Health Immersions 

In partnership with communities across the state, AHEC has coordinated the award-winning Wisconsin Express program since the mid 1990s. This program gives undergraduate and graduate health professions students a unique opportunity to become immersed in Wisconsin’s diverse communities and cultures, while they explore health care delivery and public health in medically underserved areas, learning with and from students in other disciplines.

This program emphasizes the following Core Topic Areas:

  • Interprofessional Education: Supports a coordinated, patient-centered model of health care that involves an understanding of the contributions of multiple health care professionals (also known as interdisciplinary training).

  • Social Determinants of Health: Includes the five key areas (determinants) of economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care, and neighborhood and built environment, and their impact on health.

  • Cultural Competency: Seeks to improve individual health and build healthy communities by training health care providers to recognize and address the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities.


​Opportunities available:

  • Midwifery, Rural Communities & Native Americans | Ashland

  • Indigenous Communities & Cultures | Northwoods 

  • Native American, Hispanic, & Vulnerable Populations | Green Bay 

  • Incarceration | Lancaster 

  • Rural & Underserved Communities | Monroe County 

  • Urban Communities | Milwaukee 

  • Latinx Community | Beloit 

  • Muslim Community | Appleton 

  • Aging, Veterans, & Chronic Illness and Clark County Amish/Mennonite Cultures | VIRTUAL 

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