AHEC Newsletter – Fall 2016

North Dakota HOSA-Future Health Professionals

The North Dakota HOSA program is an organization that provides a unique opportunity for leadership development, motivation, and recognition for secondary, postsecondary, collegiate, and adult students enrolled in health science classes. It is administered through the North Dakota Area Health Education Centers and is expanding in the state. In October, three new chapters were awarded funding through Sanford Health. The three chapters are: North Central Area Career and Technology Center in Rugby, Minot Public School, and Mandan Public School. These schools join a state membership of 303 students and advisors and 16 local North Dakota chapters.

Currently, North Dakota has 16 local HOSA chapters: Bismarck High School, Century High School, Grand Forks High School, Hettinger Public School, Killdeer Public School, Langdon High School, Legacy High School in Bismarck, Mandan High School, Minot Public School, Missouri River Area Career and Technology Center in Bismarck, North Central Area Career and Technology Center in Rugby, North Valley Career and Technology Center in Grafton, Red River High School in Fargo, Sheyenne High School in Fargo, Southeast Region Career and Technology Center in Oakes, and West Fargo High School. These schools are working with students and their future healthcare career. If you are a healthcare provider, contact your local HOSA! Get involved with the future healthcare providers!

Free Webinar on Building Your Nursing Career

This webinar, hosted by the North Dakota Center for Nursing, “State and Federal Resources to Build your Nursing Career Ladder: Resources and Programs for Collaboration between Health Care Facilities and Nursing Education Programs,” will take place on November 9 from noon - 1:30 pm. Find the connection information online. No registration necessary.

Clinical Rotations

North Dakota Area Health Education Center has funds available to healthcare provider students doing clinical rotations in rural areas. As long as the student is living in the area as part of the rotation, the student can receive funds to alleviate the cost of travel and housing. Since 2009, North Dakota AHEC has supported a total of 89 health profession students in completing their clinical rotations within the state. Clinical rotation professions have included nursing, dental, physician assistant, and all other health professions.

If you have a student that is participating in a rural clinical rotation, please have them contact Denise Andress at denise@ndahec.org or call (701) 637-0177.

Scrubs Academy

The Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Academy introduces young students to the wide range of healthcare careers and opportunities by providing hands-on learning from real healthcare professionals. The Academy takes place each summer. Connect on Facebook so you’re the first to know about dates and application deadlines.

Marketplace for Kids

Marketplace for Kids is a national program that provides outreach and technical assistance to school districts, consortium of schools, youth organizations, and associations interested in youth entrepreneurship. Their goal is to encourage students to become a lifelong partner in building stronger communities. They provide opportunities for students to showcase their “Bright Ideas” and resources for project development. Explore their website for resources, curricula, and ideas for hands-on learning.