Core Topic Areas

AHEC Scholars participate in 40 hours of didactic training each year to ensure they are prepared to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care in a team-based setting.

Interprofessional Education (also known as interdisciplinary training) which supports a coordinated, patient-centered model of healthcare that involves an understanding of the contributions of multiple healthcare professionals.

Behavioral Health Integration which promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substances use conditions.

Social Determinants of Health and their impact on health. These determinants focus on five key areas: economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care, and neighborhood and built environments.

Cultural Competency which seeks to improve individual health and build healthy communities by training healthcare providers to recognize and address the unique culture, language, and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities.

Practice Transformation which targets the specific skills and competencies needed to prepare students and practicing health professionals to deliver high quality, patient-centered care in a rapidly transforming healthcare system.

Current and Emerging Health Issues such as Zika virus, opioid overdose and substance use disorders, adverse childhood events, and transgender care.