Northwest Area Health Education Center (NWAHEC) is gearing up for another fun and informative virtual Camp Med this summer. Last year’s virtual camp hosted more than 235 participants from North Carolina and beyond. This year the self-paced camp will be available again to students in grades 8 to 12, from June 1 through July 31.
Northwest AHEC attended STEAM Night at Winston-Salem Dash on April 25th, and we were delighted to see the first pitch thrown by Alan Morales a Camp Med participant. It was a full circle moment as we were there promoting the Camp Med Program for this summer!
Northwest AHEC's own Melanee Mills, Program Coordinator for Health Careers and Workforce Diversity, was able to go and experience the Minority Health Conference on February 24th along with a few other AHEC colleagues. Thanks to UNC Chapel Hill – Gillings School of Global Public Health for putting on this important event!
Northwest AHEC receives The Partner of Excellence Award at ceremony from the Occupational Therapy Department at Winston-Salem State University that was held on December 2, 2022.
Northwest AHEC Partners with NC Alliance for Health Professions Diversity (NCAHPD) to Hire Project Manager
Northwest Area Health Education Center (NW AHEC) has recently partnered with the North Carolina Alliance for Health Professions Diversity (NCAHPD) for funding and hiring of a Statewide Project Manager to foster the program and its mission for North Carolina. Immanuel Bryant has been hired to fill the role of Project Manager for NC Alliance for Health Professions Diversity and will work as a logistical leader providing part-time project management (20 hours/week).
Winston-Salem State University's School of Health Sciences (SOHS) and Northwest Area Health Education Center (NWAHEC) partnered to honor groups and individuals who have made a profoundly positive impact on the health and wellness of the residents of East Winston-Salem. during the 6th Annual Healthcare Legends of East Winston event on Wednesday, September 28th.
High School students across the 17-County NWAHEC Region really showed up this summer with both Camp Med in person camps and virtual Camp Med having great turn outs!
We invite you to take a look at the call for nominations for the NC Medical Society’s Future Clinician Leaders College, an interprofessional opportunity for all disciplines.
Some of the potential next generation of doctors and health professionals recently got a chance to experience their industry hands-on. Eighteen local high school students interested in becoming registered nurses, physicians, occupational therapists, or any number of occupations in the medical profession participated in Camp Med 2022 Summer Program provided by Northern Regional and the Northwest Area Health Education Center, an initiative of the Wake Forest School of Medicine. The camp took place on July 18-22.
High school students interested in becoming registered nurses, physicians, occupational therapists or any number of occupations in the medical profession participated in Camp Med 2022 Summer Program provided by Caldwell UNC Health Care and the Northwest Area Health Education Center, an initiative of the Wake Forest School of Medicine.
“Camp Med is a great opportunity to expose students to the world of possibilities in health careers,” said Superintendent Dr. Don Phipps. “We want our students to apply these experiences to their education whenever they make decisions about course selection, club participation or community involvement so they will be better prepared for reaching their career goals after high school graduation.”
The program provided a range of unique educational experiences in the healthcare workforce, from meeting practitioners to observing state-of-the-art technology to touring healthcare facilities and learning about the services provided to patients. Participants also explored different medical career pathways, including pharmacy, surgical services, diabetic health, anesthesiology, diagnostic imaging and behavioral health.
Highlights of the program involved clinical rounds and observing medical procedures. "I really liked getting to experience what surgeons and anesthesiologists do,” said Emilee Bradley, a sophomore at Hibriten High School “I loved seeing gall bladder surgery performed. It was exciting! I especially liked scrubbing in and wearing scrubs in the operating room like an actual medical professional."
As a culminating event, a graduation ceremony was held and students received certificates of completion. Each student spoke on how the program affected or influenced his or her future career decisions.
Only rising freshmen, sophomores or juniors meeting specific academic performance in addition to having career goals in health sciences were selected to participate in the weeklong summer camp, which has been offered to Caldwell County Schools students for more than a decade.
Christina Good, Human Resource executive for Caldwell UNC Healthcare, led Camp Med ’22 in Caldwell County and overall, 18 camps were held this summer in North Carolina.