About our pipeline programs
The Maine AHEC Network aims to alleviate significant healthcare workforce shortages in our communities through the delivery of health career exploration programs that support Maine youth on their path to a health profession.
Engaging students through pipeline activities — particularly students from rural communities — is critical since growing up in a rural area is a strong predictor of future rural practice. To increase the diversity of the healthcare workforce, youth programs also focus on supporting youth from populations that are under-represented in the health field.
Health Careers Explorations Camp
Every year, UNE hosts a free health career exploration camp for high school students from rural or underserved communities to participate in hands-on activities to learn about careers in health care. In addition, they learn about the college admissions process. The next summer camp will take place June 24–26.
During the camp, students learn about careers in dental hygiene, dental medicine, osteopathic medicine, neuroscience, neurodevelopmental and related disabilities treatment, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and public health.
The camp is overnight, designed to replicate some of the college experience. Students will stay in dorms on UNE's Biddeford Campus and eat at the dining hall. Students who live locally have the option of attending the day camp activities only. Camp coordinators and chaperones will stay with the students while the camp is in session. Transportation between the Portland and Biddeford campuses will be provided during the camp.
There is no cost for accepted students to attend this camp, which is funded by the University of New England, Maine AHEC Network, the Finance Authority of Maine, Maine Health Access Foundation, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Applications are accepted from students throughout the U.S. who will be entering grades 10–12 in the fall of 2023.
Maine students from rural and underrepresented communities, and those who have more limited access to such opportunities, will be given priority consideration.
To apply to attend, fill out the application form online by May 5.
2023 HEALTH CAREERS EXPLORATION CAMP APPLICATION
Strengthening our Healthcare Workforce: Empowering New Mainer Youth to Explore and Pursue Health Careers
Strengthening our Healthcare Workforce: Empowering New Mainer Youth to Explore and Pursue Health Careers delivers health career exploration learning activities, career planning support, and leadership skill-building to facilitate entry into the health professions for New Mainer youth from immigrant families in Cumberland and Androscoggin counties, with an aim to increase equity and diversity in the health care workforce, and ultimately, improve health outcomes.
There are five primary components of the project
- Learning opportunities for students to gain exposure to health careers and to receive mentorship
- Support for student internship opportunities in the health field
- College preparation and career planning sessions for youth and their families
- Leadership and civic engagement learning opportunities
- Ongoing support for youth and their families
Graduate students from the AHEC Scholars program participate in the delivery of learning activities for this project.
The project is made possible due to Maine AHEC Network and its community partners at Maine Access Immigrant Network and the New Mainers Public Health Initiative being awarded a two-year Community Responsive Grant from Maine Health Access Foundation. This grant allows Maine AHEC Network and its partners to build on a project that was funded over the past five years by the federal Office of Minority Health.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions
Due to COVID-19, special safety precautions will be used in running this summer camp. The camp will follow the Maine CDC's and UNE's policies to ensure the safety of participating professional staff and students. Full details on safety precautions will be shared with students who are accepted into the camp.
For information or questions about any of our Pipeline Programs, email the Maine AHEC Network senior program manager, Zoe Hull, at firstname.lastname@example.org.