Maine Care for the Underserved Pathways AHEC Scholars Program
Karen O'Rourke, MPH
The Maine Care for the Underserved Pathways (CUP) AHEC Scholars Program is a multidisciplinary certificate and honors distinction program for health professions students that offers opportunities for hands-on training, experience in rural and underserved communities, and networking with other students and professionals.
Learning objectives and goals include:
- Gain competencies in Interprofessional Education, including team-based, patient-centered models of care
- Understand the impact of individual and population factors on health and healthcare, including: economic stability, education, social and community context, health and healthcare, and neighborhood and built environments
- Understand the role of health providers in addressing health disparities and the social determinants of health, particularly for rural and underserved communities
- Recognize the role of evidence-based practice and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) methods in practice transformation to address significant health and public health issues, particularly in primary care settings
- Appreciate the role of cultural competence in the design and delivery of healthcare and increase cultural competency skills
- Gain knowledge of emerging health issues likely to be encountered in future practice and strategies to address them
In order to receive the CUP AHEC Scholars Honors Distinction, students must complete 40 hours of community-based experiential training and 40 hours of didactic education over a 2 year program.
Students should have an interest in healthcare for rural and underserved communities, and be currently enrolled in a health professions program, including but not limited to:
- Osteopathic medicine
- Dental hygiene
- Physical therapy
- Social work
This program is provided at no cost to participating scholars. Participants will receive a CUP AHEC Scholars Honor Cord to wear at graduation. Other benefits are described on the program website.
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