Catskill Hudson AHEC works with hospitals, healthcare organizations, schools, at-risk youth organizations, and BOCES within our 11-county region to develop and support programs that expose youth to future health career possibilities and develop an understanding of the current studies necessary to achieve the academic requirements needed to pursue their chosen health profession.
To date, thousands of medical, pre-medical, nursing and health professions students were placed with hundreds of teachers at community-based training sites. Tens of thousands of young people, ages 10-17, have received exposure to healthcare careers and health professionals through the fun and interactive activities of our health career youth programs.
If you are a student interested in learning more about a career in healthcare, or a teacher or preceptor looking to get involved in programs that expose our young people to healthcare professions, please contact us for more information.
Health Career Youth Programs K-12
Pre-school and elementary school children learn common health screenings through puppet play.
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Health Career Kids
Games designed to introduce K-6 students to a variety of health careers.
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Health Career exploration for high school students.
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Healthcare Professional Continuing Education
New York State has serious health workforce shortages. Hospitals, long-term care and home healthcare agency leaders in communities across New York State have identified critical shortages in dental, medicine, mental health, nursing, medical technology, as well as ongoing needs for medicine and pharmacy.
Some of Catskill Hudson AHEC’s current initiatives include:
Nursing Summit – Catskill Hudson AHEC
The Nursing Summit has provided an educational forum for the nursing profession since 2005, presenting timely issues to strengthen the nursing workforce.
Emergency Responder Leadership Academy – Catskill Hudson AHEC
The Emergency Responder Leadership Academy, developed and presented by Catskill Hudson AHEC since 2005, provides an educational forum for the leadership of our region’s emergency services. This program targets professional development in Emergency Service management, administration, supervision, public relations, budgeting and other areas that are critical to every emergency service’s long-term success.
Health Professions Seminars – Catskill Hudson AHEC
In 2016, Catskill Hudson AHEC introduced Health Professions Seminars; a continuing education series for Health Providers. These annual educational forums incorporated highly relevant topics surrounding the health professions with instruction by experts in the field.
Emergency Responders Development
In 2004, Catskill Hudson AHEC presented its first EMS Leadership Academy, which was a two-part, professional development workshop for EMS captains, officers, and others in or about to be placed in a position of leadership in their agency. In 2011, under the guidance of the Development Committee, the program name was changed to the Emergency Responder Leadership Academy to better reflect the evolution of the program’s expanding focus and growing audience.
Throughout the years, this program has continued to develop unique learning experiences that are presented by experienced leaders in emergency response. Topics continue to focus on professional development in areas that are critical to every emergency services long-term success, such as, administration, supervision, recruitment and retention, public relations, budgeting, service excellence, strategic planning, communication, and safety, to name a few. In recent years, the Emergency Responder Leadership Academy has presented an EMS Supervisor’s 2-day Boot Camp, EMS Management Beyond Patient Care, Navigating the Business of EMS – A Strategic Vision, Effectively Managing the Complex, Challenging & Obscure Business of EMS, and Strengthening EMS and Preparing for the Difficult Future Ahead.
Catskill Hudson AHEC also partners with other organizations, to develop and market their Emergency Response continuing education programs.
Continuing Education Programs
Nursing Summit 2019
The Nursing Summit has provided an educational forum for the nursing profession since 2005, presenting timely issues to strengthen the nurse workforce.
Developed by Catskill Hudson AHEC
This program targets professional development in Emergency Service management, administration, supervision, public relations, budgeting and other areas that are critical to every emergency service’s long-term success.
For Health Providers
These annual educational forums will incorporate highly relevant topics surrounding the health professions with instruction by experts in the field.
Health Profession Rural Summer Immersion Program - CHAHEC is one of 11 multidisciplinary providers of this program.