AHECWW works with partners across the state to make it easier for healthcare students to map their academic pathways. Students and advisors can find information on healthcare career paths, STEM certifications, and degree programs. Many outreach programs throughout the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) region strive to bring individuals who are under-represented in the health care fields toward college level training in the health sciences. In particular, AHECs work to identify resources and opportunities for under-represented and disadvantaged students with the goal of creating a more equitable healthcare workforce reflective of the communities served.
The NWHCP project's main objective is to help young people connect to programs and resources that collectively form a pathway to their chosen healthcare career. The project includes collaboration among a wide spectrum of career outreach programs and organizations that support students along this "career pathway." Health career pathways provide an opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds to explore health careers through experiential learning. The project planning team includes:
- Washington State Allied Health Center of Excellence
- UW School of Medicine Service Learning Program
- OSPI Health Science Program
- UW School of Medicine Center for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- Health Science Career and Technical Educators
The primary audience for the NWHCP website are middle school, high school, undergraduate, or post-graduate students and community members interested in becoming health professionals, the website highlights programs that serve young people from groups identified as underrepresented in the healthcare fields, including ethnic, racial, socioeconomically and geographically disadvantaged, or LGBTQ. The interactive site provides resources, links and a map to help find information on summer camps, shadowing opportunities, after school programs, workshops, internships, college access programs, and more!
- Learn about opportunities in the health sciences and STEM
- Experience hands-on activities
- Prepare academically
- Attend programs that help you build your resume
- Explore a wide variety of health based careers
This website is also a tool for staff and administration working in the career pathway system. Help us create a health workforce that is reflective of the people of our communities by adding your program to our map. This can be done by filling out the NWHCP survey. Put your program on the map and help us spread the word!
Annual summits engage stakeholders and provide a mutually beneficial event including opportunity for networking, professional development, student stories and perspective, and promising practices. This summit provides an opportunity for administrators and staff who work across the healthcare career pathway system to convene to address a common set of objectives:
- Create a venue to discuss how career pathway programs can address health disparities, workforce shortages, and navigation through health career paths
- Achieve greater success by working together in coordinated “career pathways,” linking regional programs and events with students and community members
- Collaborate on recruitment of students from under served, rural, and under-represented populations into health careers
- Improve awareness of and access to STEM and health career programs
- Connect students to programs and resources to help overcome barriers to health career pathways for under served, rural, and under-represented populations
- Gain a clearer view of other services/programs in their respective region and specialty area - allowing organizations to identify gaps and bridge them
- Provide professional development and share best practices among staff and volunteers in STEM and health career programs