Name of Program: NYS AHEC System Project Director: Leishia Smallwood, MPA Address: 77 Goodell Street, Buffalo, NY 14203 Contact: P| (716) 816-7225 F| (716) 845-6899 Email Address: email@example.com Website: www.nysahec.org Amount Requested: $6,660,000 Name of School: University at Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Science Department: Family Medicine State: NY Program Phase: POSME; 9 centers (all existing AHECs); non-profit educational organizations Funding Consideration: Existing AHEC Program Geographic Area: New York State suffers from a shortage of health care professionals and lack of diversity in the health workforce. More than 5 million people reside in the state’s primary care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), a figure that exceeds the primary care HPSA populations of 48 other states. The NYS AHEC System’s recruitment, training and retention strategies are solutions to state’s current health workforce shortages. Goals and Milestones: The proposed activities and objectives are centered on the following three (3) overarching goals: Diversity, Distribution, and Practice Transformation. Over the course of the project period, we intent to provide approximately: 6,000 students in grades K-12 and college with exposure programs increasing awareness and promotion of health care careers; 1,350 health professional students with rotations or other community-based experiential learning; and 4,125 current health professionals with continuing education addressing HRSA core topic areas. We will also continue our AHEC Scholars program for matriculated health professional students, support MUC employment connections and debt reduction incentive programs; strengthen partnerships and collaborations, and support evaluation activities to determine program impact and reach. Overview of Program Plan: The NYS AHEC System is comprised of nine AHEC centers (Bronx-Westchester AHEC, Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island AHEC, Catskill Hu
dson AHEC, Central NY AHEC, Erie Niagara AHEC, Hudson Mohawk AHEC, Manhattan-Staten Island AHEC, Northern AHEC and Western NY Rural AHEC), two regional offices (Central/Upstate Medical University and NY Metropolitan/Institute for Family Health) and the Statewide Office/University at Buffalo. Together, the NYS AHEC System implements community-based strategies that cultivate a more diverse health workforce, assuring that each community has enough practitioners in the right categories, particularly primary care, and overall improving access to quality health care for all New Yorkers. Our project objective and activities include: (i) Youth Pipeline/Career Exposure for grades 9-12 students, focusing on underrepresented minorities and underserved populations; (ii) Community-based Experiential Training to support student training in rural and medically underserved communities; (iii) Continuing Education for currently practicing health professionals focused on core topic areas; (iv) AHEC Scholars Program, a two-year, interdisciplinary program for health professional students; (v) connecting health professional graduates to vacancies in medically underserved areas & raising awareness of debt reduction incentive programs for MUC practice; (vi) developing and strengthening collaborations and partnerships to implement, advance and sustain the work of the AHEC Program; and (vii) supporting evaluation and continuous quality improvement efforts to inform programming decisions. Project Evaluation Plan: The NYS AHEC System will utilize a mixed-methods, outcome-driven approach to evaluate the implementation of program activities, with evaluation activities assessing progress in relationship to the program’s goals and objectives. In addition, evaluation strategies will be the driving force behind continued development and adaptation of program methods, as well as the continuous improvement of existing programs.