Spring 2020
Lindsay Meyer discusses UNMC's College of Medicine at the Health and Research Symposium co-hosted by Omaha AHEC on September 18, 2019.

Welcome to our Omaha AHEC Newsletter

We are so excited to share our very first Omaha Area Health Education Center (AHEC) newsletter with you. Our quarterly newsletter will serve to keep you, our community members, informed about our AHEC's news, upcoming events and happenings.

If you haven’t checked in with us lately, we think you’ll be surprised and excited about all the things that Omaha AHEC is currently working on. If you were mistakenly added to our newsletter, you may unsubscribe at any time by scrolling to the bottom and clicking “unsubscribe.” 
The New Omaha AHEC

The Nebraska Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program works statewide through regional centers to connect students to health careers, health professionals to communities, and communities to better health. AHECs are part of a nationwide network created to aid health career training programs and communities in recruiting and training health care professionals to serve in rural and underserved areas, in order to meet the state’s health and health workforce needs.

Established in 2019 and housed in the University of Nebraska at Omaha Health Careers Resource Center, the Omaha AHEC--Nebraska’s only urban AHEC--works with folks at every stage of training in healthcare professions, from high school, college, and professional students to professionals currently working in healthcare.


AHEC Scholars

The Omaha AHEC has been in collaboration with the Nebraska AHEC Program Office and the four other AHEC centers in the state to implement Year 2 of the AHEC Scholars Program. The Nebraska Area Health Education Center (Nebraska AHEC) Scholars Program provides enhanced training and opportunity for health profession students interested in providing health care in rural and urban underserved areas of Nebraska. The Nebraska AHEC Program supports a diverse group of students from across the state, creating a multidisciplinary team of health professionals committed to the transformation of health care in Nebraska. See below for the chance to participate in an Omaha-area AHEC Scholars event.

Supporting Undergraduate Pre-Health Students

The Omaha AHEC works with undergraduate pre-medical students in the Urban Health Opportunities Program (UHOP) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha to strengthen and diversify the medical workforce in urban Nebraska. The Omaha AHEC has provided resources and information to the UHOP cohorts including volunteer opportunities, lectures, and activities centered around the core topic areas of the National AHEC Program: Interprofessional Education, Behavioral Health Integration, Social Determinants of Health, Cultural Competency, and Practice Transformation.

Exploring Health Careers

The Omaha AHEC is involved in several programs for high school and undergraduate students to explore health careers, including partnerships with various programs at UNMC including the Office of Recruitment and Student Engagement, the High School Alliance, and the Empowerment Network’s Step Up Program. One highlight of the fall was the Health & Research Careers Symposium, held in partnership with Omaha AHEC, UNO, and UNMC, to expose undergraduate students to a variety of career paths available at UNMC. The photo at the top of the newsletter captured one of the presentations from that unique event.
You're Invited!

Please join us for our upcoming event "AHEC Scholars Experience: Behavioral Health Integration".

Integrating care for mental, behavioral and psychosocial issues into primary care is incredibly important. Relying on referrals to unaffiliated behavioral health providers often leads to no-shows and communication and care coordination problems. Practices that implement collaborative care for mental health issues report much higher rates of remission and recovery. Incorporating behavioral health practices into primary care teams addresses many barriers for patients to receive great care.

Join Omaha-area AHEC Scholars and Behavioral Health Specialists Mindy Leamon and Brandy Fenimore of CHI Health for a workshop on Behavioral Health Integration. The experts will discuss the strategies used by a variety of health professionals in their facilities to integrate behavioral health into standard care for patients throughout their healthcare system. The workshop is accompanied by a webinar on rural behavioral health integration and an interactive exercise. This workshop is free and open to the public with registration.

Date: February 24, 2020
Time: 4pm to 7pm
Place: UNO Dodge Campus- Milo Bail Student Center Room 304

Spots are limited! Please RSVP by February 19th, 2020 by calling 402.554.5980 or email

Meet our AHEC Team
Dr. Paul Davis
Director, UNO Health Careers Resource Center (HCRC)
Director, UNO//UNMC Urban Health Opportunities Program (UHOP)
Clare Maakestad
AHEC Coordinator
Stefanie Neumann
AHEC and HCRC Communication Specialist
Contact Us:
6001 Dodge Street, Omaha NE 68182
Allwine Hall 308