Our Programs

High School

Public Health and Health Professions Summer Camp

Erie Niagara AHEC and the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions host an annual summer camp to expose high school students to public health topics and careers. Learn more…

University at Buffalo Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Project

The Western New York Genetics in Research and Health Care Partnership, funded by a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will develop an ongoing partnership with disadvantaged schools across a 14-county region that will serve as a pipeline for teacher and student recruitment, training and mentorship in bioscience, with a particular focus on genetics. Learn more…

Emerging Health Scholars

The Emerging Health Scholars (EHS) program is Erie Niagara AHEC’s first year-long program for high school students in Buffalo Public and Charter schools. The goal of EHS is to increase student interest and intent to enter health professions studies and careers. Students participate in activities with local STEM and healthcare organizations to learn about the variety of career options available in the Western New York Area. Activities to date have included visiting Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute, and Sisters of Charity Hospital. Students have also heard from professionals and students in physical therapy, microbiology, and dietetics. Free tutoring and SAT Prep courses are also provided for EHS students. Learn More

Gross Anatomy Lab Field Trips

Erie Niagara AHEC partners with Daemen College to coordinate field trips for local high schools to visit the Gross Anatomy Lab on campus. Visits include a tour, admissions presentation, and a visit to the lab.  Students work with two graduate assistants and observe human cadavers in various phases of dissection. Students have the opportunity to have handle the organs that have been removed and preserved, and will be touching the cadavers. 

Participants are required to sign agreements that they will be respectful of the ultimate gift that these people donated for study, and that cellphones will not be allowed in the lab. Contact us for more information!

DNA Learning Center Field Trip

Erie Niagara AHEC plans an overnight field trip to the DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. The trip is open to students participating in any Erie Niagara AHEC program, with preference given to students in the SEPA and EHS programs.

During the trip, students visit Stony Brook University and SUNY Farmingdale to learn about the STEM and healthcare programs at those schools. They also visit the DNA Learning Center and participate in lab exercises with the researchers there. APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE HAS CLOSED. Please check back for the 2020 Trip!

College and Graduate School

AHEC Scholars

AHEC Scholars is a two-year, statewide, “hotspotting” program that offers current health students the opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary team to help improve the quality of life for individuals in medically underserved areas. Learn more:

SEARCH Program

Rotations and experiences help students gain essential clinical experiences to meet state board requirements, including a variety of clinical skills, patient care experiences, and decision-making skills. Learn more…

Health Care Job Shadows

Job shadowing is an excellent way for students to explore their future career and to see how the skills they are learning relate to work. As an organization, Erie Niagara AHEC works to connect students to underserved areas. Learn more…

Cultural Humility Education

To increase health profession students understanding of diverse populations and their needs, Erie Niagara AHEC has partnered with the University at Buffalo School of Social Work’s Institute for Sustainable Global Engagement to develop a comprehensive cultural humility curriculum to be used as part of a health profession curriculum. Learn more…

Trocaire College - Pathways to Nursing Success

Trocaire College has been awarded the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant. The grant will fund an estimated $1.8 million over four years for the college and its community partners to recruit, support, retain and graduate diverse nursing professionals to power the local healthcare workforce. Learn more…

Continuing  Education and Professional Development

Health Profession Loan Forgiveness Presentations
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) provides financial support and professional development to primary care, dental, and mental/behavioral health providers and sites in underserved communities. Learn more…
Millennium Collaborative Care, PPS Cultural Competency, and Health Literacy Training
Cultural Competency and Health Literacy trainings provide opportunities for individuals to explore the intersectionality of identities, and how it relates to organizational development and practices. Learn more…

Community Education

Faith-Based Health Literacy

The Faith-Based Health Literacy initiative aims to engage churches, congregations, community organizations and their patrons to improve Health Literacy levels. This will increase community-wide health literacy by raising awareness, informing, and empowering individuals to be self-advocates and understand the major role they play in achieving positive health outcomes. Erie Niagara AHEC hopes to bridge the gap between the community and the healthcare industry, therefore decreasing health disparities through improved communication. 

Opioid Expansion Project

Erie Niagara AHEC is one of four AHEC centers in the NYS AHEC System working to combat the opioid epidemic across the state. The Opioid Expansion Project (OEP) aims to expand training and education related to opioid use, diagnosis, treatment and prevention for current health professionals, future practitioners, and the community. Through this program, Erie Niagara AHEC offers training for providers, community prevention, and student education. Please contact us for more information or partnership opportunities. Learn More

Youth Health Literacy

Youth Health Literacy presentations introduce and educate teenagers on the importance of increasing their ability to obtain, process and understand health information in order to become self-advocates in their treatment. We discuss how to determine valid health news, how to talk with caregivers about personal issues, as well as making healthy lifestyle choices. Topics includes: Healthy Relationships, Substance Use, and Mental, Physical, and Sexual Health.