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Pipeline Programs

One of Erie Niagara AHEC's goals is to expand and diversify the pipeline of students entering the healthcare professions. These programs are intended to generate interest and increase knowledge of healthcare professions and amplify student intent to pursue these essential careers.


High school pipeline programs range from afterschool programs to research opportunities to summer camps, and are open to students in Erie and Niagara Counties. We also offer custom programming based on student or school needs.

The College and Graduate level pipeline programs consist of hotspotting teams, community-based rotations for health profession students, and internships. 

"I believe that this program is sculpting me to be the type of health professional I want to become. It has given me real-world experience in engaging patients and how to go about providing effective interventions."

Kofi, AHEC Scholar

AHEC Scholars

AHEC Scholars is a two-year, interdisciplinary hotspotting program in which a diverse group of health profession students work with patients to address social determinants of health. Open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing medicine, nursing, public health, social work, and more!

Now recruiting for Cohort 6

The applications due by September 30th, 2023. Applicants must be graduating 2025 or later. Please review "more info" for additional information on eligibility. 

Note: You will need a personal statement/essay and a letter of reference prepared at the time of applying.

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Erie Niagara AHEC works with the Metagenomics Education Partnership and the University at Buffalo to provide health career exposure activities to high school students participating in the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program.


Through this program, high school science teachers are trained and work with their students to sequence the genetic composition of microbial communities found in our local waterways. This project promotes the role of genomics education in workforce development!


Low Cost, High Quality Grad Prep

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Erie Niagara AHEC is proud to partner with The Princeton Review for grad test prep to provide better results, in less time, at a lower cost. The Princeton Review covers everything prospective graduate students need for the best possible MCAT, NCLEX-RN, GRE, and DAT preparations.

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The Providers and Teens Communicating for Health (PATCH) program strives to bring youth voices into important adolescent health conversations while providing the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to be drivers of change in their community. THEY are the ones who can provide authentic insight into the concerns, ideas, and preferences of their generation. Our Teen Educators facilitate workshops for fellow teens and healthcare providers in pursuit of this goal. 

Erie Niagara AHEC is the Site Coordinator of PATCH for HOPE Buffalo. For questions or to schedule a workshop, contact

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Youth Leadership Team

In partnership with HOPE Buffalo, the Youth Leadership Team (YLT) is our direct linkage to youth in the community to encourage engagement, education, and build youth support. The team consists of youth educators who establish relationships with other youth influencers to strengthen awareness and connection. They provide valuable feedback to improve the quality and reach of services and resources available to young people in our community. YLT members are change agents who engage, influence, and lead other youth. 

If you are developing a program for teens in our community and would like feedback from the YLT, contact

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Health Career Summer Camp

Erie Niagara AHEC is partnering with D'Youville University and HOPE Buffalo to provide an interactive and engaging summer program for high school students. Participants learn about health careers, gain college readiness skills, and learn more about public health issues impacting their communities.

We Need Your Support Today!

Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center 

For more information, please contact us!


Phone: 716.835.9358

Address: 77 Goodell St, Suite 460, Buffalo, NY 14203

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