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

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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 info@erieniagaraahec.org.

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Youth Leadership Team

In partnership with HOPE Buffalo, the YLT is our direct linkage to youth in the community to encourage engagement, education, and building youth support. They serve as a group of youth educators who do more than provide advice for the Hope Buffalo initiative they are an intricate part of our team. The team establishes relationships with other youth influencers to strengthen youth awareness and connection. They provide valuable youth feedback to improve the quality and reach of services and resources available to the youth.

YLT members are teens from Buffalo who live or attend schools in the 14206, 14211, and 14215 zip codes. The YLT members are change agents who engage, influence, and lead other youth. 

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Now Accepting Applications!

Emerging Health Scholars

The goal of the Emerging Health Scholars Program (EHS) is to increase student interest and intent to enter into health professions studies and careers. Through EHS, students participate in interactive lab activities, connect with local universities, and learn essential skills to prepare for a future in healthcare.

Our next EHS series is in collaboration with D'Youville College and will take place via Zoom on Mondays from 4:00 - 6:00pm starting May 10 and ending June 21, 2021.  Email bmitchell@erieniagaraahec.org with questions!

AHEC Scholars

Now Accepting Applications!

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! We are currently recruiting for Fall 2021. 

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Public Health Camps

Erie Niagara AHEC works with local colleges and universities to create interactive and engaging summer programs for high school students. Participants learn about important health topics impacting their communities and how to address them!

This program is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Student & Resident Experiences in Community Health (SEARCH) students gain essential clinical patient care experiences and learn clinical and decision-making skills in underserved and community-based settings in Erie and Niagara counties. Open to a variety of clinical and pre-clinical undergraduate and graduate students.

This program is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center 

For more information, please contact us!

Email: info@erieniagaraahec.org

Phone: 716.835.9358

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

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