PV AHEC Programs
REACH: Recruitment and Educational Assistance for Careers in Health
REACH, our youth-to-health-careers initiative, introduces middle and high school students to careers in health care. REACH was created to address critical shortages of health professionals from culturally and linguistically diverse populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds.
Through the REACH program, high school students have the opportunity to participate in an after-school program and/ or academic enrichment summer program. Activities include:
REACH participants learn about current public health issues that affect their communities.
To learn more or get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-787-6757.
COWNT Coalition: Community Outreach Workers Network and Training
Community Outreach Workers are public health professionals or volunteers who apply their unique understanding of the experience, language and/or culture of the populations they serve. They play a critical role in promoting well-being in our neighborhoods and families by bridging the gap between communities and traditional health care and human service systems. Community outreach workers provide culturally appropriate health education, information, referrals, screenings, and/or direct services in community-based settings, such as homes, schools, clinics, shelters, local businesses, and community centers. *
The COWNT Coalition was organized in partnership with the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) to support, enhance, and promote the educational, professional, and personal development of community outreach workers. COWNT provides community outreach workers with training, advocacy and networking opportunities, while promoting awareness of the critical role outreach plays in public health.
*Adapted from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW).
The Greater Springfield Health Access Coalition Community Forum & Legislative Breakfast
The Greater Springfield Health Access Coalition Community Forums and Legislative Quarterly Breakfasts promote non-partisan awareness, dialogue, and participation in state-level public health issues and policy among community outreach workers, health and human services professionals, and interested community members.
Pre-Medical Interpreter Training Program