AHECSW's New Flagship Programs; Utilizing the Forces That Drive Future Innovation to Create Chan
Chris Guastaferro, Executive Director
The last several months at AHECSW have been exciting.There has been a swell of new programs and an inflection of past programs. As we are very careful in studying the educational trends across the U.S. and the specific needs of our rural communities in health as it pertains to healthcare careers, we’ve found gaps that need to be filled and have capitalized on a few very cool opportunities that I think you’ll be excited about. Before I touch upon these programs however, I would like to highlight our funders who, without them, we couldn’t accomplish our goals. The Ford Family Foundation (TFFF) has been gracious in helping to capture our vision with a generous two-year grant of $61,300. With its mission of “successful citizen’s and vital rural communities”, TFFF will play a significant role in the development and sustainability of Bright Works Oregon Healthcare Team and our ReConnect College Intern programs. In addition, The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has granted AHECSW $5,000 and The Oregon Medical Education Foundation (OMEF) has recently given us the timely gift of $20,000 specifically for our ReConnect Pre-Health Scribe program. The goals and objectives of OMEF are to serve as the fiscal intermediary for worthy medical and health-related programs as well as to stimulate and assist new and current medical education programs. And lastly, we want to thank the Douglas County Education Services District (DCESD) and the Douglas County Partners for Student Success (DCPSS) for granting us a two-year $37,800 contract to support our robust Career and Technical Education (CTE) health summer programs, as well as an additional $30,000 for technical support in the pioneering of the new Oregon Connections program.
Our team is trying to imagine the best possible ways to ‘Grow Our Own’ healthcare workforce in southwest Oregon while keeping up with an ever changing health landscape, a generation of highly creative and innovative thinkers, new technology growing at light speed, and current and future needs of our rural communities. When looking at these agents of change, it can seem somewhat daunting and is best described as a moving target. There are many highly qualified social impact organizations that are in the process of creating models to not just keep up with status quo, but are getting ahead of the curve by looking at the change agents mentioned above as tools and opportunities rather than threats to avoid.Our new flagship programs are doing just that; utilizing the forces that drive future innovation to create change and impact in rural America, specifically in healthcare.
Bright Works Oregon: The objective of this program is to work with key partners to build a bridge between the healthcare industry and education to better support local students and prepare them for the next steps in their career journey.This is a 1-4-year program depending on when a student enters. http://www.healthyoregon.com/programs/bwo
ReConnect Summer Interns Program: The objective of this program is to offer current or just graduated University students in pre-health programs more healthcare-like experiences within a rural setting to strengthen their applications when applying to formal medical education programs. The interns are working directly with the CTE Summer Program students. This is a 7-9-week program. http://www.healthyoregon.com/programs/college-students
CTE Summer MedChamps Program: The objective of these three robust programs is to engage underserved youth in CTE and Science, Technology, Education, Art and Math (STEAM) related programs pertaining to healthcare. These camps will link to out of school programs, increase coordination of pre-employment skill training and post-high school training, as well as increase unique experiences for these students.This is a 3-week summer program that will happen over the next two years. http://www.dcpss.org/soar-with-summer-ctesteam/
ReConnect Scribe Program: Similar to the ReConnect Interns Program, the ReConnect Scribes also offer healthcare-like experiences within a rural setting to strengthen their applications when applying to formal medical education programs. However, this is geared specifically toward new pre-med graduates who are taking a “gap year” to commit to working as scribes at a rural location. This year, we have four students who are working at Umpqua Community Health Center (UCHC) in Roseburg. These students will also be working with a select group from Bright Works Oregon Program and take them through university-level case studies throughout next school year.This is a 12-month program.
Over the next few weeks, you will be kept up-to-date with a plethora of new programs through our blogs, written by the very folks that are the ‘boots on the ground’.
On behalf of AHECSW’s Board of Directors, I want to thank the many participants and organizations that continually give selfless, countless hours and resources to the very programs that create the greatest impact in our community.You truly get the importance of what it means to ‘Grow your Own’.
P.S. With our growing capacity, the need to increase our staff has reached a tipping point.I’m very pleased to introduce to you our new staff and program members who will help catapult our organization to exceed our goals.
Position: High School Coordinator
Hometown: Roseburg Oregon Background: I have worked as a Firefighter/medic with local departments over a 15-year period. I spent time as a 911 dispatcher. Then I worked for the local mental health agency with kids and adults. Through all this I have also been a teacher here at UCC teaching EMT/CPR/First aid. What you look forward to in this position: I look forward to growing programs for the youth in our county Favorite movie: Pretty Women Favorite music artist: Varies on my mood What you love to do in your free time: Family time, gardening flowers and veggies, hiking to waterfalls, camping, reading
Position: Education Coordinator Hometown: Monroe, Oregon Background: Ten years of classroom teaching at the middle school level, part-time wedding and event coordination, and multiple years of planning and directing Outdoor School camps for 6th graders. What you look forward to in this position: As the Education Coordinator, I look forward to expanding the programs offered through AHECSW. I hope to play a part in bringing a Health Occupations Pathway of Study to high schools in Douglas County, as well as expand our student programming beyond Douglas County to other sections of our Southwest Oregon AHECSW region. Favorite movies: Anchorman, A League of Their Own, Despicable Me Favorite music artists: Hillsong Worship, All Sons & Daughters, Dave Matthews Band, Adele What you love to do in your free time: Be with family, go to concerts, be near water, play volleyball
Position: CTE Summer Camp Coordinator – ReConnect College Intern Program
Hometown: Tigard, OR School attending: Willamette University Major: Biochemistry Profession(s) interested in exploring: Cardiology, Neurosurgeon, Cancer Research What you look forward to in this position: I look forward to working with the students and helping them learn about rural healthcare. Specifically helping those who would not normally be introduced to healthcare and healthcare opportunities. Also, most importantly help AHECSW continue to expand its message throughout the community. Favorite movie: Lord of The Rings Favorite music artists: AC DC, Lumineers, Aerosmith, & Adele What you love to do in your free time: I enjoy reading, playing basketball, and football. I also like the outdoors and spend my time fishing, hiking and just general exploring
Position: CTE Summer Camp Coordinator – ReConnect College Intern Program Hometown: Cottage Grove School attended/will be: University of Portland, Oregon Health and Science University Major: Biology Future profession: Medical Doctor What you hope to accomplish: Improve access to and efficiency of healthcare delivery for underserved populations Favorite Movie: Goodwill Hunting Favorite music artist: Chance the Rapper What you love to do in your free time: go for a run, play any sport, read a book, cook something weird
Position: CTE Summer Camp Coordinator – ReConnect College Intern Program Hometown: Roseburg, OR School: Roseburg High School, Oregon State University Major: Biology Professions interested in exploring: Primary care physician, pediatrician What you look forward to in this position: First of all, I am really excited to get to give back to the community I grew up in. It is so exciting to see healthcare education becoming more prominent in my hometown and I am so glad I get to be a part of it. I also look forward to learning more about rural healthcare and figuring out if I want to pursue that in the future. Favorite movie: Inside Out Favorite music artists: Walk the Moon, Relient K What you love to do in your free time: I love spending time with friends, baking, playing the saxophone in marching band, hiking, and spending time outdoors
Position: AmeriCorps – Pre-Health and CTE Summer Camp Coordinator – ReConnect College Intern Program Hometown: Edmonds, Washington School: Whitman College Major: Biochemistry Professions interested in exploring: Taking a couple years off before I go off to either med school or grad school in evolutionary Biology What you look forward to in this position: I hope to impact some lives and help get people exposed not only to the common health professions but also to rural medicine and its unique qualities. I also want to gauge my interest in teaching as well. Favorite movie(s): Lord of the Rings and The Godfather Favorite Musical Artist(s): Tame Impala and The Beatles Favorite Artist: John Baldessari What you love to do in your free time: kayaking, skiing and playing with dogs
Position: Scribe at UCHC – ReConnect College Scribe Program Hometown: Springfield, Oregon School attended: Willamette University Major: Biochemistry and Anthropology Professional interest: Medicine (possibly pediatrics) What you look forward to in this position: I think it is really fulfilling to help other young people to establish their goals and to get excited about medicine and especially rural medicine. Already with my short time scribing at UCHC, I have seen that there is a shortage of long-term primary care providers in Roseburg. Hopefully through this position I can help alleviate this problem by getting aspiring healthcare workers excited about rural medicine. Favorite movie(s): The Harry Potter movies Favorite music artist: The Killers What you love to do in your free time: Snowboarding, hiking, camping, spending time with family and friends
Position: Scribe at UCHC – ReConnect College Scribe Program Hometown: Roseburg, OR School: Oregon State University Major: Kinesiology Professional Interests: Physician Assistant What you look forward to in this position: I think the AHECSW Scribe position will be one of the best learning experiences I could hope for from a medical knowledge, patient care techniques, and clinic workings standpoint. The opportunity to work alongside physicians in my hometown, the town I hope to practice in, is something I am looking forward to immensely. Favorite movie: Gladiator, Jet Li's Fearless, and Interstellar Favorite music artists: Bob Marley and the Red Hot Chili Peppers What you love to do in your free time: I like to spend time with my family and friends, play sports, and read interesting, educational books on topics that interest me. I've recently undertaken learning to play Disc Golf.......I still am not very good.
Position: Scribe at UCHC – ReConnect College Scribe Program Hometown: Roseburg School attended: University of Oregon and Oregon State University Major: Biology and Anatomy and Physiology Professional interest: Medical Doctorate or Doctor of Osteopathy What you look forward to in this position: I hope to learn the inner workings and systems of the UCHC clinic and expand my medical knowledge and skills. Favorite movie: Anything by the Coen brothers Favorite musical artist: Ween, Sublime, yes, and all kinds of classic rock and hip-hop What you love to do in your free time: I love to be outdoors doing any physical activities, including basketball, disc golf, hiking, and swimming
Position: Scribe at UCHC – ReConnect College Scribe Program Hometown: I grew up as a Navy brat so home has been a lot of places. In the last 10 years: Portland, OR, Salem, OR and Roseburg, OR School Attended: Willamette University School Major(s): Latin American Studies and Spanish, Minor: Chemistry Professional interest: Doctor (MD or DO) and Public Health Researcher. Specific areas: Women's health, Latino/a health, pediatrics, cardiometabolic diseases, genetics, and epidemiology. What you look forward to in this position: Being able to work one-on-one with doctors and patients, as well as learning about the needs of the community and helping to meet these needs What you hope to accomplish: Increase my knowledge and appreciation for medicine, as well as learn more about myself and where my skill set/ interests fits into the medical field. Favorite movie(s): The Princess Bride, Star Wars, Hombres Armados, Frozen Favorite music artist(s): James Bay, Ryn Weaver, Odesza, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift What I love to do in my free time: Workout, read, play with my dogs, paint, go wine tasting, hike, try new things, travel, and spend time with friends and family