University of Southern Indiana

  • Summer Fit
    subheading titleSummer Fit Camp

    The 2017 Summer Fit Camp is in collaboration with Memorial Learning Center introduced elementary age children to kid-friendly activities about various health careers.

  • Go Viral (1)
    subheading titleGo Viral

    SWI-AHEC partners with the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center for the Go Viral camp, where students learn to be "disease detectives." Learn more ...

  • Health Careers Exploration
    subheading titleHealth Careers Exploration

    Learn about summer programs that connect students to careers.

  • Community Care Connection
    subheading titleCommunity Care Connection

    44News is partnering with SWI-AHEC and CAPE Minority Health Initiative to discuss current healthcare topics. Watch the Community Care Connection TV segments.

  • CNA Program
    subheading titleCNA Program

    SWI-AHEC partnered with the Southwestern Indiana Health Services Academy to develop a Certified Nursing Assistant Program. Learn more about the CNA Program.

Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center

News and Announcements:

Youth Mental Health First Aid - May 5, 2018

A one-day training in mental health first aid for youth will be held Saturday, May 5, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 633 Dr. W.R. Brown Sr. Way in Evansville. Youth Mental Health First Aid is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention and teaches individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Cost: There is no participant cost for this training because it is funded through the Project AWARE grant. Learn more about SWI-AHEC's partnership with Project AWARE. Trainers will be Kerseclia Patterson of Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center and RaShawnda Bonds of CAPE Minority Health Initiative.

The course is designed for adults whom regularly interact with adolescents, but may also be appropriate for older adolescents (16 and older) so as to encourage youth peer to peer interaction. Anyone who regularly works or interacts with youth – teachers, athletic coaches, mentors, juvenile justice professionals – may find the course content useful. The core Mental Health First Aid course has been successfully offered to a variety of audiences including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement and the general public.

Note: Youth Mental Health First Aid is not specifically designed for parents of youth with mental health challenges. Although parents and families may find the course content useful, the course provides a basic level of information and guidance, rather than more in-depth information on navigating the healthcare system, which parents may wish to explore. 

For additional information, download the application form or call Janie Chappell with Deaconess Cross Pointe: 800-947-6789 or 812-471-4521 or email

Mammograms and Massages

Join C.A.P.E. Minority Health Initiative, Deaconess Mobile Breast Center and Ivy Tech Therapeutic Massage Program for the 2nd Annual Mammograms & Massages on Monday, April 23, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at C.A.P.E., 401 SE 6th Street, Evansville.

Mammograms are covered by most health plans. Please verify that Deaconess Health System is an in-network provider with your insurance carrier.

You may be eligible for financial assistance if you do not have insurance. Please bring your ID and insurance card to your appointment.

Schedule your mammogram at Or you can make an appointment by calling 812-450-6266 or emailing RaShawnda Bonds at

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AHEC Scholars

The AHEC Scholars program is designed to give health professions students a deeper understanding of rural and urban healthcare, caring for underserved populations, and the importance of practice transformation in a clinical care setting. Timing of the team-based community experiences will be dependent upon the selected cohort’s availability.

Eligibility: Students in the final two years of an accredited health professions program, including two-year degree programs, are eligible to apply to be an AHEC Scholar. Eligible programs include (not an exhaustive list) medicine, nursing, physician assistant, public health, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dental, dental hygiene, and other allied health programs.

Program Details:

  • Begins September 10, 2018 and continues for two academic years
  • Includes 40 hours of didactic content (online/asynchronous)
  • Provides 40 hours of community-based, experiential learning with team members
  • Pays a $750/year stipend to participants meeting requirements each year

Application Deadline: May 31, 2018

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Registration Now Open for Go Viral CampGo Viral

EVSC Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center and Southwest Indiana AHEC are offering a one-week summer camp to explore disease outbreaks, basic epidemiology, disease tracking, integration of public health with medical care and the variety of careers in public health. The Go Viral Camp will be held June 4-8, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center. This educational offering is for current 7th and 8th graders in Gibson, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.

For more details and registration information, click the image at right. Spots are limited. Deadline to register is April 27.

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