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Deadline Sept. 25 for SWI-AHEC Mini-Grant Program

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Schools and other community organizations in southwest Indiana that promote health careers for youth (grades 6-12), offer clinical experiences for health professions students, or provide continuing education for health professionals may be eligible to receive a mini-grant from the Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (SWI-AHEC).

SWI-AHEC is seeking applications for projects in Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties now through September 25.

“We are interested in projects across the health care workforce pipeline, from youth to current health care professionals. Our focus is on the diversity, distribution, and quality of the health care workforce throughout southwest Indiana,” said Jane Friona, SWI-AHEC executive director. “Historically, awards have ranged between $1,000 and $4,000. The number of mini-grants awarded will be dependent on the number of proposals we receive.”

Click the button below for the Mini-Grant guidelines and application packet.

Request For Proposal

Dare to Dream participants invited to career exploration programs

Web -Dare -to -Dream -PhotoSouthwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (SWI-AHEC) is collaborating with Dare to Dream for a Health Careers Exploration Programs to be held over the next months at USI and other community locations. This program is geared toward high school students (9th through 12th grades, including recent graduates) with a goal to foster their interest in health careers, as well as prepare them for postsecondary education in a health profession.

The program is funded through a city of Evansville Youth Leadership Grant.

SWI-AHEC works closely with Ivy Tech Community College and the University of Evansville, in addition to our relationship with USI, so a variety of health programs and professions will be featured.

This Health Careers Exploration program is a response to the pressing need to improve the diversity and cultural competency of health professionals, which is one of SWI-AHEC's focus areas. Nationally, the diversity of health care professionals does not mirror that of the overall population, and research supports that a lack of racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity in the workforce produces barriers that can also increase health disparities. Attracting minority youth, particularly those in underserved areas, to pursue health careers will also produce positive outcomes for the employability and success of the youth, as the demand for jobs in health care is projected to be strong.

There is no cost for participants in the Dare to Dream Mentoring Program, but space is limited. For more information, contact Danny Henderson, or 812-774-1570.

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