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SWI-AHEC announces recipients of 2015-16 Mini-Grants

Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (SWI-AHEC) has awarded more than $17,000 in funding to nine area tax-exempt organizations as part of its 2015-16 Mini-Grant Program.

“This amount represents an investment in our future,” said Jane Friona, executive director of SWI-AHEC. “When you look at the entire health workforce pipeline – middle school, high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional levels – every step is important, and the educational resources we help provide to area institutions not only boosts interest in health careers and assists in education, but also ultimately improves healthcare in southwest Indiana.”

The organizations receiving SWI-AHEC Mini-Grants are:

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Dare to Dream Mentoring Program, Evansville Tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universitities
Heritage Hills High School, Lincoln City CPR instructor training and equipment for Anatomy & Physiology course
Jasper High School, Jasper Purchase and repair of microoscopes for Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences
Medical Professions Academy, Evansville Central H.S. Clinical Immersion Experience at Deaconess Hospital
St. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville Recording of Perinatal Tri-State Conference for rural communities
Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center, Evansville Professional resource library for Health Science students
Twin Rivers, Washington Sports Medicine and Athletic Traininng unit for Anatomy & Health Science curriculum
University of Evansville's College of Education and Health Sciences Caring for the Poor program to provide health screenings and education
YWCA of Evansville Health careers camp for 7th and 8th grade girls

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About the Mini-Grant Program: 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).

Each year, SWI-AHEC seeks applications for projects in Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties.

“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.”

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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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