University of Southern Indiana

  • AHEC Scholars
    subheading titleApply to be an AHEC Scholar!

    Designed to give health professions students a deeper understanding of rural and urban healthcare. Learn more ...

  • Indiana SANE Training Project
    subheading titleIndiana SANE Training Project

    Provide advanced nursing education to increase the number of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs). Learn more ...

  • Legislative Breakfast
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    An opportunity for elected officials and AHEC Advisory Board members to learn about AHEC's work in rural and underserved communities.

  • 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 ...

  • 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:

2021 Partnership Matters Award
Southwest Indiana AHEC’s 2021 Partnership Matters Award is presented to the Collaborative Interprofessional Education Team at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Indiana. “Although the team consists of other members, Angela Shick, Andrea Goodman and Jenny Shrum have been invaluable resources for Southwest Indiana AHEC in the placement of students for clinical experiences,” said Jane Friona, Executive Director of Southwest Indiana AHEC. “They routinely provide assistance in connecting with preceptors, ensuring students are set-up and oriented for placements, providing housing when needed and making students feel welcome. They have also been great partners in situations when clinical placements maybe didn’t work out entirely as expected, and their understanding has been appreciated.”

In addition to their work on clinical placements, the Collaborative Interprofessional Education Team has engaged with AHEC’s regional Clinical Collaboration Team, providing expertise, insight and experience on a variety of topics to other regional organizations and professional colleagues across southwest Indiana. They coordinate the Simulation Consortium and are active members of the University of Southern Indiana’s Strengthening the Healthcare Team conference planning committee. This team is also involved in community education activities that positively impact health and safety for all.

2021 Outstanding Preceptor Awards
Southwest Indiana AHEC is excited to present its inaugural Outstanding Preceptor Awards to Dr. Stephen Cullen and Dr. Amy Archer of Cullen Medical Professionals in Washington, Indiana.

"Recognizing the value of supporting, mentoring and educating future healthcare professionals, particularly in rural communities, is critical to the mission of the Indiana AHEC Network," said Jane Friona, Executive Director of Southwest Indiana AHEC. "These two physicians have committed themselves and their practice to helping ensure a strong pipeline of future health professionals in southwest Indiana."

Friona said the two providers precept about 24 students annually, providing clinical experiences to medical students from both IU and Marian University, physician assistant (PA) students, and nurse practitioner (NP) students. "Their willingness to provide family medicine and behavioral health clinical experiences to future health professionals across a variety of disciplines creates a breadth of understanding and strengthens the interprofessional healthcare team," said Friona. "Students consistently provide positive feedback on the tremendous learning experience provided by these preceptors."

Dr. Cullen graduated from University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, completed five years of active duty in the United States Army Medical Corps, and has been providing primary care in rural southern Indiana since 1983. He is also a Retired Lt. Colonel in the Indiana National Guard, where he served a tour of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He holds certificates of added achievement in sports medicine and geriatric medicine, in addition to his board certification in Family Practice.

Dr. Archer has been providing primary care in rural Indiana for over 12 years. She graduated from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences – College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at the Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and shares her knowledge of eating disorder prevention and treatment through public speaking and counseling.

Southwest Indiana Scholars Poster Places Third
Members of the 2019-2021 AHEC Scholars cohort presented their capstone projects during the statewide AHEC Conference, where Scholars from across the eight Indiana AHEC regions presented their posters in a virtual exhibit fashion. Their poster, Hepatitis, HIV and Harm Reduction, placed third out of 24 entries.

"I am so very proud of their hard work and commitment over the past two years," said Krista Kercher, Southwest Indiana AHEC Clinical Coordinator. "AHEC Scholars are high achievers and dedicated to better serving rural and vulnerable communities."

See both Capstone Projects.

Apply now to be an AHEC Scholar!

“I joined because I knew AHEC’s programs would enhance my ability to provide quality care to medically underserved, vulnerable, and rural populations.”
– University of Evansville student

Applications are currently being accepted for the AHEC Scholars Program. AHEC Scholars is a community healthcare fellowship program that prepares students in the final two years of an accredited health professions program to more effectively enter the health professions workforce.

Applicants should have a strong interest in providing care to those living in rural and medically-underserved communities across Indiana.

For details, visit the AHEC Scholars web page

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