Serving Durham county.


Director of Health Careers and Workforce Diversity
Duke AHEC Office
101 Hanes House
Box 3883 DUMC
Durham, NC 27710
919-477-2644 (fax) 919-477-2960

Featured programs and activities

Health Careers Enrichment Program

This year-long program works intensively with high school students to prepare them for college and a future as a health care professional.  Students are selected into the program as rising 9th grade students and must reside in the Duke AHEC area. The program is offered in collaboration with the Health Sciences Center at Southern High School,
Throughout the four years in high school, students participate in activities that expose them to a variety of health professions, learn basic health information and skills (e.g. CPR, first aid, screenings, etc.), shadow health professionals, and participate in college preparation activities. 

Summer Camps

Two week-long camps for rising 8th and 9th grade students.  Past activities included exploring disease processes, touring hospital departments, identifying blood types using laboratory techniques, learning basic suturing skills, understanding forensics, learning anatomy through skeleton reconstruction, and participating in discussions with health care professionals.

Campamento Exploracion

A week-long summer camp that focuses on increasing the number of bilingual/bicultural health care workers and explores the role of the medical interpreter.  Bilingual high school students learn basic interpreter skills, shadow bilingual health care professions, and discuss health risks for youth and Latinos. Eligibility: Bilingual high school students in the Duke AHEC area.

Health Careers Puppet Show

This fun and educational program targets K-3rd grade students.  Students are introduced to several health career fields and enjoy learning about them during this entertaining 45-minute presentation, which includes a video, puppet demonstration, games, and group discussion.


Tamela Wimbush“My daughter, Tamela Wimbush (pictured), has been a product of the program since her freshman year.  I remember Tamela’s sheer excitement when she learned of her acceptance. The Duke AHEC Office fosters several of Tamela’s interests.  Because she was born prematurely, she has a fond interest in neonatology and working with children.  Duke AHEC advisors provided Tamela and other program participants a unique opportunity to visit the neonatal intensive care unit of Duke Hospital.  Tamela continues to speak about what she calls a ‘moving experience.’ She participated in several leadership conferences held on college campuses in North Carolina that were sponsored by the Duke AHEC Office.  Not only has my daughter benefited from the program, I have seen firsthand how others have benefited as well.  The Duke AHEC Health Careers and Workforce Diversity program continues to seek opportunities that allow youth who have the desire to broaden their awareness of health care in North Carolina.” 

Pamela Wimbush, parent

Many students who have participated in Duke AHEC programs have gone on to attend colleges and universities including:

  • Appalachian  State University
  • Duke University
  • East Carolina University
  • Florida A & M University
  • Guilford College
  • Hampton University
  • Liberty University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Meredith College
  • NC A & T State University
  • NC Central University
  • NC State University
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • UNC-Greensboro
  • UNC-Pembroke
  • University of Virginia
  • Watts School of Nursing
  • Winston-Salem State University

Partners in the Duke AHEC Program region

  • Duke Health Departments of:
  • Audiology & Speech Pathology
  • Clinical Labs
  • Community & Family Medicine
  • Education Services
  • Heart Center
  • International Patient Relations
  • Latino Health Project
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology
  • Prosthetics & Orthotics
  • Radiology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • School of Nursing
  • Sports Medicine/Physical Therapy
  • Teer House for Community Education
  • Women’s Health Services
  • Durham County Health Department
  • Durham Public Schools – City of Medicine Academy
  • March of Dimes
  • Vance Granville Community College