Serving Durham county.
Director of Health Careers and Workforce Diversity
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,
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.
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.
“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:
Partners in the Duke AHEC Program region