Serving Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Greene, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, and Wayne counties.
Director of Health Careers and Workforce Diversity
Featured programs and activities
Youth Health Service Corps
Eastern AHEC partners directly with high schools throughout the region to implement this program in the classroom setting or as an after-school club. Youth Health Service Corp is a service learning program designed to recruit diverse high school students as leaders in meaningful community service that addresses important community health issues. The mission is to increase the number of diverse high school students who matriculate into post-secondary health career programs. As part of the program, students are required to complete six modules of volunteer training and fulfill at least 50 hours of volunteer service in the community. Those who achieve 50 hours of service receive a National Community Service Recognition Award. Students who exceed 100 hours receive the Presidential Service Award. In addition, students participate in enrichment experiences including CPR certification, financial aid/planning for college, and personal responsibility and leadership.
Youth Health Service Corps Leadership Conference
This is a one-day conference for high school students involved in Youth Health Service Corps that have a demonstrated interest in helping to create healthier communities through service learning. The conference is held at East Carolina University, or other college or university in the region, and includes workshops, discussions, and tours of academic health care facilities and clinical labs. The program provides students with an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge about health careers, become exposed to professional career role models, find out more about higher learning opportunities, and network with students from other schools who have similar interests. The greatest emphasis is placed on addressing cutting edge health care issues and the importance and value of serving others through a health career.
SAT and ACT Preparation
The purpose of this course is to provide high quality test preparation for SAT and ACT. By attending the workshop, students will be able to identify the role of standardized tests in the college admissions process; recognize test-taking strategies to maximize ACT math, science, English, and reading scores; and apply strategies by taking actual practice tests. Annually, one SAT workshop is offered in the fall, and one ACT workshop is offered in the spring.
Destination Health Careers Camp
The program is offered in partnership with the Health Sciences Academy of Pitt County Schools. It is designed to expose students to a variety of associate degree health care careers available to them at Pitt Community College. These careers included respiratory therapy, medical sonography, radiologic technology, occupational therapy assisting, polysonography, and medical assisting. The students are engaged in two days of hands-on education in a high-tech laboratory setting at Pitt Community College, one and one-half days of job shadowing experiences with experienced health care professionals at Vidant Medical Center, and the final afternoon in the simulation laboratory at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine.
Camp FOCUS is a summer enrichment day-camp for middle school students held in Pitt County in collaboration with DSM Pharmaceuticals and Pitt County Schools. Camp FOCUS is open to students in Pitt and surrounding counties and is primarily centered on scientific concepts and experiments. It provides an opportunity for a leadership of teachers to develop engaging inquiry labs that challenge students to observe, question, hypothesize, test, and defend their ideas about science and the world around them. The key assumption is that engaging students in inquiry will develop greater interest in and a deeper understanding of science than is possible through conventional instructional approaches. Camp FOCUS also includes a professional development component where the six teachers who serve as camp instructors, develop advanced math and science lessons to be used during the school year and shared with colleagues at various schools.
“My experience with the Eastern AHEC Health Careers program has been life-changing. Before I entered the program, I was a little uncertain about what field I wanted to pursue. Being selected to participate in the Ventures Into Health Careers Institute exposed me to the numerous careers and opportunities in the health field and how each was vital in the overall goal of the field. The various seminars allowed me to see the positive impact that health professionals make and the passion they showed in their work. This caused me to set my mind on being a health professional. Also, being around other teens that had the same interest, determination and drive to accomplish their dreams and do something positive with their lives motivated me even more.
Chris Bullock, student
Many students who have participated in Eastern AHEC programs have gone on to attend colleges and universities including:
Partners in the Eastern AHEC region include: