NAHEC programs

Our Pipeline to Practice approach connects students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.  We offer health careers exploration; continuing education programs and services; clinical training opportunities; and community partnership development.


2018 – 2019 Year in Review for NAHEC, CNYAHEC, and HWNY – check out this fun video!

Rural Immersion

NAHEC partners with colleges and rural healthcare providers to support the Rural Healthcare Immersion Program. Rural areas tend to lack widespread and accessible healthcare services in comparison to suburban and urban areas. This program promotes the local community to future healthcare providers.

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EMS Support & Training Opportunities


 “The true mark you’re going to make as a leader is not about what you do in Washington.  It’s about the moments that you choose to take a stand.  It’s the moments you choose to change what’s wrong in your own department, your own ambulance, and your own squad.  Choose what your moment will be to rally the people around you.  THAT’S HOW WE CHANGE EMS. 

Understand the immense opportunities you have before you. 

What will be your moment and where will your find it?”

Dan Batsie, BA,
National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic 

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Opioid Prevention Education Project

Northern Area Health Education Center received a grant through the United States Department of Health and Human Services for the period September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020 to provide opioid prevention education in our service area. NAHEC utilized these funds to coordinate and collaborate with local community-based partners to host six community engagement events and fifteen tabling sessions to increase local knowledge and awareness of opioid abuse, prevention and treatments.

Important community partners include St. Lawrence County Public Health, Seaway Valley Prevention Council, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Potsdam, Franklin County Public Health, North Country Community College, Clinton Community College and Partners 4 Substance Use Prevention.

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    M.A.S.H Camp

    MASH Camp, or the Medical Academy of Science and Health, is a fun and educational day camp for students to explore health careers. Students are exposed to a variety of health professions, covering everything from on-the-job-training to an advanced college degree.

    Campers enjoy one day of fun and interaction at a local healthcare facility, where they will:

    • Learn about a variety of health professions as viable career options;
    • Learn about the educational requirements, skills, typical job duties, and personal qualities of successful health professionals and para-professionals; and
    • Participate in interactive, hands-on workshops* that highlight the skills, equipment, technology, and resources used by health professionals.

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    Camp MED

    Camp Med is a community-based healthcare career exploration event for middle and high school students. Local healthcare professionals from area agencies provide students with an insider’s view of what it takes to prepare for and work in specific career fields. Additionally, they may have the opportunity to practice a variety of hands-on skills, such as taking vital signs, surgical scrubbing and gowning, suturing, microscope techniques, EMS skills, and many more. Students learn how providing healthcare in clinics and private offices differs from a hospital environment..

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    P-TECH is a new model for secondary education that trades the traditional classroom for “innovation spaces” through group collaboration and hands-on learning. Here, students take the lead role in their learning, choosing pathways to their careers and taking college-level, credit-bearing courses. P-TECH aims to look and function more like a hybrid between college and the workplace. The 4-6 year sequence emphasizes individualized pathways to completion, workplace experiences, mentorship, in-depth project-based learning, and real-world experiences.

    Check P-TECH out on the web and Facebook!

    CPR / First Aid / Bloodborne Pathogens Training

    NAHEC offers a variety of training opportunities. Courses can be taught in your facility or ours. 

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    Start your search by learning more about healthcare careers and comparing occupations. HWcareers is the best way to learn more about yourself and the healthcare careers that are right for you.

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    Job Shadow Placement

    Job Shadowing is a career exploration activity in which a student is placed at a community business or medical facility and paired with an employee, observes the workday of that employee, interacts with clients or customers and attends meetings and other appointments with the person they are shadowing. Job Shadows are designed to help students explore a field of interest while developing skills and building occupational knowledge.

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    AHEC Scholars

    The NYS AHEC Scholars Program is a two-year, interdisciplinary program with a defined set of clinical, didactic, and community-based training activities.

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