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Health Care Professions Take Center Stage at Indiana AHEC Meeting Tuesday

Miss Indiana USA 2010 Allison Biehle will be a guest student speaker at 10:30 a.m. She will discuss growing up in a rural underserved area and how AHEC helps students like her achieve their goals.

Biehle is an undergraduate student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she is studying biology. She plans to apply to the Indiana University School of Dentistry this fall. The one-day conference will be at the IUPUI Campus Center fourth-floor conference rooms.

Thirty-three middle and high school students from across the state have been selected by the AHEC regional center directors and will attend as guests of AHEC.

The students are from some of the communities where Indiana AHEC plays a significant role in establishing educational opportunities and promoting health care careers. The students are from Batesville, Borden, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Knox, Newburgh and Pekin. (EDITORS: Names of students from your area available upon request.)

The students will participate in a Healthcare Boot Camp – workshops that offer hands-on interactive experiences in various health care fields. Organizations volunteering their time and resources for the boot camp include Butler University Department of Pharmacy Practice; Community Health Network Hook Rehabilitation Center; Indiana Canine Assistance Network (ICAN); Indiana University Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Indiana University Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences; IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency; Indiana University School of Dentistry; Ivy Tech, Columbus, Medical Assisting; National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS); Purdue University Calumet School of Nursing; University of Indianapolis, Physical Therapy; and University of Southern Indiana, Nutrition and Respiratory Therapy.

Educators, advocates, health professionals, community leaders, and others from across the state will share a day of dialogue and idea exchange during the third annual Indiana AHEC meeting. Guest speakers include John M. Westfall, M.D., MPH, associate dean of rural health, Colorado University School of Medicine, whose presentation is titled, “Show Me the Money, AHEC Survival in 2010.”

Indiana Center for Health Workforce Director Terrell W. Zollinger, Dr.P.H., professor of public health at the IU School of Medicine, director of doctoral program in epidemiology, and associate director of the Bowen Research Center, will present the “Indiana Healthcare Workforce Update.”

The lunchtime keynote speaker is Jerry Patterson, M.S., Ph.D., adjunct professor, Graduate Program in Hospital and Health Administration, and faculty fellow in Health Care Management, Birmingham-Southern College.

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