Blue Ridge AHEC is a non-profit regional health education center based in Rome, Georgia. The mission of Blue Ridge AHEC is to increase the supply, distribution and education of health professionals in Northwest Georgia by recruiting, training, and retaining quality health professionals in our 20 county region.
We accomplish this mission by “Growing Our Own” health professionals. Studies have shown that students are more likely to practice in the communities where they were trained. This involves creating a “pipeline” of students interested in health care careers, providing them with information about careers in health, and counseling them throughout their school years. Blue Ridge AHEC also assists students in training for health careers through our Preceptor Coordination department, and provides continuing education programs for existing health professionals through our RN Re-entry/CE Coordinator. We pride ourselves on establishing community-based clinical training sites, identifying resources and developing networks, and developing strategies for retention and continuing education of health care professionals.
Rural Student = Rural Health Professionals
Beginning in elementary school, Blue Ridge AHEC’s health career counselors make students aware of their options in fun ways of exploration of careers. In middle school, students are encouraged to explore a variety of health care careers and the high school preparation needed to be successful in that pathway. Finally, in high school, students are provided more detailed information about salary expectations, job projections, college requirements, and financial aid linkages. We also provide students with opportunities for attending Health Career Camps in the region and a statewide camp, visiting different campuses and motivating them to stay positive about their goals.
When the student is accepted into a health care training program, Blue Ridge AHEC assist the student to come to our northwest Georgia region for their clinical training, if approved by their school and the school is working with our AHEC. We pride ourselves on:
- Establishing community-based clinical training sites.
- Identifying resources and developing networks.
- Developing strategies for retention and continuing education of health care professionals.