A Message From The Director

A Message From The Director

We begin this year with great anticipation for what our office of three can accomplish. We can’t move forward without acknowledging the past. In 2011 we raised $32,800 (11% of our overall budget) with donations from the Northwest Health Foundation, Wildhorse Foundation, Susan G. Komen for The Cure, Oregon Student Assistance Commission, Pioneer Memorial Hospital Foundation, Union County Extension Services, Northeast Oregon Network, Wallowa Valley Health Care Foundation, and many community members and organizations who support our programs.

We have been busy visiting schools, chambers of commerce and service organizations in each of our twelve counties. Awareness about our programs has grown exponentially. Our grade school programs – In-A-Box, Girls in Science and Saturday Science – are thriving, especially as we promote the free resources of the In-A-Box program to 4th to 8th grade class rooms throughout our region. Our online health occupations course, Future Health Professionals of Oregon, has received enough funding from the Oregon Community Foundation for us to make it available to high school students in every county in our catchment area. Other activities like Med Quest and Med Stars continue to provide exciting opportunities to mentor high school students toward higher education in health related fields.

We expanded our college level programs and now offer a diverse platform of health care providers who speak to Eastern Oregon University and Columbia Gorge Community College students about what they can expect as they pursue higher education and different health career paths. We also developed a humanities course with EOU staff for prehealth professional students. We also increased the Statewide AHEC A Day in The Life program to include multiple disciplines for community college and university level students who have the special chance to visit Oregon Health Sciences University for the day and even meet with an admissions coordinator!

Northeast Oregon AHEC offers rich resources from grade school to graduate school, closing the loop on our programs; we also provide housing and transportation for students including: medical, dental physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant students as well as family medicine residents in seven of our twelve counties and host an annual Brain Awareness seminar presented by OHSU that is geared toward educators and health care providers.

Literally hundreds of community leaders throughout our region volunteer to enhance the work that we do. We have a governing board of sage board members, who introduce us to key players in their counties and provide us with strategic leadership to do the work we do best. 2011 was a great year for the staff and the communities of Northeast Oregon AHEC and we believe 2012 will be even brighter!

Amy Dunkak
Executive Director

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