Building the pipeline for tomorrow’s healthcare professionals
Grow Our Own: A Strategy to Increase the Healthcare Workforce in Montana
The healthcare workforce in Montana is experiencing shortages and significant maldistribution
of professionals throughout the state. As healthcare needs grow at a rapid pace, the
workforce required to address that need may not be available, particularly in rural
and underserved areas. The Montana Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), along with
the Office of Public Instruction, the Office of the Commission of Higher Education,
and numerous other collaborative partners, are committed to build the healthcare workforce
A program designed to encourage high school students who are in sophomore and junior
grade levels to pursue their interest in a variety of healthcare careers. The aim
of MedStart is to provide rural, disadvantaged / minority, low income and first generation
college students with an opportunity to further explore healthcare careers, learn
about college life, and realize the possibility to pursue higher education. Many scholarships
are available, however, due to the competitive nature of the camps students are encouraged
to apply early. Applications are due in March.
The purpose of MT HOSA-Future Health Professionals is to develop leadership and technical
skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which
is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.
Research and Explore Awesome Careers in Healthcare is a one-day camp which takes place
at the local healthcare facility. REACH provides high school students with the opportunity
to explore many healthcare fields through a variety of hands-on stations and activities.
Professionals from the sponsoring healthcare facility lead the stations, volunteering
their time and talent to mentor students and share their expertise.
Heads Up Camp is a program for high school students to partake in career exploration
and learn valuable skills in the field of behavioral health. Students will have the
opportunity to hear from local professionals from a range of occupations – social
work, addictions counseling, psychiatry, psychology, etc. They will also receive training
to use immediately as advocates / peer support in their communities including suicide
prevention and anti-bullying. Over the course of the camp, students will have the
opportunity to earn a Youth Mental Health First Aid certificate and learn tools to
assist those in need.
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