Contra Costa AHEC Scholar Opportunity

Sunday, June 02, 2019


This federally-funded initiative supports our health department's commitment to achieving heath equity through career pathway efforts focused on developing a future workforce of CCHS health professionals that understand, uplift, and reflect the cultural and lived experiences of the diverse communities we serve in our county.
As background, the Contra Costa AHEC was launched in February 2019 and we are excited to begin our AHEC Scholars in Community Health Program this Summer. To note, this is an inaugural program as part of an initiative by the CA AHEC which has charged regional centers, such as the Contra Costa AHEC, to implement the Scholars in Community Health Program that is relevant to the opportunities, assets and needs of our local communities. This program allows high potential students in the health professions with a demonstrated commitment to under-resourced communities to explore patient-centered care with an emphasis on community health and serving medically underserved communities.This longitudinal, interdisciplinary Scholars Program is divided into three components: community-oriented education, clinical training and a community-based health project, which supplement students’ existing health training programs. Refer to the enclosed document which provides more details related to the program and its curriculum and our Contra Costa brochure. 


Contra Costa Health Services is a large county safety net system in the Bay Area that has a multitude of public health and behavioral health programs rooted in equity, prioritizes innovation and improvement efforts in health care delivery and public health practice, and is home to the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program– one of the top 10 family medicine programs in the country focused on full spectrum training.

Once selected as a "Contra Costa AHEC Scholar", this small inaugural cohort of up to 15 health professions students on a variety of academic paths will embark on a longitudinal relationship with CCHS. The flexible Scholars curriculum includes in-person and on-line learning, clinical hours, and a community project (intended to fulfill both AHEC's and the student's academic requirements) and is designed to be completed over the duration of two academic years (80 total hours of participation each year). This experiential learning opportunity aims to provide impactful mentorship and relevant preparation for students to better serve our underserved and medically vulnerable populations -- now and in the future. Scholars receive an annual stipend for a minimum of $250 plus a Certificate in Community Health from the CA Statewide AHEC endorsed by the California Primary Care Association and the Rural Health Association.

To Apply:

Please visit the California AHEC website www.cal-ahec.org and look under the "Scholars Program" tab to access the Contra Costa application and apply beforeWednesday, June 5th, 2019.Once approved (typically within 1 week), Scholars can expect to receive a "Welcome Letter" from the State office with instructions on how to navigate the online module and additional instructions/important dates from the Contra Costa AHEC team. We then send an additional online initial survey form customized for Contra Costa AHEC Scholars to learn their goals, competencies, and pursuits.

Questions? Please feel free to contact me before the 6/5 deadline!






Shannon J. Ladner-Beasley, MPH - Program Manager
CCHS Career Pathways (formerly Public Health Solutions)
Director, Contra Costa AHEC (Area Health Education Center)
Contra Costa Health Services
1220 Morello Ave. Suite 200
Martinez, CA 94553
Ph: (925) 957-2675
Fax: (925) 947-2651
Visit our Website: http://cchealth.org