Goals & Objectives
Calendar / Activities
Jobs at Scripps/UCSD
To build and support a health care workforce through education, leadership and community collaboration in order to improve
access and quality of care for underserved populations in border counties.
- Increase the health care workforce pipeline with a special focus on youth, displaced workers and individuals seeking
a second career.
- To raise the numbers, types, diversity and retention of primary health and social service care professionals
working in underserved areas.
- To improve the skills of health care professionals, including students, to promote good community health, wellness
and effective cultural competence.
- To enhance community wellness and prevention through a variety of health-care initiatives.
In meeting this goal, access to quality health care will improve through appropriate preparation, composition and
distribution of the health profession workforce. San Diego Border AHEC activities include:
- Introduce and engage youth in health activities that promote health careers.
- Collaborate with several local schools and community-based organizations to develop and implement
career promotion activities.
- Work together with UCSD School of Medicine to introduce the "Doctors Ought to Care" (DOC) Program to several
schools along the border.
- Linkage with several school-to-work programs in San Diego to coordinate work-based experiential training that
provides guidance for career placement.
- Provide mentoring opportunities that allow students to learn more about job opportunities and the importance in
the health-care field.
- Develop education and clinical training experiences for students and health professionals in community settings.
- Arrange for clerkship opportunities annually for UCSD medical students in community clinics.
- Coordinate opportunities for family practice residents to have training experiences in schools, clinics and
- Coordinate clinical training experiences for the UCSD School
- Support existing health professionals through job placement and continued education in medically-underserved
- Family Practice medical resident involvement in all community health-related activities designed to educate
youth and adults about health education/prevention and career opportunities.
- The overall focus of the AHEC program is three-fold: support training, assist local providers, and get young
people interested in health careers.
The training aspect of the AHEC program focuses on student education about health professions. Half of these students are
medical students. AHEC training sites are distributed equally between urban and rural communities and include approximately
500 community health centers and 500 health department sites.
AHEC programs provide local educational and training opportunities to health professionals that enable them to stay
current with health education and awareness. In addition, this program helps health professionals learn about issues
they face in their daily community work.
AHEC programs work with 9 - 12 year-old students through summer programs. Additionally, AHEC programs nationwide make
presentations in large group settings to students in grades K–12, parents, teachers and school counselors.