The Western Regional Area Health Education Center at Western Michigan University offers programs that aim to enhance health care provider knowledge and to introduce health care careers to students.

Health Careers Connection

The Health Careers Connection program offers high school graduates who will attend WMU an opportunity to earn six credits the summer between high school graduation and the beginning of their freshman year. Scholarships are available to each student accepted in the program. More information and application details are available here.

High School to Health Career Mentor Program at Van Buren Tech Center

Again this academic year, the Western Regional Area Health Education Center and Van Buren Technology Center are partnering to bring a comprehensive mentor program to at-risk students enrolled in courses at the Van Buren Technology Center who are interested in a career in a health and human service field after high school.  If you are enrolled in courses at WMU's College of Health and Human Services and interested in a becoming a mentor, please contact Eriz Highey at or (269) 387-8156.


Fundraiser for the Health Careers Connection program

Come and get healed with some health care humor. Tickets are $75 and all proceeds benefit disadvantaged, under-represented West Michigan students from medically underserved, health provider shortage areas who are interested in health and human service careers. For more information, contact Lisa Brennan at or (616) 771-9497.

Hereditary Cancer, Today

Join us at the WMU Grand Rapids Beltline Location for a continuing medical education conference, Hereditary Cancer, Today: How Primary Care Providers can Impact Patient Outcomes, and listen to experts in the fields of cancer and genetics discuss the latest research and evidence based practices for screening, treatment and surveillance of genetic cancers. 

  • Wednesday, May 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Registration is just $65
    Continental breakfast and lunch included

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 For more information, contact Melissa Ponstein at or (616) 771-9494.

Trauma Informed Care Continuing Education Conference, "The Impact of Trauma on Developing Addictive Disorders"

Join us Friday, May 18, 2018, as trauma informed care specialists discuss the latest research and evidence based practices related to adverse childhood experiences and how they play a role in the development of addictive disorders across the life span.  CE credits will be provided for healthcare providers and educators. For more information, contact Lisa Brennan at or (616) 771-9497.

Health Literacy Webinar now available

Dr. Doris Ravotas, coordinator of the interdisciplinary health services program, and Chris Trudeau, professor of law at WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School, presented on health literacy and tips for implementing health literacy initiatives.



Read our FALL 2017 NEWSLETTER, featuring:

  • AHEC conferences from summer 2017
  • Michigan AHEC sponsors legislative breakfast
  • Health Careers Connection Progam
  • and more...

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Scholarships and loan reimbursement

Many of the AHEC community partners offer health care scholarships for a variety of disciplines.

Scholarship resources