Connecting Students to Careers, Professionals to Communities, and Communities to Better Health

​​​​Northwest Wisconsin AHEC collaborates with many of the regions leading workforce development agencies, K-12 and post secondary academic institutions, public health departments, healthcare providers and non-profit agencies. These partnerships provide opportunities for students to explore their passion and curiosity for the healthcare industry, connecting trained professionals with employers, along with supporting professional development opportunities for our existing workforce. 

NWAHEC has either partnered, administered, or provided financial support for the following programs or services: 

Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition


This annual event hosted by Wisconsin AHEC invites students from any Wisconsin college/university to compete in a case competition, and prove you’ve got the knowledge and skills that employers are seeking in up-and-coming health professionals. Teams will have 2 months to work together on a case study and submit their entry prior to the competition. Each team will conduct an analysis of interprofessional efforts during the care of a patient/client. At the end of the process, your team will present your findings to a panel of judges representing various disciplines in the community of Wisconsin’s healthcare professionals. Recruitment for teams begins in September/October, while the event activities are conducted in the fall. The state competition is held in January each year. 

2017-18 Case Competition details can be found HERE

The Pulse: The Heartbeat to Your Future – June 11-16, 2018
NWAHEC welcomes The Pulse. Designed for students that attend Hudson, New Richmond and St. Croix Central High Schools. Students will spend the week engaging in hands-on projects, field trips and tours to a variety of health care facilities and academic institutions. A large variety of health professionals speak to, and work with, the students to provide a realistic and educational understanding of many health careers. Click here for additional information about The Pulse. 

Medical Discovery Days (MDD)
Partnerships with the Ladysmith Health Care Academy, Hudson High School, and Northwest Wisconsin CEP provides, to students from area high schools, an experiential series of field trips to academic & healthcare institutions and student participation in HOSA competitive events. The activities provided are designed to help students identify clear pathways to high demand rural healthcare careers. 

Rescue Divas: EMS Camp for Girls

Northwest Wisconsin, along with area's throughout the state, is challenged with a rapidly aging population and a shortage of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). Northwest Wisconsin CEP  is combating this shortage by offering Rescue Divas: EMS Camp for Girls. This four day EMS camp introduces young women to the word of EMS through guest speakers, job shadowing, and hands on action. Rescue Divas is supported by funding from NWAHEC.  

Wisconsin Express (State AHEC Signature program)– March 19-24 and May 21-26 
This is a week-long cultural immersion placement for health professions students from all majors nearing completion of their degree/certification. It is an intense study of health care in northwestern Wisconsin – to include living and working in the diverse communities and cultures.

UW Health Profession Student Clerkships/Externships
UW medical students, who need clerkship/externship sites and are placed in northwest Wisconsin, receive assistance from both the State AHEC and NWAHEC staff/consultants in the development of required local projects. 

Continuing Education for Health Professionals
Continuing education offerings are specifically designed for nurses, certified medical assistants, certified nursing assistants, home health care and public health professionals, as well as other health care professionals. Topics include, but not limited to, veterans’ mental health, aging, diabetes, antimicrobial resistance, Affordable Care Act, poverty, health literacy, effective communications, cultural and economic diversity. NWAHEC partners with WITC, UW Superior and UW Extension.

Continuing Education for Community Members
Sessions on topics of interest provided for the general public, community members include, but not limited to, veterans mental health, Affordable Care Act, Alzheimer’s and aging, dental prevention, and health literacy. Contact us if you would like to receive a presentation or have NWAHEC participate in an event. 

For more information about these programs, contact

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