Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is AHEC?

AHEC stands for Area Health Education Center. An Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a not – for- profit organization that works in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) and other medically underserved neighborhoods. Through collaboration with community-based partners, an AHEC recruits students interested in healthcare professions, trains and supports healthcare professionals and advocates eliminating health disparities.

2. What is BW AHEC?

Bronx-Westchester Area Health Education Center (BW AHEC) is a partner of the New York State Area Health Education Center System.  BW AHEC serves to improve the health and healthcare outcomes of underserved communities in the Bronx and Westchester areas through recruitment, retention and enrichment for the healthcare workforce.

3. Who does BW AHEC serve?

BW AHEC serves students who live or attend school in Bronx or Westchester counties.

4. What programs are available for students?

BW AHEC has a variety of health careers programs focusing on different careers and age groups including:

  • Summer Health Internship Program (SHIP) High School Junior – College Sophomore
  • Health Careers Internship Program (HCIP) College Junior, Senior and Post-baccalaureate
  • Medical Academy of Science and Health Program (MASH) 7th-8th grade
  • Health Careers Bridge Program (HCBP) High School Juniors and Seniors

5. How do I apply for a program?

To be considered for a program, students must complete an application and return it by the application deadline. The application consists of a short essay about why the student wants to participate in the program, a health and immunization form, a school transcript and a recommendation. The recommendation and selection of students are not based on academic standing, as there are many opportunities in healthcare which do not require outstanding academic achievement.