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Mentorship, Teamwork, Experience, Education

We're building a team of diligent, enthusiastic community leaders who promote the mission of High Sierra AHEC and make a difference in our community.  This program is a unique way to gain non-profit and public health experiences while acquiring professional growth and development. Perfect for undergraduate students pursuing careers in healthcare!

"The experience that I have had this semester as a Student Ambassador with High Sierra AHEC is unlike anything I have ever gained from another program or commitment. The public health, equity, and professional development initiatives of this program truly resonate with me, and my engagement as a Student Ambassador has deepened my love for medicine, science, and community. I am incredibly excited about my future as a Student Ambassador with AHEC, and I can’t wait to see the ways in which I grow, connect with others, and positively impact my community in the years ahead."

-Isabelle Kovaltchouk

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Save the Date!

4th Annual Pre-Professional Healthcare Summit

Every Saturday in April, 2021!

4/3 - 4/24

For students, by students -

 This year, our innovative conference goes online!

PPHS will ask the questions pre-professional schooling doesn't always answer - from the professionals themselves. Creating insight, encouraging networking, and providing a space to explore what the next step may be. 


Sign up for our newsletters and follow us on social media to learn more about the exciting webinar series we have designed for you! 



K-12 Initiatives led by our Ambassadors!

Camp curriculum can be modified to suit either 3rd-5th grade or 5th-8th grade. It broadly covers all body systems, homeostasis, and different roles and responsibilities in healthcare. Students are exposed to several career paths, from skilled to professional, and engage in hands-on activities and active learning with local professionals. Camper activities include hospital tours, audiology screenings, orthopedic casting, nutrition education, suturing, dissection and group games.

Crime Scene Investigation camp targets 5th-8th grade students and exercises their critical thinking skills, problem solving, teamwork, and scientific analysis and application. Beginning with a fictitious death, students must solve the cause of death and/or catch the criminal responsible using a variety of standard laboratory techniques. These techniques and experiments include basic biligy, chemistry, and medical ethics. At the end of the week, students present their findings in court. Partner organizations have included the Washoe County Office Crime Lab, Reno Justice Court, and local volunteer attorneys.

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Innovative outreach targetting Title 1 schools, providing enriched content and comprehensive education focusing on health literacy, health policy, diversity/cultural competency, interprofessional education (IPE), and current and emergent health issues and topics. Students are exposed to different healthcare careers, learn about the functions of the healthcare system, gain a better understanding about how to appropriately research, and identify ways to advocate for themselves and their families.

Similar to Project Prevent, out outreach initiative specifically targets rural students. Our goal is to provide them with hands-on experiential activities to assist them in further exploring careers in healthcare. Through the mentorship of our Student Ambassadors, rural students gain knowledge on the importance of IPE and gain access to local healthcare leaders and professionals. Students are provided with insight on the healthcare needs specific to their communities and learn the potential impact they have to revitalize and improve the health of rural Nevada.

Interested in joining the Student Ambassador Program?

Step 1: Download and fill out the Student Ambassador Application

Step 2: Send your completed application, resume, and cover letter

to Healthcare Workforce Development Coordinator, Amanda Aragon

Step 3: If selected, you will be invited for a Personal Interview

Step 4: If accepted, sign the AHEC Offer of Ambassadorship

*Please note that background checks will be conducted for all accepted Student Ambassadors

Should you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Amanda Aragon, Healthcare Workforce Development Coordinator, at amanda@highsierraahec.org or by phone at (775) 507-4022. 


Kayla Freeman,

Lead Ambassador

Corban Cocanour,

Lead Ambassador