Health Careers Exploration

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Each of the Alaska AHEC centers has staff dedicated to recruiting Alaskans into health careers. They are involved in exposing Alaskans of all ages to the wide range of health careers through a multitude of activities. Examples of these activities include:

  • Partnering and supporting summer health programs such as U-DOC/Della Keats, the biomedicine module of the Alaska Summer Research Academy in Fairbanks, the annual Mini-Medical School hosted by the Alaska WWAMI biomedical program, and Allied Health camps in Barrow
  • Organizing and sponsoring HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Chapters throughout the state
  • Providing tours and job shadowing experiences in a health care setting
  • Arranging for guest speakers from a wide variety of health professions for classrooms, community events, and youth organizations
  • Working with school teachers, counselors, and principals to bring health care career information into the schools
  • Encouraging those in career transition or those re-entering the work force to consider health care as a career option

These are just a few examples of staff activities. To learn more about what each center is doing in terms of recruiting Alaskans into the health field, please visit our regional AHEC websites.

Click on the tabs below for information about specific programs.

  • Health Careers in Alaska Website

    Health Careers in Alaska Website

    The Alaska AHEC Program Office maintains the Health Careers in Alaska website, a one-stop resource with information on:

    • Camps and internships revolving around health and science
    • Academic health programs in Alaska
    • Over 50 Alaska health career descriptions
    • Major healthcare employers in the state

    Check it out!

  • Rural Immersion Institute of the North (RIIN)

    Rural Immersion Institute of the North (RIIN)

    RIIN Logo

    The Rural Immersion Institute of the North (RIIN) is a 3-week opportunity for students to experience a life steeped in culture and a dynamic healthcare environment.

    The upcoming program will be July 10-31, 2019.

    The application deadline for priority consideration is Oct. 31, 2018. Applications will still be accepted after this date, but applicants will be added to the waitlist in the order received.

    For more information, visit the

    RIIN webpage

    RIIN Brochure page 1
    RIIN Brochure page 2

    Contact information:

    Gloria Burnett, Director
    Phone: (907) 786-6705
    Fax: (907) 786-6573

    Dave Berry, Education Coordinator
    Phone: (907) 786-4853
    Fax: (907) 786-6573

  • Preparing Alaskans for Training in Health (PATH) Camps and Academies

    Preparing Alaskans for Training in Health (PATH)

    Preparing Alaskans for Training in HealthPreparing Alaskans for Training in Health (PATH) is a collection of camps and academies designed to encourage students to consider healthcare professions. Camps are aimed at students ages 15-19, while academies are for adults and youth who are not currently enrolled in school. Each event has a distinct theme.

    Allied Health Camps and Academies explore the various professions included in allied health (broadly defined as all healthcare professionals aside from doctors and nurses).

    Behavioral Health Camps and Academies are designed for students ages 15-19 to explore career pathways in the field of behavioral health. Students will earn 1 college credit and learn about key topics in behavioral health including wellness techniques, abuse, neglect, addiction, grief, stress and mental health while discovering career paths within the field. Students will explore careers including social workers, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, behavioral health aides, and other positions within the field of behavioral health and human services. For more information, contact

    2017 Camps will be held on the following schedule:

    • Anchorage: March 13-18 (day camp only, behavioral health focus)
    • Palmer: March 13-18 (day camp only, allied health focus)
    • Barrow: May 28-June 3 (residential camp for middle-schoolers, allied health focus)
    • Barrow: June 4-17 (residential camp for high-schoolers, allied health focus)
    • Ketchikan: June 4-10 (residential camp for high-schoolers, behavioral health focus)
    • Nome: June 11-17 (residential camp for high-schoolers, behavioral health focus)
    • Bethel: June 18-24 (residential camp for high-schoolers, behavioral health focus)

    Here are the brochures for the Summer 2017 programs:

    Apply online at

  • ANSEP STEM Careers Exploration

    ANSEP STEM Careers Exploration

    The ANSEP program introduces students from grades 6-12 to a variety of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). AHEC has partnered with ANSEP to offer a healthcare track. During the summer students visit the UAA campus and participate in hands-on activities, including dissections, first-aid training, tours of healthcare facilites and talks from professionals in several different fields.

    The 2016 middle-school ANSEP concluded with a website presentation created by the students themselves:

    The 2017 program also included a website or poster presentation. Here are the student pages:


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